Even when Derek Chisora was smack dab in the middle of his physical prime, Tyson Fury proved to be far too much for the longtime heavyweight contender. With two defeats at the hands of Fury and 12 total losses saddled to his record, the boxing community was stunned when the 38-year-old was initially given the call.
Although his 1-3 run has left Chisora firmly out of the heavyweight title picture, Fury, on a whim, has selected his good friend as his next opponent. Officially, the two will entertain a jam-packed crowd at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the United Kingdom this upcoming weekend on December 3rd.
By and large, regardless of his lovable personality and penchant for giving fans all-out brawls, most pundits and supporters have wholeheartedly dismissed his chances at pulling off the upset. While he understands where his detractors are coming from, Chisora reveals that he’s thrown on his ear muffs.
“Everybody’s got a chance in this life,” said Chisora on BT Sport Boxing. “I back myself every day in everything that I do.”
As mentioned previously, Chisora has fallen on difficult times. Following a modest three-fight win streak, the aging contender suffered defeat in three consecutive bouts. Stemming the tide, however, Chisora would go on to score an unlikely upset victory against Kubrat Pulev.
Though he was happy to re-enter the winner’s circle, Fury has yet to taste defeat as a professional. In his most recent outing, the 34-year-old champion registered the first successful defense of his WBC crown against Dillian Whyte, stopping his man in the sixth round.
In the eyes of many, a showdown against unified champion, Oleksandr Usyk, was the obvious choice. Nevertheless, after revealing that he was unwilling to wait sequestered on the sidelines until next year, Fury moved forward with an optional title defense against Chisora.
Though normally truculent, Chisora (33-12, 23 KOs) has seemingly accepted that his road to becoming a heavyweight title holder is fairly slim. Having suffered through what he believes were both bemusing and unjust decisions on the judge’s scorecards over the years, Chisora acknowledges that in order to begin his reign as heavyweight champion, he’ll have to pry the WBC title from Fury’s lifeless body.
“It’s gonna be hard but I’m prepared to go through the storm to go get what's his and make mines. I have to knock this man out for me to win.”