Team Fury Not Writing Off Derek Chisora!
For his next contracted assignment, WBC heavyweight champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury (32-0-1, 23 KO’s) will dance with Derek “War” Chisora (33-12, 23 KO’s). Unfortunately for Chisora, outside of his mom and favorite dog, few in the boxing world are giving him any real shot at victory. This is largely based upon the fact that over the past two years, War has done little in the ring except go rounds and lose. Yet, that negative outlook does not apply to everyone. One key person who is not taking his match lightly is Fury’s chief second, Sugar Hill Steward.
In a recent interview with SecondsOut, Steward gave his viewpoint that Chisora is still a very live dog in this upcoming duel.
“They better [give Chisora a shot at winning]! Derek Chisora is consistent, he’s always been consistent. Which fight has he went in there and just laid down or just got taken out right away like that?”
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To Steward’s point, War has generally given a suitable account of himself, even when losing, and hasn’t been formally stopped since his 2018 dustup with Dillian Whyte. Going a step further, in his last three defeats, versus Joseph Parker (twice) and unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, he more than held his own. The match with Usyk holds particular interest in this scenario because the Ukrainian is largely considered to be one of, if not the best, fighter in the division.
Using that logic, it should not be beyond the scope of imagination to foresee Chisora going the distance with Fury. Combine that with his proverbial ‘puncher’s chance’ and there is a possibility that War could shock the world. After all, who on planet Earth envisioned Otto Wallin coming so bitterly close to beating The Gypsy King after the WBC champion was handicapped with the gruesome cut that he was?
So maybe, just maybe, Chisora is getting more flack and brush off than he actually deserves. Yet, if you do decide to bet on him, it probably wouldn’t be a good idea to bet on the house! At the end of the day, the smart money is still on Fury. In the end though, this is why they fight the fights!
By: Bakari Simpson