Still undefeated and still at the top of the world in boxing. Englishman Tyson Fury beat compatriot Derek Chisora for the third time in his career on Saturday, December 3, in London to retain his WBC heavyweight title.
Coming out of a short-lived retirement of a few months, the 34-year-old “Gypsy King” dominated the fight. Taller, heavier and with a much higher reach than Chisora, he nevertheless had to wait ten times and the logical decision of the referee to stop the match to overcome a very resistant, very courageous opponent who suffered an avalanche of blows but never gave up.
“What a fighter, what a warrior”, paid tribute to Tyson Fury in the ring after this new success against Chisora - already beaten in 2011 and 2014 -, which brings his impressive record to 33 victories, including 24 by KO (for a draw and no defeat). His evening opponent, aged 38, cashes him a 13e defeat for 33 successes.
The spectacular fight was watched by 60,000 spectators in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, including, at ringside, a certain Oleksander Usyk, the Ukrainian who holds the other three belts in the category (WBA, WBO, IBF). Against Usyk, if the unification of the belts is done next year, it will be another story, but Fury is very keen on it, as he said in the ring while insulting the Ukrainian, live, to amuse the audience.
“Usyk, you are next”
“Usyk, you’re next on the list”he launched, microphone in hand live on BT Sport. “You’re a tiny little guy and I’ve already beaten a Ukrainian, [Vladimir] Klitchsko, so it’s your turn now, little p…”, he added under the eyes of Joe Joyce, another British heavyweight.
” We will meet again “, Usyk then promised him, straight in the eye, for what would be the first unification fight by an English heavyweight since Lennox Lewis. Because the fight against another Briton, Anthony Joshua, former WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion, could never be organized.
It was Usyk who dethroned Joshua in September 2021, stripping him of his three belts. He beat him again last August, in Saudi Arabia, but wasn’t ready to face Fury this year. Negotiations continue, said Bob Arum, Fury’s promoter, for this highly anticipated fight.
On the program for this great London evening, there was also a Frenchman, the now ex-European lightweight champion, Yvan Mendy. Because the “Lion”, his official nickname, lost his EBU belt, on points, against another Ukrainian, Denys Berinchyk, who remains undefeated in 17 fights. Like Chisora, Mendy, at 37, will have to recover from this defeat.