This past weekend on the bumper Bad Blood card promoted by Frank Warren at the ExCel London the supposed main event of the night was a huge anticlimax.
Following a fantastic chief support fight between the enigmatic Chris Eubank Jr and Billy-Joe Saunders there was an announcement that the last train would be leaving in just ten minutes. This news was greeted by anger and booing from the crowd.
Many began to pile out of the arena with no choice but to miss the main event of the night. This naturally left a flat atmosphere which at gone 12:30 created a very dull and boring fight.
WBO Final Eliminator
Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora squared off in a fight to determine the WBO mandatory challenger. The WBO heavyweight title is of course held by the dominant Wladimir Klitschko and a chance to face off against the Ukrainian should have inspired both men into putting on an exciting fight.
Instead the importance of the win seemed to affect Fury's fight strategy. Whether you like Fury or not one thing that cannot normally be argued is that he is entertaining in and out of the ring, unfortunately this is not something which can be said about his performance this time out.
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Fury Shows Southpaw
Fury decided to box from the southpaw stance and keep the much shorter Chisora at the end of his long jab. Chisora just couldn't get going in the fight and he will be highly disappointed with his performance.
Fury didn't ever really up the pace and try to get Chisora out of there and this lead to most of the crowd leaving the arena throughout the fight. There was no atmosphere left and people were actually forced to sleep by the action-less fight.
Chisora's trainer Don Charles threw in the towel at the end of the tenth round as his man stood no chance of turning things in his favour. His face was showing clear signs of a one sided beating, with cuts and swelling around the eyes.
Fury did put on a disciplined, systematic break down of Chisora but it was a dull fight and one which he must receive criticism for. He often slates Klitschko as being boring and as killing the sport but he himself has done little to the contrary in his latest outing.
Bad Scenes On The Night
On a night when there were fights in the crowd, people missing trains, seats being taken and a general massive lack of organisation this was not the ending to the event that boxing fans would have expected.
Fury will now go on to challenge for the WBO world title at some point next year whereas big question marks surround Chisora's future in the sport.
What Next For Chisora
There are still big fights out there for Chisora, with the likes of Anthony Joshua and David Price still being potential opponents. Some have suggested Chisora may now walk away from the sport but personally I expect him to carry on.
He has provided some entertaining nights in his career to date but he has found his level. He is a good British, Commonwealth, European and even fringe-world level fighter but he doesn't seem to have the ability to make it at the highest echelons of the sport.
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