Chisora will take home £2m payday from mismatch bout against Fury

RIATH AL-SAMARRAI: Derek Chisora will walk away from his fight with Tyson Fury far richer, after netting a £2MILLION payday – but he will be left questioning the transaction after his brutally one-sided defeat to the Gypsy King

  • Tyson Fury made light work of Derek Chisora in their trilogy bout on Saturday
  • Fury cruised to an emphatic win over Chisora at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 
  • The latter will net a £2m paycheck but will still question why he took the fight
  • READ: Tyson Fury puts on a clinic to dispatch of Derek Chisora in trilogy bout 

Derek Chisora had around two million reasons to take a fight with Tyson. In the nine and a half rounds before the referee finally ended this farce, he may have wondered if it was the daftest transaction of a long career.

He will be substantially richer, of course. He will have also garnered respect for that most questionable of talents for absorbing a beating. But this was a nonsense. It was a dangerous nonsense on paper and it was a far more dangerous nonsense in the ring.

The only blessing is Fury knew the scale of the mismatch and seemingly had the decency to leave gears three, four, five and six untouched. Had he been more spitefully inclined, reviews of this engagement for the WBC heavyweight title would be taking a more severe and concerned tone.

Derek Chisora and Tyson Fury settled their trilogy bout at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Chisora was given a brutal beating from the Gypsy King throughout the bout in London

The referee waved off the bout in the 10th round with Chisora left battered and bloodied 

Instead, it was simply an affront to competitive senses; a clash between a great fighter and a limited contender of 38 whose main attribute has often taken on the appearance of his worst enemy – his courage. Combined, those ingredients meant a bout that somehow extended to the final nine seconds of the 10th round, even if it was as good as over from the first exchanges of the first session, when we had visual confirmation of the obvious.

That is to say, Chisora would be ballsy. He would be brave. He would swing in Fury’s direction and he would miss. In return, an old swinger with 12 previous defeats, three of which had come in his most recent four bouts, would take as much as Fury could be bothered to give and he kept signing for further deliveries. Good on Chisora for fancying the work, good on any brave man in a hard sport, but it was about as close a match as one between Fury and a heavy bag. Heavy bags were never designed for world title shots.

Again, the relief is Chisora did not get seriously hurt for his £2m payday. In fact, the only time he went down was when he and Fury collapsed in a heap together during the third. But it was a case of domination, a slaying of 1,000 unanswered cuts rather than anything involving an axe.

The 38-year-old will take home a comfortble £2million paycheck from the trilogy fight

Although he’ll be left wondering if the big payday was worth it after his embarrassing defeat

When Fury wanted to land, he landed. When he wanted to ease off on a man he sincerely likes, and whom he had beaten twice before, he eased off, most notably in the fourth when he seemed keen to give Chisora a breather. Either side of that interlude, or that act of mercy if you prefer, there were moments when Fury brutally pummelled the Londoner with his combinations and upper cuts, but somehow not enough to convince Chisora’s corner to chuck in their towel.

The sight of their guy spitting out long trails of blood in the seventh should have been evidence that this had gone far enough. Ditto the right eye that was cut and bruised shut in the eighth. 

Same questions go for the referee Victor Loughlin, who eventually stepped in near the end of the 10th when Fury was working a combination. What took them all so bloody long? Only Chisora’s long-term health will determine if that prolonged period of punishment was preferable to more sudden methods of defeat.

‘I felt good,’ said Fury. ‘I needed some rounds as I hadn’t boxed since April. I’ve had a retirement, I’ve had a lot going on. Take nothing away from Derek – he’s an absolute warrior. It’s been an absolute privilege to fight him three times. I was hitting him with shots that knock anyone else spark out and he was calling me a little b**** in there.’

Fury and Chisora embraced in the ring after the fight – with the latter’s eyes completely swollen

Be that as it may, we have to question the creation of such a fight, when its own promoter Frank Warren thought it ridiculous when this possibility was first raised last year. To think, we somehow ended up seeing it anyway because discussions collapsed around more meaningful bouts for Fury against Anthony Joshua or Oleksandr Usyk, the holder of the division’s remaining belts.

Usyk was here, as it happens, but not in the capacity we wanted. And no doubt as perplexed at ringside as the rest of us that this most compelling of sports remains capable of delivering such silly assignments. When it was done, with Chisora appearing to thank Loughlin for his intervention, Fury addressed the Ukrainian over the ropes.

‘You are next you b****,’ he told him, and then he offered some other descriptions for a champion he hopes to fight next . ‘You rabbit. You p****. You 15st little midget. You beat a bodybuilder. You ugly little man. Let’s get it on.’

There were 60,000 people in attendance to watch Fury dispatch Chisora for a third time

Of course, the 60,000 here at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium lapped it up. Just as they parted with their cash for a ticket, which included the bonus of watching Daniel Dubois survive three first-round knockdowns before stopping Kevin Lerena in the third on the undercard.

That gave value; the main event was merely a vessel for Fury to tune up and pocket somewhere in the region as £20m. Decent work if you can get it, and a crowd that was proof of two things: folk would pay to watch Fury lick stamps and, secondly, that his assorted misdemeanours, from bigotry to failed drugs tests to the endorsement of an alleged cartel lord, won’t get in the way.

Boxing, it’s a different kind of weird.



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