Tyson Fury defeated Dereck Chisora for a second time in the early hours of this morning to win the British and European heavyweight titles, following Chisora’s retirement after ten rounds of punishment.
The bout was also a final eliminator for the WBO heavyweight title, held by Wladmiir Klitschko.
Fury had won their first fight, back in July 2011 by a unanimous decision.
Game as ever, Chisora put the pressure on Fury in the first round, some eye-catching body shots the best of his work. Fury, though, found the target with some vicious counters.
Fury began to work the jab in the second, the fight continuing at great pace as Chisora was forced to retreat for the first time. A few wild swings on the ropes by both men concluded the round.
A crisp right evaded Chisora’s high guard in the third. But in the fourth it was Fury on the receiving end of a solid right, before forcing Chisora back with a ruthless combination of attacks to the head and the body.
The ribs of Fury were increasingly reddening, but it was the face of Chisora which showed more damage, beginning to look a swollen mess in the fifth. A cut under his left the sign of walking into jab after jab.
With it being close to 1am by the time the sixth round began, the crowd began to filter out of the ExCeL. Those in attendance booed loudly, as Fury’s jab continued to keep Chisora at bay, and the pace slowed right down.
Fury even found time to sing to the baying and diminishing crowd in the seventh, as a clubbing Chisora right hook missed, but Chisora, almost unrecognisable such was the extent of the damage to his puffed-up face, did catch the 6ft 9in giant later on with another swing.
Those remaining booed yet again after the ninth, although Chisora did make it more competitive than he had in the previous three, charging forward but again being swatted away by the Fury jab. Chisora was rocked in the 10th, wincing in pain from a body shot. Fury could not miss from his southpaw stance.
Chisora did not return for the 11th, wisely pulled out by his corner. Fury, who had dominated from the opening bell, celebrated to muted applause in front of those still watching at the ExCeL.
On the undercard, Billy Joe Saunders handed Chris Eubank Jr the first defeat of his career, prevailing by a close split-decision victory to keep his European, British and Commonwealth middleweight titles.
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