The biggest rematch of the summer will land on AWE (A Wealth of Entertainment, formerly WealthTV) on Saturday, July 26th. The rematch is not the biggest in spectacle or scope, but rather in literal size. Heavyweight prospect Tyson Fury is 6 foot 9 and weighs somewhere in the 270 pound range. What makes this a compelling match-up is that the winner will become the next target and likely opponent of lineal heavyweight champion of the world, Wladimir Klitschko.
Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora first met in July of 2011. Nearly 3 years ago they were 2 undefeated prospects fighting for the BBBofC British and Commonwealth title. The winner would no doubt inch closer to a shot at capturing or just challenging for one of the heavyweight titles, or maybe a payday with division cash cow Wladimir Klitschko. Fury won a unanimous decision against Chisora, though inactivity has kept him from a title shot or match with the heavyweight kingpin.
Since then, Fury, at 25, has become not only one of the top prospects at heavyweight, but also one of the best showmen in the sport. Fury’s failed fight with David Haye was full of what will be classic encounters including Fury refusing to do a face-off because ‘Haye scared him.’ The current lead-up with Chisora included a table flipping at a press conference before Fury stormed off.
Chisora’s fate after their 2011 bout hasn’t been as kind as Fury’s. Chisora has faced much stiffer competition including top prospect at the time Robert Helenius (Chisora lost a split decision), David Haye (Chisora got knocked out), and Vitali Klitschko (Chisora took him the distance and put up a real tough fight.)
As for the fight next Saturday, on paper you have to go with Fury. Chisora hasn’t looked engaged in over a year and has been thoroughly disappointing despite being on a 5 fight winning streak. Fury has unmistakable power and the smarts to set it up. Fury gets a lot of criticism because of his mouth, but his fists have bailed him out time and time again. The wild card here is who do you like when they’re at their peak? Both appear to be more focused then we’ve ever seen them before. We know Chisora is very effective, though not quite world level, when he’s at his best. What about Fury?
They meet on July 26th at the Phones4u Arena in Manchester. British fans can catch the action on Boxnation while American’s can tune in on AWE.
The undercard also features promising middleweight prospect Billy Joe Saunders in a stern test against Emanuele Blandamura (who went into Germany and won a split decision over a hometown favorite in his last bout.) and Chris Eubank Jr, who is looking like a real talent.