Derek Chisora (33-13, 23 KOs) gave a good account of himself before being stopped in the tenth round by WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (33-0-1, 24 KOs) on Saturday night at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
Fury was mostly mauling and landing occasional shots. The referee stopped the fight due to the lack of punches coming back from the 38-year-old Chisora.
The 34-year-old Fury mostly landed one or two shots followed by a clinch & lean. There wasn’t much of anything clean coming from Fury, but given Chisora’s tiredness, the referee opted to halt the contest. The fight was halted at 2:51 of the tenth.
After the fight, Fury got in the face of Oleksandr Usyk, who stood outside the ring while being yelled at by Tyson.
WBA ‘regular’ heavyweight champion Daniel Dubois (19-1, 18 KOs) dodged a bullet tonight, getting dropped three times in the first round, but then coming back to stop southpaw Kevin Lerena (28-2, 14 KOs) in the third round.
The big 6’5″ Dubois knocked Lerena down with a beautiful straight right to the head in round three.
A badly hurt Lerena immediately retreated to the ropes once he got back to his feet, leaving him easy prey for Dubois, who unloaded with a series of huge uppercuts to put him down for the second time in the round. The referee Howard Foster then stepped in and halted the fight.
The official time of the stoppage was at 3:00 of the third. In hindsight, Lerena failed to jump on the hurt Dubois at the start of the second round. Instead of going for the kill, Lerena took his time, boxed, and let Dubois off the hook.
Denys Berinchyk (17-0, 9 KOs) took advantage of his youth to wear down and beat European lightweight champion Yvan Mendy (47-6-1, 22 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision in a competitive contest. The scores were 117-112, 116-112, and 116-112.
After tonight’s Fury-Chisora 3 contest, IBF, WBA & WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk is expected to enter the ring to get Fury to commit to fighting him next.
It should be interesting because Fury recently said that he would physically attack Usyk on sight if he sees him on Saturday night. There will likely be security inside the ring to prevent Fury from taking a swing at Usyk, but you never know.
In the co-feature bout tonight, WBA secondary heavyweight champion Daniel Dubois (18-1, 17 KOs) will face the upset-minded Kevin Lerena (28-1, 14 KOs).
Undefeated 22-year-old light heavyweight prospect Karol Itauma (9-0, 7 KOs) beat Vladimir Belujsky (12-6-1, 8 KOs) by an eigth round stoppage.
Other action on the card:
Lightweight Royston Barney Smith (4-0, 2 KOs) destroyed Cruz Perez (3-4, 1 KOs) by first round knockout.
Cruiserweight Hosea Burton (28-3, 12 KOs) beat Darryl Sharp (6-96-1, 1 KOs) by a six round decision.
Super featherweight Isaac Lowe (22-2-3, 6 KOs) defeated Sandeep Singh Bhatti (8-5, 1 KOs).
Preview – Security will keep Fury & Usyk apart inside the ring
“If he tries to outbox Derek Chisora, then I think Usyk has a chance [against Fury] because that’s what Usyk does best; the long-range boxing game. Hopefully, it’s an exciting fight, and may the best man win,” said David Haye to Behind The Gloves.
“Does he do it as well as Tyson Fury? It remains to be seen. It solely depends on how this fight goes. It’s funny, but I don’t take it seriously. It’s a nice little talking point,” said Haye about Fury saying he’ll clobber Usyk if he enters the ring after the fight.
“There will be a lot of security between them,” Haye said about security keeping Fury from attacking Usyk after the fight when the IBF, WBA & WBO champion enters the ring to force Tyson to commit to a fight with him next.
“It’s all for the drama. I love it,” said Haye. “If he [Fury] goes over and assaults [Usyk], which effectively what it’ll be, that could jeopardize the fight. So anything that doesn’t jeopardize the fight.
“How about go over there and shake his [Usyk] hand and say, ‘Yes, we’re going to fight each other.’ Look him in the eyes,” said Haye about the ideal behavior he’d like to see from Fury towards Usyk after tonight’s clash with Chisora.
WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs) fights his old friend Derek Chisora (33-12, 23 KOs) tonight in a 12-round fight live on ESPN+ at the Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium in London, England.
The Fury vs. Chisora card will be shown live on ESPN+ beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 AM. PT. Boxing 247 will be giving live updates & results below of the action on the card.