Tyson Fury (23-0, 17 KOs) easily dominated Dereck Chisora (20-5, 13 KOs) in their highly anticipated rematch, which never lived up to its reputation on Saturday. He won by technical knockout after Chisora’s corner decided to stop the fight after the 10th round.
The undefeated Fury had won every round prior to that in convincing fashion and even asked the referee why he was allowing the fight to continue during the 10th, amid a rain of boos coming down from the stands of London’s ExCeL Arena.
The undercard, which featured the highly anticipated clash between Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr., ran well over an hour late, but as shared by the Daily Telegraph‘s Gareth A. Davies, the fans didn’t voice their disapproval:
The reason for that was clear, of course—this was one of the most anticipated heavyweight bouts in recent British history, and people had spent months looking forward to it. Even star footballer Wayne Rooney couldn’t hide his excitement:
Fury predictably went to the jab early to take full advantage of his tremendous reach, while Chisora tried to bully his way inside and kept his hands active in the opening round.
The 30-year-old was twice warned for low blows inside the first three minutes, and The Sun Boxing noticed Chisora was gunning for an early stoppage:
Fury moved to the southpaw stance in Round 2, finding some success counter-punching against Chisora’s big overhand rights. The undefeated favourite certainly controlled the round, landing with left hooks and powerful jabs.
Del Boy landed a massive overhand right early in the third, momentarily stunning his opponent. Fury quickly recovered, however, showcasing his exceptional versatility by moving very well around the ring.
As shared by The Sun Boxing, people who were expecting a slugfest due to the bad blood between both fighters were stunned when the duo continued to show respect to each other:
ByTheMin Boxing couldn’t help but notice the massive difference in size between both fighters and how it was impacting the bout:
A quick left stunned Chisora in the fourth, as Fury continued to outbox his smaller opponent, racking up the points in the process. Boxing Revolution was impressed:
ESPN’s Dan Rafael didn’t think the 26-year-old looked all that great, however, particularly when considering a potential world-title bout against Wladimir Klitschko:
Chisora tried to shake things up by going to the body more in the fifth and continued doing the same in the sixth, but Fury had little trouble negotiating the punches, clinching whenever he needed to.
The crowd voiced its disapproval near the end of the sixth, as the spectators were hoping to see more of a brawl and less of a one-sided affair. Chisora’s face started showing signs of the damage he had already taken, and via ESPN’s Brian Campbell, he started feeling the effects of Fury’s jab as well:
Chisora’s corner asked if he wanted to continue at the end of the sixth before urging him to start moving, but the seventh round hardly saw any difference, and the booing continued going into the eighth.
Sportscaster Rich Marotta shared the crowd’s sentiments:
Even the referee got involved in the eighth round, calling the fighters in to ask them to increase the pace and give the fans what they paid for.
Going into the ninth, Fury had won just about every round and saw his opponent tiring, so he understandably elected not to change his tactics and simply defend the lead, knowing the chance to fight Klitschko was on the line.
He finally opened up in the 10th and landed a number of solid shots, which led Chisora’s corner to pull the plug on the fight once the round was over. ESPN’s Dan Rafael believed that was the right decision:
As shared by BoxNation, Fury had a message for current WBO champion Klitschko, who he will likely be fighting at some point during the summer:
Fury has a reputation for throwing erratic punches and losing his focus from time to time, but he fought a perfect bout on Saturday, showcasing just how far he’s come since his first meeting with Chisora. He didn’t look in the best of shape, however, and his inability to put an overmatched opponent on the canvas won’t scare Klitschko.
Chisora’s performance can only be summed up with the word “disappointing.” The 30-year-old hardly moved beyond the first round and showed next to nothing that could possibly trouble Fury. He’ll need to bounce back in a big way to put himself into position to fight for another shot at a title in 2015.