Tyson Fury retains WBC heavyweight belt with 10th-round TKO win over Derek Chisora


Tyson Fury retained his WBC heavyweight belt with a 10th-round TKO win over Derek Chisora on Saturday at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Fury, who came out of retirement for the bout, improved to 33-0-1 in his career.
  • Chisora (33-13) has now lost four of his last five fights.
  • Fury has now beaten Chisora on three separate occasions: a unanimous decision in July 2011, a 10th-round corner stoppage in Nov. 2014 and Saturday’s event.

Why did this fight even happen?

That’s a great question as I haven’t heard from one person who clamored to see these two in the ring a third time. Both previous fights were sound victories for “The Gypsy King,” and Chisora’s recent results (three losses in a row before a split decision against Kubrat Pulev) left a lot to be desired. Fury’s team attempted to get Anthony Joshua for this matchup, but his promoter Eddie Hearn said the timing ultimately did not work out.

“What I know is that the communication was good with his team and hopefully eventually in 2023 that fight can be made,” Hearn told DAZN in October.

In the end, this seems like a stay-busy fight for Fury. He needed to remain active in hopes of getting a title fight against legitimate competition in the coming months. — Rosenstein

What’s next for Fury?

Let’s get this out of the way first: he’s not going to retire. He could use that term (just like he did before the Chisora trilogy) but it would just be talk. Fury is one of the greatest competitors in boxing for a reason and he now has a chance to show whether he’s still the best heavyweight in the world.

To do that, he’ll have to face WBA, WBO, WBC, and IBF heavyweight titleholder Oleksandr Usyk. The Ukrainian (30-0), a former undisputed cruiserweight champion, most recently defeated former champ Anthony Joshua via split decision in August. There should be no issues putting that fight together, but this is boxing, after all. If Usyk and Fury are unable to agree to terms, we could see Fury take on Joshua in one of the biggest British fights ever. — Rosenstein

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