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Tyson Fury, Dereck Chisora bout confirmed for December

Tyson Fury, Dereck Chisora bout confirmed for December

Tyson Fury will defend his WBC heavyweight title against Dereck Chisora at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 3.

From the beginning of September, a highly-anticipated showdown between Fury and Anthony Joshua was teased for the same date with rival promoters Queensberry Promotions and Matchroom Sport in constant dialogue.

However, a combination of Fury’s self-imposed deadlines and a breakdown in communication led to any hope of that fight taking place being scrapped, seemingly leaving Fury to choose between Chisora or Manuel Charr.

There had been a backlash on social media to both prospective bouts, particularly Charr who has not participated in a competitive fight since 2017.

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Nevertheless, that may continue now that a fight with Chisora has been confirmed, the clash in London representing the third time that the pair have faced each other.

On both previous occasions, Fury was a convincing victor, the first encounter occurring in 2011 when Fury prevailed by scores of 118-111, 117-112 and 117-112 with the British and Commonwealth titles on the line.

Fury was even more dominant in the second instalment, winning every round before Frank Warren – Fury’s current representative and promoter of Chisora at the time – instructed Chisora’s team to pull him out of the fight to avoid further punishment.

Eight years on, a trilogy fight is now taking place at a Premier League football ground, the North London venue getting the nod over Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.

Dereck Chisora lands a punch against Kubrat Pulev on July 9, 2022.© Reuters

The purpose of Fury fighting Chisora at this stage of their respective careers is said to be preparation for a potential undisputed showdown with three-belt holder Oleksandr Usyk early in the spring.

From Chisora’s perspective, the 38-year-old is coming off an entertaining victory over Kubrat Pulev in July, ending a three-fight losing streak after points defeats to Usyk and Joseph Parker (twice).

On the undercard, WBA regular belt holder Daniel Dubois will make the first defence of his heavyweight title against South Africa’s Kevin Lerena.

While Dubois ruthlessly stopped Trevor Bryan to claim the secondary world crown in June, southpaw Lerena is on an eight-year unbeaten run and defeated veteran world title challenger Mariusz Wach in September.

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