On the 26th of July, two of Britain’s best heavyweights will collide. Tyson Fury (22-0, 16kos) faces Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13kos) in a rematch of their 2011 clash, which Fury won via a unanimous points decision.
It could be argued that since their first meeting the Londoner has gone on to face the bigger names in Robert Helenius, Vitali Klitschko and his big domestic showdown against David Haye, and while he lost all three of those fights the experience he will have gained will be invaluable.
Fury on the other hand, has developed his record slowly. He made his American debut against Steve Cunningham in 2013, during which he was dropped heavily in the second round, but got off the canvas to score a knock out victory before serenading the crowd after the result had been announced.
There are big questions about the form and fitness of Fury, who spent most of last year preparing for a fight with Haye which never came off due to injuries, however his comeback fight earlier this year was successful against Joey Abell, who he knocked down four times. In comparison the Finchley fighter has has had 6 fights in two years, which by todays standards is extremely active, five of which were in the last year.
His form has been excellent, stopping four of his last five opponents, before winning a wide points decision against Kevin Johnson.
Just like the first fight I expect size to be a major factor in this fight. In the first fight, size was a factor because of the weight that Chisora came in at, he, like Fury before this one, was coming off the disappointment of a fight with Wladimir Klitschko falling through and came in at a career heaviest.
I don’t expect weight to be the issue, the importance I am placing on size this time is because through his trainer, Peter Fury, Tyson has learnt to use his size to his benefit and with the extra reach advantage he has I expect him to keep Chisora on the end of a long jab all night.
The other side of the coin for Fury is how disciplined he can be during this fight, there has been a lot of talk during the build up between the two of them, most of it heated, and following a disappointing year he could become angry and throw the game plan out of the window.
Should that happen I would expect to see Chisora take over and take a close points decision, but I believe from discussions we have had with Peter Fury on the V2 Boxing Podcast in the past that a game plan will be second nature to the big man.
On the undercard Billy Joe Saunders (19-0, 10kos) faces Emanuele Blandamura (22-0, 5kos) in the biggest test of his career for the European Middleweight Title. In Italian has only ever boxed outside of Italy once, facing Marcos Nader in Germany in January and appears to be the only thing standing between Saunders and a world title fight against WBO Champion Peter Quillin.
Saunders should have enough to see off the Italian, who holds very little knockout power. I expect to see Saunders dominate from the opening bell and probably force a late stoppage sometime after the ninth round.
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