Tyson Fury dominates with easy win, calls up Oleksandr Usyk for unification bout

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Tyson Fury celebrates after defeating Derek Chisora, during WBC Heavyweight Championship fight, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 03, 2022 in London, England.  (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

Tyson Fury’s post-fight comments were more rousing than his Saturday fight against Derek Chisora ​​at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

There’s never been a heavyweight like Tyson Fury. He’s the size of an NBA power forward, has the wit of a stand-up comedian, power that rivals that of the best boxers ever, and the skills of a man 100 pounds lighter.

He’s a guy who was contemplating suicide less than five years ago and has now, in back-to-back fights, scored knockouts in heavyweight title defenses in which he drew 94,000 for Dillian Whyte in April and then 65,000 for Derek Chisora ​​on Saturday.

The WBC champion punched Chisora ​​from start to finish in a fight that should have been stopped much earlier than it was at 2.51am of the 10th round at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. When he finished, Fury said the words most everyone wanted to hear when he called out unified champion Oleksandr Usyk.

He couldn’t help but reflect on the battles he’s fought with mental health to where he is now, sitting atop boxing’s glamor division with at least four mega-fights that will pay him handsomely waiting for him. Whether it’s Usyk, Joe Joyce, Anthony Joshua or Deontay Wilder, Fury will get paid massively, building generational wealth in the process.

That’s it for a guy who felt life wasn’t worth living five years ago.

“I didn’t see a way out,” Fury said Saturday of his dark days of depression, when he weighed more than 400 pounds and not only contemplated but attempted suicide. “I thought my future would be in a room with padded walls. I wanted to die pretty much every single day. But now I know it’s sunshine and rainbows again.

Fury fought Chisora ​​after a brief retirement and efforts to make matches with Usyk and Joshua. He had fought and defeated Chisora ​​twice previously, and Chisora ​​had done nothing in the meantime to earn a shot at the lineal heavyweight championship.

Fury, however, has a great personal affinity for Chisora ​​and has decided to give him a chance. Lui told Yahoo Sports ahead of the fight that British fans knew and liked Chisora ​​and would come out to watch him. Sure enough, 65,000 showed up in temperatures hovering in the 30s to 40s to see Fury dismount Chisora ​​a third time.

Fury said he injured his right hand on Chisora’s head during the fight and said he has a problem with his right elbow that may require surgery.

But over the nine-plus rounds that the fight took place, it was a brilliant Fury who threw every punch in the book and repeatedly bounced them off Chisora’s head.

Fighting Fury is like fighting an octopus, and it’s hard to know where the shots are coming from. And since he teamed up with trainer SugarHill Steward in 2019, he’s grown into a much bigger boxer.

“The best way to make sure you definitely get that win is to get knockouts, so I’m scheduled to train for knockouts,” Steward said.

The question that now needs to be answered is whether Fury will be able to knock out Usyk, the former undisputed 6-foot-3, 220-pound heavyweight champion who now holds the IBF-WBA-WBO heavyweight belts after beating Joshua in back-to-back attacks.

Fury nicknamed Usyk “The Rabbit” because Fury said Usyk was running away from him. When Fury decided to end a short retreat, he sent an offer to fight that night in Usyk. Usyk, coming out of those fights with Joshua, said that he wanted to fight in the February-March period.

And so finally Chisora ​​was given the gift of fighting. He paid for it, though, getting massive blows to his head repeatedly for almost 30 minutes in the ring.

It wasn’t hard to imagine that Fury would make it to Chisora, but Usyk is a master boxer who won’t be that easy to punch. Fury also opened the door to a fight with Joyce and said he’d like to see Wilder a fourth time at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas later next year.

Each of these fights will be a great encounter, but Usyk’s makes the most sense. He will unify the division and have one man standing above them as king.

As good as Usyk, Joyce and Wilder are, something is going to have to change dramatically for the guy who emerges from this as king by not being the one who, at 6-9 with an 85-inch reach, literally and figuratively stands head and shoulders over the rest.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Derek Chisora ​​(L) and Tyson Fury (R) exchange punches during their WBC Heavyweight Championship fight, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 03, 2022 in London, England.  (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

Tyson Fury punched and bruised Derek Chisora ​​en route to a 10th-round TKO on Saturday in London, England. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

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