Scorecard And Report: Dominant Tyson Fury smothers and out-bullies “Del Boy” Dereck Chisora to become British and Commonwealth champ

23 Jul

Alan Dawson – London

Eccentric heavyweight Tyson Fury added the British and Commonwealth championship titles to his English belt due to a dominant display against a gassed but game Dereck Chisora on Saturday, July 23 at Wembley Arena, London. The momentum shifted constantly in the first four rounds but Fury then claimed all rounds bar one going into the home stretch in what was a strong domestic slobberknocker.

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Dawson’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Fury 10 9 10 9 10 10 10 10 10 9 10 10
Chisora 9 10 9 10 9 9 9 9 9 10 9 9

Judges verdict: 117-112, 117-112, 118-111 to Fury.

The contest had all the makings of a domestic classic that could embed itself into the rich history of the British heavyweight championship title. Two undefeated prospects from contrasting walks of life… Dereck Chisora, a man nicknamed “Del Boy” after the classic British sitcom character Derek “Del Boy” Trotter from Only Fools and Horses and, like his namesake, Chisora is also a wheeler-dealer, having named his motor sales business D.A.F.T (Dereck’s Association of Finchley Trader). Line him up next to Tyson Fury and not only do they look completely different (Fury has an eight inch height advantage and is of traveling cloth compared to Chisora’s Zimbabwean roots), but Fury also has an alternative background. A self-proclaimed gypsy of mixed English and Irish roots, Fury has boxing in his blood and fights for the honour… Chisora, in contast, sees it as a business and a way of earning a buck.

Interest in the bout transcended our borders as Las Vegas resident and boxing broadcasting icon Al Bernstein was brought in by terrestrial television channel 5 to call the shots, while American viewers could tune in to the fight should they part company with $24.95 as it was shown on pay-per-view. Chisora’s British and Commonwealth titles were on the line and the winner could be fast-tracked into a unified world title shot as IBF/WBO and WBA champion Wladimir Klitschko has already expressed an interest in boxing the victor.

Fury was first to make his ring-walk… the 23-year-old lapped-up the spotlight, raised his arms aloft, soaked in the atmosphere while a U2 hit – “Still haven’t found what I’m looking for” accompanied him to the square of truth. Fury, for so long during the promotion of the event, told us he was the real deal. his confidence was immense, his bravado was enjoyable and the brobdingnagian heavyweight challenger stepped over the top rope like it was nothing. Chisora came out draped in the colours of the Union flag and had a Bernard Hopkins-style executioner’s mask on.

Due to Fury’s pre-fight comments regarding the killing of Chisora come fight night, the reigning champion refused to honour certain media commitments where Fury was involved but there was no avoiding his adversary as the ring bell chimed to signal the start of the contest. Fury enjoyed the first piece of major action as he flurried Chisora who, moments later, enjoyed good success when he pinned Fury against a turnbuckle. Fury’s best punch in the opening stanza was his long-range jab while Chisora fended Fury off with left uppercuts.

Chisora sought to pressure Fury at the start of the second but, during an attack, he walked into a right hand. Fury has been criticised for possessing an inelegant style but with every fight he has upped his technique by fighting to his natural advantages – boxing tall. Like his sparring partner Wladimir Klitschko, when Chisora was in close, Fury lent on his opponent in order to sap him of energy. In the second minute, Fury had Chisora troubled with a stiff right but the damage sparked Chisora into an animalistic rage as he then had Fury feeling all sorts of problems with his relentless attack, the left hook in particular worked well for him as it navigated it’s way around Fury’s upright guard. Chisora followed up the left hook shot with overhand rights.

Chisora’s intuitive head movement ensured he was able to duck under Fury’s jab at the start of the third. Fury began to box clever as he followed up his jab with a right uppercut when Chisora was leaning in. Fury, as the round grew on and he gained confidence, let his fists go and put together accurate three-punch combinations. The overhand right from Chisora, though, had the potential to be a fight-ender as it was launched from the East End of London and connected here in the west of the City at a decked-out and atmospheric Wembley Arena. By the end of the round Chisora was bleeding from the mouth.

Fury, dressed in white trunks, kept his fists low in the fourth and used foot skills to back away from Chisora’s incoming shots. Fury fought behind his jab but the momentum swung back toward the defending champion as his single-shot power punching pushed the challenger back. Again, it was the left hook that caught Fury although he began to be able to anticipate the overhand right. When the bell signalled the end of the round there was a bit of afters as a mad-for-it Fury smiled through his mouthguard at Dereck.

Fury remained the more active fighter in the fifth, throwing out an accurate jab while Chisora pressed forth. As the round reached it’s midway point, Fury began putting his punches together in strong fashion and hit Chisora with some sturdy body blows. When he returned to the corner he threw his arms in the air to elicit a response from a crowd that were largely on his side.

The challenger continued to have the upper hand in the sixth round and it had become obvious that the contest-deciding factor would end up being conditioning. Chisora weighed in yesterday at a career-high 261lbs, indicating he may have believed Fury would fold when the going got tough – like it did in the second round – and that he’d be able to lay him out early. Fury, in contrast, registered a good weight for a 6’9 guy in 255.5lbs. With the fight at the half-way point, Fury began posing for the cameras and playing up for the audience.

Chisora’s activity was not as great as Fury’s at the beginning of the fight, but his output was decreasing with every round. To further worsen Chisora’s potential problem with going the distance, Fury would be wise to pepper his opponent’s body with punches, which he would go on to do, but not enough in the view of this spectator. With 30 seconds remaining there were a series of great moments from Fury as he unloaded a four punch combination on Chisora’s head before leaning his own head back to avoid Chisora’s reply, then he flurried one more time.

Chisora’s corner may have motivated their ward with some inspirational words between rounds as, at the start of the eighth, he struck Fury with his punch of the night – the overhand right. Midway through the round, Fury backed Chisora into a corner. The attack from either side appeared lacklustre, so both guys may have been aiming for a breather. Fury, though, will have won points as it was he who had Chisora trapped at the end of his jab.

There was a lot of holding at the start of the ninth round. Fury’s bodywork was effective, but not as relentless as it should have been considering Chisora’s clear struggle – he was breathing heavy. There were periods of action that were not pretty, with Fury leaning on Chisora and the latter holding on. When Fury threw heavy leather from range, the crowd responded enthusiastically.

In the tenth round it was clear that Chisora had very little left. The added weight may have worn him down if he was not expecting a distance fight and Fury was exasperating that by working the body, forcing his own weight onto him whenever he leaned on him and taking him to places he had not been taken to before on the domestic circuit. In the final minute of the tenth, Chisora – surprisingly – sparked into action and sent a thunderous right hand onto the head of Fury. Tyson almost had Chisora out of the ring at one point as if it was a WWE Royal Rumble contest and, at the end of the round, Fury again showed his golden smile as he seemed to relish the brief physical assault Dereck inflicted on the challenger.

At the start of the eleventh Chisora took a number of head shots flush. Fury switched postures to the southpaw stance as he hit Chisora with right hand jabs. Fury attacked Chisora against a corner with a flurry but, when he backed off, Chisora stood up tall and shrugged his shoulders as if to say “What of it?” In the final minute of the penultimate stanza, Chisora hunched over and protected his head with a high guard while Fury worked him over with uppercuts.

For the first time the public had seen there was a mutual show of respect as, prior to the start of the twelfth, both Brits elaborately fist-bumped their gloves. The bodywork by Fury continued in the final round but, all he needed to do, according to On The Beak‘s unofficial scorecard, was hang in there as he commanded an 8-3 lead in terms of rounds. Chisora sneaked a solitary overhand right through to Fury’s upstairs. For the third time in the fight, though, Fury worked Chisora into the same corner and flurried, leaned on him and generally smothered him. Chisora needed the knockout to keep a grasp on his two domestic belts but it was Fury who finished as the aggressor.

The charasmatic challenger had hooked the public’s attention prior to fight night and delivered on his promises with a strong performance, all that was missing was a knockout but after wrapping his arm around Chisora – who had his shoulders low and looked every piece a defeated man – Fury began to clown around in front of the cameras and generally act like a big, likeable kid. With a deserved decision victory, Fury rose to 15-0-0, 10ko while Chisora dropped to 14-1-0, 9ko.

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