Tyson Fury is braced for the next chapter of an already storied career when he takes on fellow-Brit Derek Chisora at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Saturday. The 12-round WBC heavyweight championship bout will be broadcast on BT Sport Box Office in the U.K. and ESPN+ in the U.S.
Fury is coming off a sensational sixth-round stoppage of another British contender, Dillian Whyte, in April. The charismatic Englishman was headlining his first stadium event, with 94,000 fans in attendance, and he rose to the occasion with a brutal one-punch knockout.
Despite being a prohibitive 10-1 underdog, Chisora is also coming off one of his best victories to date. In July, the fighter known as “War” avenged a 2016 defeat to Kubrat Pulev when he scored a 12-round split decision over the Bulgarian at the O2 Arena.
“I think Chisora is an improved as a fighter,” Fury told The Sporting News recently. “Over the years, he’s worked out how to keep coming, take punches, keep moving forward, and swing his own shots.
“Chisora’s been in the Top 10 for the last 10 years or so. That’s why his name is ‘War’. He’s like an old-school seventies heavyweight. I believe that he could hold his Top-10 ranking in any era. He’s that type of fighter: works hard, throws hundreds of punches, and he’s as tough as a brick.”
Despite the mutual respect between the pair, “The Gypsy King” already holds two wins over Chisora (in 2011 and 2014), and he’s the consensus-best heavyweight in the world today.
The Sporting News provides the lowdown on Fury’s march to supremacy.
Which titles has Tyson Fury won?
Simple answer? Pretty much all of them.
Fury has won the British championship (twice) and the European title.
Transitioning to the elite level in 2015, “The Gypsy King” lay claim to IBF, WBA, WBO, and Ring Magazine championships, establishing himself as the No. 1 heavyweight in the world.
Over four years later, Fury picked up the WBC title and another Ring Magazine championship. He has since vacated the latter following a very brief retirement.
How many knockouts does Tyson Fury have?
Fury has knocked out 23 of 32 opponents for a 70-percent knockout ratio.
Once mocked for his lack of punching power, Fury’s defection to offense-based trainer Sugar Hill Steward has experts re-evaluating his hitting power. He’s never been more dangerous than he is now.
What are Tyson Fury’s best wins?
On November 28, 2015, Fury squared off against legendary long-reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko. While the fight failed to catch fire, the challenger’s tactical know-how and movement befuddled the Ukrainian star throughout. Fury claimed a 12-round unanimous decision by scores of 116-111, 115-112, and 115-112.
In February 2020, Fury faced Deontay Wilder for a second time. Still smarting from a contentious draw with Wilder fourteen months earlier, Fury was far more aggressive in the rematch. Two knockdowns preceded a dominant seventh-round stoppage win.
An unlikely trilogy bout with Wilder ended up being the best fight of the three. Fury decked “The Bronze Bomber” in the third round, but had to survive a torrid Round 4, during which he was decked twice by Wilder’s signature right hand. Fury quickly re-established command and scored a brutal 11th-round knockout. The bout was later named The Ring Fight of the Year for 2021.
Tyson Fury vs. Derek Chisora 3: Who has the best record?
Fury, 34, entered the professional ranks in December 2008. He has a record of 32-0-1 (23 KOs) and has engaged in 210 rounds in his career. Despite a near-three-year layoff, “The Gypsy King” has maintained his dominance and won everything there is to win.
The 38-year-old Chisora turned professional in February 2007 and has a record of 33-12 (23 KOs) He has contested 304 rounds to date. Chisora is a former British and European champion and this will be his second world title shot.
Both fighters have campaigned against some of the best fighters in the division, but it’s Fury’s near-flawless success that separates the two. The only blemish on Fury’s record is a 12-round split decision draw with Wilder, and the general consensus is that it should have been a victory.