Fury Defeats Chisora
By Tom Gray: Tyson Fury captured the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles with a hard fought unanimous decision victory over Dereck Chisora at the Wembley Arena on Saturday night. The judges scored the contest 117-112, 117-112 and 118-111.
Fury entered the ring in a t-shirt emblazoned with the words “I Found Jesus” and appeared very confident as Chisora followed looking focussed. The first round saw both men struggle to find any sort of timing, although Fury found a sharp right hand on the counter.
Chisora started quickly in the second and landed with a tremendous left hook which dazed the Manchester born challenger. A follow up assault ended with a big right hand and Fury did well to survive the session as he fired back with shots of his own.
Tyson was keen to regain a foothold in the third and the champion inexplicably failed to explore the results of his previous success. Chisora backed off which allowed the challenger to take the round with a steady work rate and scoring shots on the inside.
The fourth saw Chisora land another dynamite right hand and the champion managed to keep the pressure on for the majority of the round. Fury fought back gamely and displayed some real guts, while Chisora struggled for breath after a big attack.
At this point Chisora’s conditioning started to let him down badly. Unbelievably he had weighed in 6lbs heavier than his opponent, despite being eight inches shorter (6ft 1 to 6ft 9) and it was showing. The challenger was able to churn out the work and virtually nothing was coming back.
This pattern continued until Chisora found the energy to land a bursting over hand right in round eight but Fury’s determination was impressive as he returned fire with a solid right uppercut. Both men were shaken and decided to mug for the crowd to replenish energy as the crowd booed.
Fury could sense that his man was struggling and used his strength on the inside to drain Chisora further in the ninth. He was able to find room for some nice hooks and uppercuts on the inside and Chisora remained horribly inactive.
Normal service resumed in the tenth until Chisora found time to explode off the ropes with an impressive stream of hard and fast punches. The champion seemed to release all the punches, which he hadn’t thrown, in one endless barrage and Fury covered up in panic as the bell ended the round.
The eleventh and twelfth rounds brought the contest to a close with a whimper rather than a bang. Chisora had given everything in round ten and had nothing left in the championship rounds. Fury’s conditioning was tremendous for a big man and he banged home the work to leave the decision beyond question.
Fury’s stock rises as he conquers the domestic scene with a dominant performance to improve to 15-0 (10KO’s) whilst Chisora drops to 14-1 (9KO’s).
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