Tyson Fury turned in a career best performance to batter the brave Dereck Chisora into submission and steer himself into a world title clash with long time heavyweight king, Wladimir Klitschko.
Fury claimed a comfortable unanimous decision over Chisora in 2011, and the result was never likely to be reversed when the 6'9" Manchester man began peppering the onrushing Chisora with jabs from the opening bell.
As the rounds ticked by, Fury's confidence grew and grew. Before we knew it, Chisora cut a frustrated figure and his right eye began showing signs of battle. Clean punch after clean punch chipped away at the confidence of the Finchley man, leaving the crowd disappointed at the lack of intensity coming from the smaller man.
Whether the hard fights Chisora had previously experienced with Vitali Klitschko (lost UD) and David Haye (lost KO) have taken their toll and affected 'Dell Boy's' performance, or Fury was simply too good for him are open to interpretation. Nevertheless, it wasn't the same Chisora who pushed the older Klitschko for the entirety of their WBC world title match up.
To be brutally honest, the only trouble Fury had during the contest was when referee Marcus McDonnell reprimanded him for throwing his punches incorrectly.
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With Chisora's right eye cut and rapidly closing, trainer Don Charles mercifully pulled the plug and saved his charge from a humiliating and crushing knockout defeat.
It was a poor performance from the likeable Zimbabwe-born new father, but that should in no way deflect any credit from the often controversial traveller, who boxed beautifully and stuck to his game plan from start to finish.
On the undercard, Frankie Gavin held onto his British welterweight title by the skin of his teeth, by narrowly outpointing Bradley Skeete.
The former world amateur champion was expected to comfortably overcome the lanky Skeete, but what actually transpired was a shock to spectators.
The speed and accuracy of the Skeete jab repeatedly bemused the flat Gavin, as did the sharpness of his straight right hand counters.
Despite an under par performance from the slippery southpaw, Skeete never laid it all on the line in search of victory and Gavin forced the action throughout. Scores of 116-113, 116-113 and 116-112 somewhat diminished the efforts of the challenger, but Gavin was a worthy winner nonetheless.
Earlier in the evening, Cromer's Liam Walsh comfortably outboxed Gary Sykes to add the coveted Lord Lonsdale Belt to his Commonwealth super featherweight title.
A stunning knockdown in the opening stanza had fans expecting an early night for the heavily favoured Walsh, but Sykes gritted his teeth,showed his toughness and battled until the bitter end, dropping a wide unanimous decision.
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