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Hell hath no Fury for Tyson who takes on Dereck Chisora

| 29.11.2014

Dereck Chisora is seeking revenge against Tyson Fury, who lost to the Manchester-based boxer three years ago; however, is the 9/4 outsider with Coral, who are sponsoring the fight, to win.

“I’m in a better place than the first fight,” said Chisora. “I’m more mature and more experienced. I’m a dad now and there’s nothing better in the world than being a dad. I’ve been working on being more mobile and I want to get the fight rolling.

“The way I’ve got this fight planned out, by round seven he’ll be 5ft 5in. I’m in my prime; heavyweights peak in their 30s and that’s what’s happening to me now. It’s going to be a great fight.”

Fury, however, has reportedly been exchanging letters with Charles Bronson, Britain’s most violent prisoner, ahead of the bout, where the winner will earn the right to face Vladamir Klitschko.

“I have written to him a couple of times and he has written back to me,” said Fury. “It was just general stuff between us. You could say I suppose the letters were one crazy man to another.

“I’m really busy at the moment but I would like to go and see him when I get the time.”

The boxer has grown a beard in the run-up to the fight, in which he has odds of 11/8 to win by knockout, though he may have to shave it off, with the British Board of Boxing Control stating a boxers’ chin has to be clear at all times when competing.

Fury doesn’t have a problem with this, though. “I was originally inspired by the beard that Charles Bronson grew,” he revealed.

“If Chisora’s camp want me to shave it off because of some rule, then fine, I will take it off, no problem. If they want me to shave down below, I’ll do that as well or maybe they want me to have a waxing… I’ll do that for them too.”

Should he win though, 7/4 to do so on points, Fury fears that boxing’s politics may prevent him from getting a shot at the world title.

“I think if I was going to fight for a world title I’d have fought for it already,” added Fury. “I’m 26 years old. I’ve been a professional since I was 20 and in the top 10 in the world after 14 fights. I’m still there – still not done anything.”

Victory against Chisora could move him up to the number one contender in the WBO rankings, though he still suggests obstacles will prevent him from taking on the Ukrainian boxing legend.

“This is a mandatory fight, so whoever wins will be mandatory for the WBO title,” continued Fury. “That means he has to fight or vacate the title.

“I believe that he’s not going to fight me. They will offer me a stupid little deal that we are obviously going to refuse, then we’ll want to put it to purse bids.

“They’ll say they want a voluntary defence because I’ve only just fought for the mandatory spot for his title. That could drag on again.

“Then special rules apply for unification fights with other fighters and that puts you back even further. So, I’m potentially two years away even as mandatory challenger.”

Odds on Chisora-Fury II to go the distance are at evens, but whatever happens it should provide exciting entertainment.



Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
Although he has interviewed current England manager Roy Hodgson as well as Rafa Benitez and a number of other names, he is honoured to have spent time in the company of Gordon Banks. Matt enjoys cultivating long-lasting professional and personal relationships, is solution orientated, and supports Coral’s sports content provision.