Derek Chisora gets his third pick at ‘The Gypsy King’ on December 3. Many fans think that, with his first two losses, he doesn’t get there – but he disagrees.
Given that it wasn’t long ago the British public despite the Tyson Fury – Anthony Joshua fight finally taking place, it’s no wonder there was an air of disappointment when Derek Chisora was announced as a replacement.
However, ‘Del Boy’ didn’t mind it. A reinvented boxer himself, he has upended the odds before and is planning to do the same at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this winter. BT Sport asked if he could defeat Fury. He answered yes, due to the change of champion along with his own preparation and style.
“This time, yes. When he’s with Peter Fury, he’s a very tricky fighter because Peter Fury is a very tough trainer. He likes to surprise the boxers, but I think… if he still trains with this American coach [SugarHill Steward], Tyson is very strong and very big, so he is training as if using only your strength, and your size, and just moving forward. So that will be very interesting.”
“For me, the biggest thing I have right now is that I’m fighting two – I’m fundamentalist and I’ve got men’s workouts in the gym that I’m in. Because you never know what he will debut as.”
“The hard part is that there are no heavyweights out there fighting like Tyson. You get bigger men, but they don’t move like him. It’s hard. It’s hard for him to get other fighters to fight like me [as well] … Only God knows what will happen on December 3.”
Chisora’s confidence is admirable, but not many in the sports world share it. Despite good ticket sales, fans and pundits are both branding the trifle a warm-up for ‘The Gypsy King’ as he strives towards an undisputed opportunity.
It’s worth remembering that the last time between Fury and ‘AJ’ fights, fans complained about another Deontay Wilder trilogy being worked on. Yes, Fury won again, but we got to see one of the best heavyweight fights in recent years. Who said the same thing might not happen again in December?