MOST OF MY day on Thursday was spent on the, for me, particularly unfamiliar territory of Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, launching proceedings for the all-British WBC world heavyweight title fight between Tyson Fury and Derek Chisora, which will take place on December 3.
Even I have got to admit that it is not a bad gaff in N17, to be fair. But I did repent for my sins in the evening by crossing over to my own spiritual home of the Emirates to watch Arsenal in European action.
All joking aside, it is a spectacular venue and a fitting stage for Tyson to make what will be a third defense of his WBC title and I am delighted to be promoting there for the first time.
Tyson has shown his superstar-power again with a really healthy set of sales numbers yesterday. Over 50k tickets were sold and we are on course for a sell-out.
Anyone who wants a ticket to this heavyweight spectacular should get theirs ASAP as I can only see there being scraps left after this weekend.
Regarding a few negative mutterings about the fact Tyson is facing Chisora for a third time.
I won’t attempt to rewrite history and tell you this is the fight we wanted all along. It is not. We explored the Oleksandr Usyk undisputed fight, but he declared he will not be ready until early next year.
Then Tyson made a very generous offer to Anthony Joshua, and we all know what came of that, so I won’t go over old ground.
With those two out of the equation, go through the BoxRec rankings and you will see that Derek is the best and available option.
We could have played a waiting game, but Tyson wants to fight, and I guaranteed him that we would get a fight for him in December. This is good news for fans because he wants to be a busy champion and have this fight before taking on three fights next year.
Tyson will keep the heavyweight division moving and, as fans, that is what we want. He is a global superstar of the sport, and we should make the most of opportunities to witness him in action while we can.