Tyson Fury has added a new twist to an old act.
The unbeaten two-time and reigning lineal heavyweight champion from Manchester, England confirmed plans to end his faux retirement, seeking a trilogy clash with countryman Derek Chisora. Fury has targeted December for such an event, though the pairing remains little more than a rumor at this stage.
"I've decided to come back to boxing because I can be the first heavyweight champion in history to have two trilogies,” Fury declared in a video released through his verified social media channels on Tuesday. “One with Deontay Wilder and the second with Derek Chisora.
“I'd always said I'd fight Derek Chisora at the end of my career. Here we are, breaking all records again and setting new precedents.”
Fury (32-0-1, 23KOs) is sadly misinformed on breaking new ground regarding heavyweight trilogies. Former champions Muhammad Ali, Evander Holyfield, Ezzard Charles and Jersey Joe Walcott are among those who have entered multiple trilogies (or greater) over the course of their legendary Hall of Fame careers. The 6’9” heavyweight would be the first Brit to do so, although there is little demand and a long road ahead for a third fight with Chisora.
Both sides have expressed an interest in such a fight, though money will remain a major factor in its progress or lack thereof. There is also the issue of Chisora (33-12, 23KOs) not being ranked by the WBC, whose heavyweight title Fury has held since February 2020.
Fury won the WBC title and reestablished heavyweight championship lineage after dethroning long-reigning champ Deontay Wilder in the seventh-round of their rematch at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The bout came nearly 15 months after their December 2018 draw in Los Angeles, which occurred three fights into Fury’s comeback. Fury was out for more than 30 months, due to a backdated two-year drug testing suspension along with battling alcoholism, substance abuse and severe depression. The fall from grace came after he dethroned longtime lineal and unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, though failing to make a single successful defense as he severed all ties from the sport less than a year later.
Fury is 7-0-1 (5KOs) since returning to the ring in June 2018, including 3-0-1 in championship fights. Two successful defenses have come of his current reign—an eleventh-round knockout of Wilder (42-2-1, 41KOs) in their epic trilogy clash last October in the 2021 Fight of the Year, and a sixth-round knockout of countryman Dillian Whyte on April 23 at Wembley Stadium in London, with a venue-record crowd of 94,000 on hand to witness what Fury insisted at the time was the final fight of his career.
However, Fury has held onto the WBC title and claims he is not obligated to defend or relinquish until April 2023, when his next mandatory challenger will be decided.
Chisora returned to the win column with a disputed twelve-round, split decision victory over Kubrat Pulev on July 9 at The O2 in London. The feat ended a three-fight losing streak, while avenging a prior loss to Pulev in May 2016.
By that point, Chisora already suffered two defeats to Fury. He dropped a twelve-round, unanimous decision in their July 2011 battle of unbeaten prospects and was not permitted to come out of his corner after the tenth round of their November 2014 rematch.
Chisora managed his lone career title fight in between the two bouts, suffering a twelve-round, unanimous decision defeat to Vitali Klitschko in February 2012. The 38-year-old heavyweight gatekeeper is 8-7 dating back to his May 2016 defeat to Pulev. However, he remains enough of a name to where the back and forth with Fury through the media will at least generate headlines regardless of whether an actual fight comes of the matter.
If the fight does materialize, Fury claims he it will come with longtime stablemate and fringe featherweight contender Isaac Lowe serving as his head trainer.
“When I was with Peter (Fury, Tyson’s uncle), Isaac was there,” Fury noted. “When I was with Ben [Davison], Isaac was there. When I was with SugarHill [Steward], Isaac was always there. He’s always giving me great information. We’re a great team. We’ve always been together and we’re going to finish this out together.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox