All of the smack talking is just about done and much more, apparently, is now on the line for Saturday’s British and Commonwealth heavyweight title clash between Champion Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora (14-0, 9 KOs) and undefeated challenger Tyson Fury (14-0, 10 KOs) at the Wembley Arena in London.
The scheduled Chisora-Fury 12-round main event has a much more serious world title shot implication for the winner as IBF/WBA and WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko recently told The Daily Mirror, “There are tons of guys who could be my next challenger who are young and undefeated. Chisora and Fury are two such fighters and they are going to fight soon. They may not be big names yet in world terms, but I had not heard about David Haye two years ago.”
Fury is a 6’ 9” 260-pound Irishman born in Manchester, England. Named after “Iron” Mike Tyson, the World Boxing Council’s No 21-rated Fury is the cousin of world middleweight title contender Andy Lee. In his last fight this past February, Fury knocked out previously unbeaten Narcelo Luiz Nascimento (13-0) in the fifth round. Other British heavyweights defeated by Fury include John McDermott and Scott Belshaw. Fury, who is aged 22, has dedicated his fight against Chisora to the memory of former world heavyweight title challenger and European champion, Sir Henry Cooper.
Fury has served as Klitschko’s sparring partner. “He’s (Fury) tall and he’s almost seven feet,” Klitschko was quoted in The Mirror. “For his size he is flexible and he floats around the ring. He could be a real good boxer if he stays focused because he has talent. I don’t know what he’s like inside, but he definitely has a talent for boxing.”
Klitschko’s famed trainer, Hall of Famer Emanuel Steward, who has worked with Fury, recently said in a radio interview (On The Ropes), “I think that unlike most people’s expectations, that Tyson Fury’s a very talented guy. We look at him as a big, oversized, very cocky kid. He’s only 22, but he has skills. Just the fact that both of these guys have the mindset of winners, I think this is going to be one of the heavyweight fights. This is the heavyweight fight I want to see myself. I know both guys personally. They’re both strong-willed guys much in the same make-up of Ali and Frazier.
“I think it’s going to be an extremely good fight. I know most people are picking Chisora and probably because of his more professional preparation. Tyson’s sheer physical size; he’s got a good chin, good stamina, and good punch output, also. I think those factors, and being 6’ 9” compared to 6’ 1” is going to be a big problem for Dereck to overcome. I may be a little crazy, but I give a slight edge to Tyson in this fight, mainly because of the physical size and he has good stamina.”
The 12-round co-feature showcases British Light Welterweight Champion Ashley“Treasure” Theophane in his first title defense against Welsh champion Jason “The Power” Cook.
Also on the undercard unbeaten Southern Area Light Middleweight Champion Ryan Toms (8-0, 3 KOs) defends his title against “Phat” Pat McAleese (12-1-1, 2 KOs) in a 10-round bout.
“The Big Brawl” PPV event is being distributed in the U.S. by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3 PM/ET – 12 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, and Avail-TVN, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. (Check with your PPV provider for same day replay times.) The telecast is also available in Canada to all Super Channel network subscribers.
Boxing fans in the UK can watch the British heavyweight title fight LIVE on Channel5
July 21, 2011