As October 9 slowly appears, Tyson Fury and Deontay WilderThe highly anticipated T-Mobile Arena trilogy fight in Paradise, Nevada is now just over a fortnight away.
With one of the heavyweight division’s most legendary rivalries on the verge of (possibly) peaking, the Gypsy King has not stepped into the ring since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, after having contracted the virus himself earlier this year.
So it might be easy to forget about Fury’s sheer power and destructive force. Derek chisora, however, did not.
As a younger and rawer Fury, the Manchester fighter was making his way through the boxing ranks in the late 2000s and early 2010s.
It was in November 2014, at the age of 26, that Fury fought fellow Briton Chisora at ExCeL London in a heavyweight title eliminator and also for British and European titles.
After defeating the Zimbabwe-born fighter three years earlier at Wembley for the British and Commonwealth crown by unanimous decision, on this occasion the judges’ scorecards were unnecessary.
Indeed, Fury brutally dismantled his opponent in 10 rounds.
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Aside from the previous nine, Chisora’s face had suffered severe damage, with her right eye swollen and closed.
As Chisora came out of her corner for the 10th, suggestions were made for referee Marcus McDonnell to stop the fight.
After another flurry of punches late in the round, even Fury agreed, as eager for the punishment to end, the Wythenshawe native turned around briefly and revealingly, begging the official to intervene. McDonnell remained unmoved.
As the bell rang for the end of the 10th, however, his corner was less than convinced, and coach Don Charles convinced his fighter to stop him, removing his mouthguard.
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Chisora over the course of his own career has grown into one of the most enduring fighters around, but even he could not resist the punishment inflicted on him by Fury. It was a savage demonstration.
Wilder knows Fury’s often surgical and methodical power all too well after their second fight in 2019 as well.
Supporting a burst eardrum in this fight, The Bronze Bomber is still determined to win back his WBC crown next month.
But Fury himself will be keen to put an end to the antagonisms of the Alabaman. Chisora’s abrupt loss in 2014 could still feel like a playground fall.