Tyson Fury vs Dereck Chisora Preview Nov 29th
After a three-year wait British heavyweights Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora will finally meet in their highly-anticipated rematch this Saturday, November 29th at the in ExCel Arena in London. The bout can be seen live in Britain on the BoxNation network and American fans can catch all of the action on ESPN 3. These two met three years ago for the Commonwealth and British Heavyweight Titles with Fury pounding out a unanimous 12-round decision. This bout was originally scheduled for July 26th in Manchester, but was postponed when Chisora fractured a hand. It was then rescheduled for November. The fight is for the vacant British Title as well as Chisora’s European crown.
The undefeated Fury will enter the ring with a perfect record of 22-0 with 16 Kos while Chisora, who was born in Zimbabwe, climbs up the ring steps with a mark of 20-4 along with 13 Kos to his name. The 26-year-old Fury had originally planned on meeting former world titleholder David Haye in and all-English matchup, but that was also called off after Haye pulled out. Due to all of the delays it means Fury hasn’t fought since when he beat Joey Abell by a fourth-round TKO and he stepped into the ring just once in 2013 when he stopped Steve Cunningham in the seventh round in controversial style.
The 30-year-old Chisora has won five straight fights with four of them coming by stoppage. However, he’s fought just once this year as well when he beat Kevin Johnson by a 12-round unanimous decision back in February. The other three losses on his pro record came via a fifth-round TKO to Haye in 2012 and a unanimous decision loss to world champ Vitali Klitschko just five months earlier. He also dropped a 12-round split decision to Robert Helenius three months before that, meaning he went through a streak of three straight defeats.
Both men have decent power and skills with the biggest difference between these two heavyweights being their size. Fury stands 6-feet-9-inches tall and possesses an 85-inch reach while Chisora is just over 6-foot-1 and has a 74-inch wingspan. While Fury is despised by many boxing fans because of the way he carries himself outside of the ring, he’s yet to be beaten and is perhaps a little more skilled than people give him credit for. He can throw decent combinations when he’s in a rhythm, but often leaves himself exposed to counter shots.
Fury’s chin is questionable as he’s been dropped a couple of times already in his career by Cunningham and former Canadian Heavyweight Champion Neven Pajkic, but he seems to recover quite quickly. He hasn’t faced an elite boxer as of yet as most of his opponents have been Grade B quality, such as Johnson, Pajkic, Abell, Vinny Maddalone, Nicolai Firtha, Zack Page, and of course Chisora himself. Chisora has faced Klitschko and Haye, but came up short both times. He also seems to thrive when fighting Grade B opposition.
Fury will use his height and reach advantages while Chisora will try to bob and weave his way to the inside without getting hit on the way in. He doesn’t mind turning his fights into a brawl, but also needs to utilize some basic boxing skills, such as his jab, if he’s going to be successful against Fury. Chisora has no choice but to get inside and go the body as well as the head. If he can frustrate Fury and entice him into a slugfest then he’ll have a better chance.
Fury’s one of those boxers who seems to be just good enough to get by. He’s nowhere near being a perfect boxer by any stretch of the imagination, but always manages to overcome any obstacles in his way to win. Meanwhile, Chisora has been beaten four times already since he doesn’t have the same determination or luck. Things may have changed in the past year though. Since both of these guys will have to shake off some ring rust the fight could get off to a slow start. But then again, if both guys are cold it could all be over in the first round with the first big punch winning it. This bout’s a toss-up, but let’s go with Fury as he seems to have luck on his side so far during his career.
Sportsbook 5dimes.eu has the latest odds on all of the big fights. The odds of a Chisora victory are listed at +250 while a Fury win is listed as -300. Visit 5Dimes.eu to see up to date odds and to bet on this fight. You should also check out our recent boxing betting predictions to see how we’ve done.