By Barry Holbrook: Tyson Fury made a mistake in choosing to fight Derek Chisora in his third fight over Joe Joyce, says Eddie Hearn.
According to Hearn, Fury’s first two fights against Chisora were “one-sided,” making it “unusual” that there would be a third fight between them.
Undoubtedly, Chisora (33-12, 23 KOs) was picked because he is well-known in the UK, and it is a good business-level fight to entice UK boxing fans to fight despite being a good game on paper.
Joyce (15-0, 14 KOs) may have been considered too dangerous for Fury because of his power, punches, and the intense pressure he puts on his opponent.
It’s reasonable to assume that the last thing Team Fury wants is a fighter who will hit him with big chops, adding to the damage from his three fights with Deontay Wilder.
“It’s difficult because Delboy is my friend, so I don’t want to criticize the fight,” said Eddie Hearn to the DAZN Boxing Show about the fight between Tyson Fury and Derek Chisora on December 3.
“The British people are very disappointed because they want Fury against AJ. Anything else would be disappointing. I think the problem is the first two [Fury vs. Chisora fights] they were one sided. It’s really amazing to have a trilogy in this respect.
“But Del improved, and he got his shot, I think, by hanging, and he got a good win over [Kubrat] Pulev. I think people would rather fight at home with Joe Joyce.
“Maybe depending on who Fury’s looking at, he’s definitely got it,” Hearn said of Chisora being an upgrade over who Fury once looked at fighting in Manuel Charr. “Until he saw the backlash of Manuel Charr, who he must have looked up to as his dance partner.
“We were told [by Fury] that we had to sign four weeks ago because Fury wanted to make his decision about who he was fighting. After about four weeks, he finally made his decision [to fight Chisora].
“I don’t know why we were denied this time, but Chisora already signed the contract four or five days ago. “We were told we had to sign the contract about a month ago,” said Hearn.