Fury batters brave Chisora over 10 brutal rounds
By Gareth A Davies
Tyson Fury retained his WBC heavyweight title with a one-sided beatdown of Derek Chisora which ended with a 10th-round stoppage.
It was Fury's third win over his British rival, with referee Victor Loughlin mercifully stepping in to stop the fight – although the end could have come two to three rounds earlier from Chisora's corner.
The Fury Show rumbles on, and in front of 60,000 spectators on a night of chills and thrills, the 'Gypsy King' wasted no time in calling out his rivals for next year, starting with Oleksandr Usyk, who holds the other three heavyweight belts.
The Ukrainian, who has twice beaten Anthony Joshua, was ringside for the bout and Fury beckoned him to a neutral corner of the ring afterwards.
As Usyk climbed up on to the ring Fury ranted at him: "You are next... me and you sucker, next – you're getting it".
Fury described the WBA, WBO and IBF champion as "a 15-stone little midget" and vowed "to write [you] off...I've already beaten one Ukrainian, Klitschko, and I'll do you as well".
Usyk stared back, unmoved, as Fury called him "a little sausage" before turning his attention to Joe Joyce, the undefeated Briton, who Fury suggested he could also fight next year. "If this guy [Usyk] doesn't want to fight, we can meet at Wembley Stadium."
Fury told Telegraph Sport: "I'll fight all of them, I fear none of them. I might need a little surgery on my elbow and arm next year as it has been troubling me a bit, but there is no retiring for me. I'll fight all the heavyweights of the era, and I'll beat them all."
There was also praise for the obdurate Chisora, outclassed and slowly roasted over 10 rounds by the heavy hands of the man proving himself the master of the heavyweights in this era.
"What a tough man. I was hitting him with shots there that would've knocked anyone else spark out but he stood up to all of them," said Fury. "He was calling me a little b---- in there, saying 'you can hit harder than that'."
"I felt good, I needed some rounds as I haven't boxed since April," he added. "I felt like I landed my jab and landed some good punches. But take nothing away from [Chisora] he's an absolute warrior and a British folk hero. It's been a privilege to fight him three times. We all love Derek Chisora."
At the end of the ninth, referee Loughlin had warned Chisora's corner that he would not allow the challenger to take too much more punishment. And rightly so.
Fury had dominated every round, using his ringcraft and skills and dominating from mid-range while clinching with Chisora to nullify any danger in close quarters. Even from the early rounds, it was easy to witness the muscle memory of the two previous fights returning to the mind of Chisora.
By the eighth round it had turned into a slow and brutal dismantling which was painful to watch, but Chisora, a proud fighter, refused to buckle or go down.
The challenger absorbed cuffing punches from the Gypsy King's left hand and countless uppercuts.
John Fury, the champion's father, said he thought his son had not wanted to unleash a finish on Chisora after six rounds, but had held back from hurting his foe. Maybe. But Fury's skills have put him above the rest who have so far been unable to blemish his unbeaten 34-fight career.
Bob Arum and Frank Warren both told Telegraph Sport on Saturday night that all roads will now lead to an undisputed heavyweight fight with Usyk in the Middle East, likely in March, with Usyk's promoter Alexander Krussyk confirming their side is fully committed.
"We want the fight, they want the fight, so it will be announced soon," Warren said, while Arum nodded in agreement. "Fury is very special, very very special. We are in coats, hats gloves and scarves on a winter night outdoors. This Fury guy is really special. As special as when I was promoting Muhammad Ali."
The added plus here was Joyce joining the mix, and given that he is promoted by Warren, it makes it all the more intriguing for Fury in 2023. Right now, that fight between Fury and Anthony Joshua looks further away than ever.
Fury vs Chisora 3 – as it happened
That Fury-Usyk face-off
Now Big Joe Joyce throws his oar in
And challenges Fury. He fancies a bit of the Gypsy King too. Proper playground stuff this.
Fury calls out 'sucker' Usyk
The Ukrainian, who has twice beaten Anthony Joshua, was ringside for tonight's bout and Fury beckoned him into the ring.
As Usyk approached, Fury yelled: "You are next... me and you sucker, next – you're getting it!"
The Gypsy King described the WBA, WBO and IBF champion as "a 15-stone little midget" and vowed "to write [you] off...I've already beaten one Ukrainian, Klitschko, and I'll do you as well".
Usyk just stared back, totally unmoved. Oh and now Fury has called him "a little sausage".
Fury hails Chisora's bravery
"What a tough man. I was hitting him with shots there that would've knocked anyone else spark out but he stood up to all of them.
"He was calling me a little b---- in there, saying 'you can hit harder than that'."
Reaction from Tyson Fury
"I felt good, I needed some rounds as I haven't boxed since April... I felt good in there tonight and felt like I landed my jab and landed some good punches.
"Take nothing away from [Chisora] he's an absolute warrior and an absolute British folk hero. It's been a privilege to fight him three times. We all love Derek Chisora."
FURY WINS BY TKO!
And not before time! The referee waves it off at the end of the round after another three minutes of total domination from Fury.
Immense bravery from Chisora who kept marching forward but was relentlessly picked off by the champion.
Tougher tests lie ahead for Fury.
Round nine - Fury
A little bit more clinching and less action in this stanza – but Chisora does manage to land a flailing right... which Fury shakes off and gets straight back to work.
More combinations from the Gypsy King land flush. Chisora wobbled badly again at the end of the round, and he struggles to walk back to his stool.
This one is nearly done and dusted. Can Fury find the finishing shot?
Fury 90-81 Chisora
Round eight - Fury
This has been a masterclass from Fury, a perfect encapsulation of the old adage 'hit and don't get hit'.
He wobbles Chisora again late in the round with another big right hand.
Fury 80-72 Chisora
Round seven - Fury
Fair play to Chisora, who is still trying his heart out – but this round follows the same pattern as the previous six.
Fury lands three crunching rights in quick succession and Chisora's right eye is starting to close.
How much more punishment can the challenger take?
Fury 70-63 Chisora
Round six - Fury
Another short left uppercut from Fury wobbles Chisora, and the champ then lands a crashing right hand.
Chisora is showing the heart of a warrior, but he is being totally outclassed in there tonight.
The Gypsy King lands a sneaky sharp left as Chisora walks in – and then another.
Three crisp rights to end the round for Fury. A shutout through six rounds.
Fury 60-54 Chisora
Round five - Fury
It's all a bit too easy for Fury here, with his snaking jab landing at will.
To his credit, Chisora is still marching forwards, but everything is in straight lines from the challenger and Fury manages to evade his attacks with ease.
Chisora on unsteady legs towards the end of the round and breathing heavily too. Fury in complete control.
Fury 50-45 Chisora
Round four - Fury
Steadier start to this round from Fury who is happy enough to sit in behind the jab for the first minute or so.
But then a crisp right-left combo lands flush on Chisora who is still struggling to mount any offence of his own.
The Gypsy King is in total command, and lands a chopping right hand late on. Another easy round for Fury.
Fury 40-36 Chisora
From Simon Briggs
Boos ringing out as the big screen shows the grinning face of Oleksandr Usyk in the moments between rounds.
Round three- Fury
Chisora eats a big right hand inside the first 30 seconds of the round and his legs look shaky!
Fury lands another cracking uppercut but Chisora manages to stay upright. Two big lefts wobble Chisora who isn't throwing much back in return...
Chisora valiantly keeps walking forward but Fury is landing with ease. It's one-way traffic and the referee might have a decision to make soon.
Fury 30-27 Chisora
Round two - Fury
Fury looks to settle into a rhythm behind the jab – back to the gameplan which he has used successfully against Chisora in the past.
Chisora keeps trying to march forward but Fury's footwork and size mean it is a struggle for the older man to land anything clean.
Fury lands a crunching overhand right and then a short uppercut which have hurt Chisora who is backed up against the ropes.
He takes another uppercut and then a heavy right hand!
Fury 20-18 Chisora
Round one - Fury
Chisora marches straight into centre ring, manages to back Fury up against the ropes and starts hammering away at the body. Decent intent from the challenger.
But Fury wears those shots with ease, walks his man down and lands a quick uppercut which briefly stuns Chisora.
A lovely one-two from the Gypsy King backs Chisora up and then the 38-year-old falls short with a couple of hooks from range.
Fury 10-9 Chisora
Here. We. Go.
Fury vs Chisora 3 is under way!
Tyson Fury is on his way to the ring
He enters the arena to Red Right Hand by Nick Cave... aka the Peaky Blinders theme tune – which segues straight into Three Lions (Football's Coming Home).
The latter has gone down a treat at the home of Tottenham Hotspur.
And now it's Mr Brightside! What a random medley.
Simon Briggs assesses the pre-fight festivities:
Chisora walked out wearing a cap emblazoned with his self-styled moniker, 'War', and a sparkly gown promoting online porn provider OnlyFans. Classy!
More style points go to Fury for his choice of Red Right Hand, the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds classic, as his warm-up music. Followed by the somewhat cheesier Three Lions.
As they disrobe, Fury is wearing an England football shirt underneath his gown. He's also finally taken off the yellow bobble hat although it's only six degrees here
Jimmy Lennon Jnr is doing his thing
Which suggests fight time is imminent... Derek Chisora will be first to the ring.
It's nearly time
A snazzy pre-fight light show is under way and Sweet Caroline is blasting out at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Next up it's the main event
Here's how our boxing correspondent Gareth A Davies sees Fury vs Chisora 3 going:
Both Fury and Chisora have promised a tear-up in Tottenham but as Fury, in an aside this week, said "do you really think I'm just going to stand in front of him and let me hands go? I'm not stupid. I'm going to jab his head off and then knock him out".
Expect Fury to do that – unless there is a catastrophic upset – and force the stoppage on Chisora in round six, followed by a face-off in the ring with Usyk, as the 'Gypsy King' eyes his next opponent, and assignment, with the undisputed heavyweight title on the line in 2023.
What a comeback
Reaction to that stunning fightback
From Simon Briggs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium:
Spectacular finish from Dubois but you have to ask if Lerena could have been more aggressive when he had his man in such trouble.
He boxed cautiously in the second round and allowed Dubois to settle, scoring a solid right hand shot at the end of that round that gave him heart.
The crowd are groaning at the slow-motion footage of Learena absorbing heavy punishment in the third. But Lerena looks like he has unscrambled his senses, and has just gone over to congratulate Dubois.
DUBOIS WINS BY KO!!
Wow what a stunning turnaround from Daniel Dubois!!
Down three times in round one and with a damaged ankle, he managed to dig deep and drag himself back into the contest – and has stopped Kevin Lerena in round three!
A superb show of heart from the big heavyweight.
Dubois survives another round
Dubois has safely negotiated the second round.
A replay of the knockdown in round one suggests he twisted his ankle after being caught off-balance. And his leg is clearly still troubling him.
But can he find a big punch of his own to turn this fight around?
Daniel Dubois is down in round one!
And now he's down for a second time, opting to take a knee in the corner!! Fireworks early on here and Dubois is all over the show.
He goes down to the canvas again just before the bell and just about survives the round!! Wow.
Dubois vs Lerena is under way
This is the first defence of Dynamite's WBA (Regular) belt and he has promised to blow his opponent away.
Denys Berinchyk wins by unanimous decision!
The judges score it 117-112, 116-112, 116-112 and we have a new EBU European lightweight champion!
It's Dynamite Daniel Dubois next... and then Tyson Fury vs Derek Chisora 3 straight up after that. Strap in folks.
We're going to the judges
Plenty of leather was thrown by Berinchyk and Mendy in the 12th round and both fighters raise their arms at the final bell!
The Ukrainian has it on my card by three rounds, but how will the judges see it?
We're into the championship rounds
Can Berinchyk see this one out? Mendy needs a big finish to retain his crown.
Six rounds down in Berinchyk vs Mendy
It's been a cagey battle but the Ukrainian challenger has just about had the best of it so far.
Can 37-year-old champion Mendy turn the tide over the second half?
Tyson Fury has arrived at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
The Gypsy King is warming up in the changing rooms in an England football shirt – and the crowd cheer when he is shown on the big screen.
A powerful entrance from Denys Berinchyk
Who fights Yvan Mendy for the EBU lightweight title next.
Derek Chisora is in the building!
Can he shock the world and dethrone Tyson Fury in Tottenham tonight?
Karol Itauma gets the stoppage!
He controlled the fight throughout, dropped his man in round seven and then got the stoppage in the last after landing a savage straight left.
Impressive performance from the 22-year-old who methodically dismantled a game opponent.
Five rounds down
The dogged Belujsky has taken a bit of a battering but is still standing. Can Itauma find a finish in the next nine minutes?
Lovely stuff from Itauma over the first couple of rounds
He has totally dominated the fight with his jab so far and is connecting with that shot at will.
Belujsky has only been stopped once in 18 fights but will do well to survive all eight rounds here.
It's Karol Itauma vs Vladimir Belujsky in an eight-round light-heavyweight contest.
The first bout on BT Sport
Is highly-touted teenager Royston Barney Smith in super-featherweight action against Cruz Perez... and it's all over inside a minute!
A lovely left-hand counter dropped Perez who just about beat the count but the ref waved it off. An explosive start to proceedings!
'A week inside the surreal world of Tyson Fury'
Simon Briggs spent a week with the WBC heavyweight champion in the build-up to this fight – and the result was this fascinating piece, which includes the following nugget:
"Even as I rolled my eyes at Fury’s hubris, I felt myself being drawn into his roguish world. You can accuse him of so many things... but you can’t accuse him of being boring. And that, in the blandly corporate world of modern sport, is at least something to celebrate."
Here's the supporting cast ahead of Fury v Chisora 3:
Daniel Dubois vs Kevin Lerena – heavyweight
Yvan Mendy vs Denys Berinchyk – lightweight
Karol Itauma vs Vladimir Belujsky – light-heavyweight
Hosea Burton vs Reinis Porozovs – cruiserweight
Isaac Lowe vs Sandeep Singh Bhatti – super-featherweight
Royston Barney Smith vs Cruz Perez – lightweight
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the all-British WBC heavyweight title fight between Tyson Fury and Derek Chisora at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
It is the third clash between these two rivals over the course of 11 years, with Fury prevailing on points back in 2011 before stopping Chisora three years later.
In the seven years since then the two fighters' careers have gone in different directions, with the Gypsy King still unbeaten and sitting astride boxing's blue riband division, while Chisora has lost seven times – including three of his last four.
Only one winner tonight then? You might think so, but never say never in heavyweight boxing (although Fury is an 18-1 ON favourite with his opponent 16/1-ish to secure one of the biggest upsets in boxing history...).
The Gypsy King himself has promised fireworks this evening, vowing both he and Chisora "are going to throw our hands when the bell goes" – and with three stoppages in a row Fury, who weighed in four pounds heavier than his previous fight, will fancy make it four out of four.
In the build-up to this bout, Telegraph Sport's own Simon Briggs spent a week inside the Fury camp – and detailed his experiences in this fantastic piece.
Elsewhere, rising star Daniel Dubois is the main support to Fury v Chisora 3, with the British heavyweight putting his WBA (Regular) strap on the line against Kevin Lerena.
Dubois has battled back admirably since he suffered an orbital fracture in defeat to Joe Joyce a couple of years ago, and can keep himself in contention for future bouts with Fury and Oleksandr Usyk with another impressive showing.
The Ukrainian, who holds the three other major world title belts after twice besting Anthony Joshua, is due to be ringside tonight. And boxing fans everywhere will be desperate to see him and Fury fight for undisputed status at some point next year.
We will have live updates from the undercard, plus build-up to the big fight and then round-by-round updates throughout – plus all the post-fight reaction. The ring walk for the main event is expected around 9pm UK time.