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Fury v Chisora: Preview and predictions

World heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury will fight once more this year. But it's not
the opponent fans had been hoping for, leaving many feeling let down by British
heavyweight boxing once again.
When Fury takes to the ring on the first Saturday of December at the Tottenham Hotspur
Stadium in London, he won't see former champion Anthony Joshua standing in the opposing
corner. Current top-weight belt-holder Oleksandr Usyk won't be there either. Contract
negotiations with both men failed to produce a fight, much to the disappointment of the noble
art's hardy band of followers and casual fans.
Fury faces fellow British heavyweight Derek Chisora in an underwhelming match, but one
that could catch fire when the bell rings. Fury is the favorite with all major bookmakers in the
United States. That will be particularly interesting to sports fans in Maryland where online
gambling could be available before the end of the year. Ideally, in time for this world
heavyweight championship bout.

Expect WAR in London

Chisora is a well-liked, tough opponent who has fought the best and survived to tell the story.
He has been in with Usyk, taking the Ukrainian the 12-round distance before losing on
points. But what does he bring to the table, and is he a credible threat to his opponent's reign
at the top?

Only time will tell, but there is a word of warning for those who had written Chisora off,
calling this fight a mismatch. On paper, it probably is poor matchmaking, but boxing fans
know nothing is decided on the stats. Anything can happen in this game, and it often does.
See Andy Ruiz Jr's shock win over AJ in New York for further reading. Hasim Rahman's
brutal KO of a prime Lennox Lewis, anyone?
Boxing is unpredictable, and that's why it's so popular. Chisora has a chance to celebrate the
best Christmas possible by beating Fury and ending the year as champion of the world. That
will open the door for huge paydays in the new year. Beat the Gypsy King in London next
month, and he could face Usyk, AJ, or a rematch with Tyson in the first half of 2023.

Chisora's CV doesn’t tell the full story
Chisora will duck between the ropes on fight night as the rank outsider with bookies, pundits,
and most fans in attendance. Those watching from the arena or live on TV will quickly
realize that means nothing to this modern-day gladiator. He brings a professional record
detailing 33 wins against 12 defeats, with 23 knockout victories and three stoppage defeats.
If a dozen defeats aren’t enough to explain why Del Boy has been written off ahead of this
fight, the next stat might. The 38-year-old from Finchley in London has managed just one
win in his last four outings, losing three bouts on the bounce. During that drought, WAR lost
to Usyk and Joe Parker, two men who are or have been champion of the world.
There is one glimmer of light for Derek's backers, and that’s the victory he claimed in his
most recent outing. During the summer, Chisora beat the respected and tough Kubrat Pulev
on points at the O2 Arena in London. It was a grueling contest and one that swung back and
forth, but WAR deserved the split decision win granted to him by the scoring judges. One
judge scored the fight 112-116 Pulev while the others tallied 116-114 and 116-112 in favor of
the Londoner.

Champ brings his perfect record

There are more than a few losses on his opponent’s record, but Fury’s card remains
unblemished. He has won 32 bouts and drawn one of his 33, scoring 23. Former champion
Deontay Wilder inflicted the spare draw on his card, but the American was fortunate to leave
the ring with a share that night.
We last saw Fury in action beating Dillian Whyte in round six at Wembley Stadium. That
was another punch-perfect display and another impressive win. Whyte and Chisora aren't the
kind of opponents fight fans had hoped. Still, Fury deserves credit for keeping himself active
and offering a shot at the title to other British contenders who may not have been so lucky if
it wasn't for Team Fury's generosity.
Tyson has already beaten Chisora twice, including a 10th-round stoppage at the ExCel Centre
in the Docklands area of London. Will we see him complete the treble?

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