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Fury vs Chisora: Stats, facts & highlights from first fight

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Today, in a much-anticipated rematch, Dereck Chisora will face rival Tyson Fury in a battle of top-tier heavyweights.

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At stake will not only be British heavyweight bragging rights and Chisora's European Heavyweight Title but, more importantly, the opportunity to face lineal heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko next year.

And despite their colorful and sometimes revolting personalities, Chisora and Fury are serious, top-level heavyweights capable of generating fireworks in a division on the verge of making a huge resurgence.


"Me and the big man are ready to rock and roll on Saturday night," Chisora said.

"When the gloves go on, it's fight time and we are going to give the boxing fans something special to remember. I don't need to badmouth the guy. He's a warrior like me. We're going into the ring and laying everything on the line. It's going to be a war."

Will things be different this time?

Tyson Fury suggests he will offer no excuses.

"I've worked my arse off for this fight," insists Fury. "It's the hardest I've ever trained, definitely. I know that I've done everything I can in training camp and now it's down to Saturday night."

So what happened in their first encounter over three years ago?

For those who have forgotten the event or are unaware of the backdrop and details as they relate to Fury vs Chisora (2011), FightSaga has gathered some details to give fans a refresher leading into tonight's rematch.


Fury vs Chisora I: Stats, facts & tale of the tape

  • Date: July 23, 2011
  • Location: Wembley Arena, Wembley, London, United Kingdom
  • Referee: Victor Loughlin
  • Promoter: Mick Hennessy (Hennessy Sports)

  • Titles: BBBofC British Heavyweight (2nd defense by Chisora), Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight Title (1st defense by Chisora)


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  • Backdrop: Chisora was scheduled to face lineal heavyweight champion, Wladimir Klitschko on 11 December 2010, but the latter pulled out of the fight three days prior citing a torn abdominal muscle. The fight was later rescheduled for 30 April 2011, but this was later cancelled so Klitschko could fight David Haye on 2 July.

  • Rank: Chisora was ranked the No. 2 British heavyweight by BoxRec while Fury No.4 by the same site.(David Haye was the top ranked British heavyweight)

  • Odds: Fury entered as a slight 1.05/1 betting underdog.

  • Weight: At 261 lbs, a chubby Chisora was fighting at the heaviest fight of his professional career to date and 16.5 pounds heavier than in his previous bout ten months prior.

  • Insults: Prior to the fight, Fury did everything he could to verbally bash Chisora, suggesting he was scared, unproven, a crybaby about money and a woman-beater. (In November 2010, Dereck Chisora was found guilty of assaulting his girlfriend but was spared jail time)

  • Rust: Chisora has not fought in 10 months
  • In shape: Fury looked to be in the best shape of his career

  • Round 2: Chisora rocked Fury with a left and two rights
  • Round 4: Fury's combination punching won this stanzas as Chisora threw one shot at a time.

  • Round 5: Fury's best round of the fight; He varied his punches, threw crisp combinations and looked the fresher of the two boxers. Two rights hurting Chisora who was bloodied and battered as he headed to the stool.

  • Round 6: Chisora struggled to assert himself as Fury found success with the double left-hand jab/ right hook combination.

  • Round 9: More agile, Fury continued to pick Chisora off. It was apparent Chisora needed a knockout to win the fight.

  • Round 10: Fury pinned his opponent in the corner and scored well amid a 30 second rally from Chisora.

  • Rounds 11 and 12: Chisora looked exhausted and was reduced to single shots while Fury stuck to his game plan of boxing behind the jab and in bursts. 

  • Scores: 112-117 twice and 111-118 for Tyson Fury

  • Ratings: Fury vs Chisora I attracted a peak audience figure of 3 million viewers, much to the delight of Channel 5 

  • Aftermath: Fury would go on to relinquish both titles rather than face his mandatory (for both titles) David Price. Harsh criticism would follow as some believed Tyson Fury was fearful. 
Fury vs Chisora: Electrifying Round 2 Video Highlights
 

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