Tyson Fury (23-0, 17 KOs) proved to be much too good for Dereck Chisora (20-5, 13 KOs) tonight in beating him by a 10th round stoppage in their rematch at the ExCel Arena in London, UK. With Chisora bleeding and bruised, his trainer pulled him out of the fight after the 10th round. Chisora was a punching bag and his trainer did the right thing in opting not to let him continue into the 11th.
Fury, 6’9”, spent much of the fight switching from southpaw to orthodox in peppering a badly over-matched Chisora with jabs and power punches. Chisora was able to crowd him, but he was unable to let go of his shots for some reason. It’s hard to explain why Chisora couldn’t pull the trigger on his shots, but perhaps he over-trained. He looked in great shape, but he was unable to throw more than 2-3 punches per round.
It’s quite possible that Chisora left his game in training camp and over did it with all the exercises he put in to try and get ready for the fight.
Fury is now the WBO mandatory challenger to champion Wladimir Klitschko. However, he’s going to need to find some power by the time he faces Wladimir, because there’s no way that Fury will be able to compete against the hard hitting Wladimir if he fights like he did tonight. Wladimir punches much too hard for a light hitting fighter like Fury to have any chance of beating him.
The crowd booed the efforts of both fighters, as they wanted to see more two-way action. Chisora didn’t have the energy to fight hard, so you couldn’t blame him for failing to put in a crowd-pleasing performance. As for Fury, he was playing it safe and just trying to win rounds by tapping Chisora with shots rather than sitting down on his punches in the way that the crowd wanted him to.
You can make a strong argument that there really was no reason for a rematch between the two fighters other than to give them a chance at a payday. Fury beat Chisora by a one-sided 12 round decision three years ago in 2011, and there simply was no reason for a rematch given the one-sided nature of their first fight. One can only hope that this is the final time that the two fighters face each other, because there simply is no point in them facing each other action in this lifetime. For the sake of the fans, Chisora and Fury need to move on with their careers.