It is not the world heavyweight title fight boxing fans were dreaming of for December 3, but Tyson Fury vs Dereck Chisora 3 is official.
‘The Gypsy King’ (32-0-1) will not now of course lock horns with great British rival Anthony Joshua for the WBC and lineal titles after their planned meeting in Cardiff failed to materialise again. Instead he will meet with the ageing warhorse Chisora (33-12), eight long years on from when they last met.
The announcement has been met with mixed reviews from fans and pundits alike. But on a serious note it is the ideal stay-busy fight for Fury as he prepares for that potential unification match with the great Oleksandr Usyk in early 2023.
Here is everything you need to know about the big fight.
Fury vs Chisora 3 date and fight time
Fury vs Chisora 3 will take place on Saturday December 3, 2022 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. No prizes for guessing it is the home of Premier League soccer club Tottenham Hotspur.
The stadium holds more than 60,000 fans and it was packed to capacity on that famous night in September 2021 when Usyk dethroned Joshua to win the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles that he still holds to this day.
Ring walks will take place between 10pm and 11pm UK time (that is 5pm and 6pm Eastern, 2pm and 3pm Pacific).
Fury vs Chisora 3 TV channel and live stream
The fight will air as a pay-per-view on the BT Sport Box office platform in the UK – where all of Fury’s fights have landed in recent years. ESPN will have the rights in the United States, but it appears PPV is unlikely there.
Fury vs Chisora 3 tickets
Fury sold out Wembley Stadium – drawing an attendance of more than 90,000 – for that sixth-round knockout of Dillian Whyte in April. He is likely to produce another big crowd for the Chisora trilogy.
Tickets for Fury vs Chisora 3 will go on sale on Friday October 21 at noon UK time, via Ticketmaster.
Fury vs Chisora 3 odds
This is not a close fight when it comes to the betting – in fact it is a one-horse race.
Fury is a 1/20 favourite (you bet £20 to win £1) with Chisora a 9/1 shot and the Draw at 33/1.
Fury vs Chisora 3 weights
The weigh-in for Fury vs Chisora 3 will take place in London on Friday December 2, 24 hours before the big fight. And these are two very big men.
Fury weighed in at 264lbs (18st 12lbs) for that win over Whyte back in April, while Chisora was 258lbs (18st 6lbs) for his most recent fight – a win over Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in London in July.
Fury vs Chisora 1 and 2
This is being reported as the trilogy that nobody wanted to see. Eight years on from the most recent of two meetings – both of which were won convincingly by Fury.
Their first clash came at Wembley Arena on July 23, 2011 when the pair met with the British and Commonwealth titles on the line. Fury was in trouble early as Chisora landed a big right in Round 2 which sent the 23-year-old ‘Gypsy King’ staggering. Fury though recovered well to boss the right and ran out victory by unanimous decision.
The rematch, Fury vs Chisora 2, took place three years later at London’s Excel Arena on November 29, 2014 – and the result was even more one-sided. Fury delivered a virtuoso performance, battering Chisora to a comprehensive defeat as ‘Del Boy’ was pulled out by his trainer at the end of Round 10.
Tyson Fury record and profile
Tyson Luke Fury, now 33 years old. was born in Wythenshawe in Manchester on August 12, 1988. Then a premature baby and weighing just one pound at birth, he is now a huge physical specimen. He is 6ft 9ins tall with a reach of 85ins. He lives in the seaside town of Morecambe in Lancashire.
Fury has a record of 32-0-1 with 23 wins inside distance. His only draw was that first meeting with Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles in December 2018.
Tyson (named after Mike Tyson) had his pro debut in December 2008. He disposed of Bela Gyongyosi with ease, and the rest is history.
There are two distinct chapters to Fury’s glittering career. The first from debut to November 2015, when he shocked Wladimir Klitschko to become world heavyweight champion.
Then came that three-year hiatus when Fury’s mental health issues threatened not only his boxing career, but his life. He also ballooned in weight to 400lbs.
Part two – the comeback – began in the summer of 2018 when the new Fury easily beat Sefer Seferi in Manchester. Just six months later he was back at world-title level.
Fury boxed brilliantly against Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles in 2018. Despite being knocked down twice, many experts felt he deserved the decision. Instead it was a controversial draw.
After wins over Otto Wallin and Tom Schwarz in 2019, Fury would rematch Wilder in Las Vegas in February 2020. This time he would leave nothing to chance.
Trained by Javan ‘SugarHill’ Steward and Andy Lee for the first time, he dominated from the first bell. The result was a one-sided beatdown which ended in Round 7 when Wilder’s towel came in.
Fury vs Wilder 3 was another stellar showing from ‘The Gypsy King’, who recovered from two fourth-round knockdowns to roar back and dominate. He would eventually knock out Deontay in Round 11 of a thrilling bout.
Next up was the domestic engagement with Whyte, and it was a triumphant homecoming for Fury in front of a baying crowd of 94.000 at Wembley Stadium. He dominated from the first bell and closed the show late in Round 6 with a perfect uppercut which landed Whyte on his back.
Dereck Chisora record and profile
Derek Chisora, born on December 29, 1983 in Mbare, Zimbabwe, is now 38 years old and one of the elder statesmen of boxing’s heavyweight division. But he remains a willing opponent for any of the top big men today.
In the last couple of years alone Chisora has gone the distance with unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk and former WBO champion Joseph Parker (twice). He may not be the most skilful operator, but he retains his cojones and fight.
The British and Commonwealth champion between 2010 and 2011 and the European champ between 2013 and 2014, Chisora has a professional record of 33-12 – 33 wins and 12 defeats in 45 career fights. Some 23 of Chisora’s victories have come inside distance.
Chisora won his first 14 bouts in the paid ranks before suffering his first pro defeat in that first meeting with Fury in 2011. He has fought a who’s who of heavyweight big runs including (among others) Vitali Klitschko, Fury (twice), Usyk, Joseph Parker (twice), Kubrat Pulev (twice), Dillian Whyte, David Haye, Carlos Takam, Agit Kabayel and Robert Helenius.
Never let it be said that ‘Del Boy’ takes the easy option.
In terms of measurables by the way, Chisora stands 6ft 1½ins tall (1.87m) and he has a reach of 74 inches (1.88m).
Who is on the undercard?
The undercard is topped by another cracking heavyweight fight which sees another British prodigy Daniel Dubois defend his WBA regular heavyweight title vs South African southpaw Kevin Lerena (28-1).
The rest of the undercard will be posted here as further details become available.