Not a fight that everyone is calling for, but it’s happening anyway: Tyson Fury vs Derek Chisora III. Here’s why…
1 There are no other options
This is the main promoter Frank Warren, who, at the press conference to announce the fight, launched a list of heavyweights on BoxRec.com to confirm that the only heavyweight in the world Tyson Fury can fight next is Derek Chisora.
2 home comfort
Not being able to travel to the US obviously affected Fury’s options, so it made sense for him to stay in the UK and fight a fellow Brit. He can also say that he is doing it for the benefit of the British economy as opposed to what it should be.
3 Fury and Chisora are kindred spirits
The relationship is not working, it is not far, but still there is a feeling that Fury and Chisora are good and they will, after this third fight, probably become friends for life.
4 Now it’s not for Chisora
There has always been a sense with Chisora that he is one fight away from retirement and it is for this reason that the top heavyweights want to join him, fearing that his power of attraction will be damaged.
5 There is no Usyk
If we’re being honest, the only fight that makes sense for Fury to take next is against Oleksandr Usyk, the Ukrainian many consider to be his equal. Usyk, however, has already announced that he will not fight again in 2022, so, unfortunately, it cannot happen.
6 Too much pride
On Usyk’s behalf, it was the fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua that only broke out because there were so many people in the discussion. Now Fury says he won’t fight Joshua at all.
7 The first two battles were memorable
The good thing about the first two Fury-Chisora fights is that they are largely forgotten. Also, most of the target audience for this third fight will not be following boxing in 2014, the year Fury and Chisora last met.
8 Fury vs. Everyone sold
Unfortunately, we’re at a point now where the idea of watching Tyson Fury’s boxing match at a football stadium is all that matters to many people who have paid to see such a thing. The opponent doesn’t matter when it comes to these fans posting “Wish You Were Here” photos and videos on social media.
9 Chisora is a PPV star
Well, to call him a “watching star” might be stretching it, but clearly in the last three or four years Chisora has emerged as a reliable – both in terms of his personality and fighting style – to used as a PPV B-side.
10 Trilogies are important
It’s clear that trilogies are important and, with two of them coming soon, Fury will be proud to have done what no other world champion has done before.