Fury wears down Chisora to take titles

Sat, 23 Jul 23:27:00 2011

Tyson Fury upset champion Dereck Chisora at Wembley Arena to win the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles by unanimous decision.

- Fury wears down Chisora

Fury's superior conditioning proved to be crucial as he survived a fast start from Chisora before dominating the later rounds against the gassed champion.

The judges scored the fight 117-111, 117-111, 118-111 with Eurosport Yahoo! also scoring the fight 117-112.

With the victory Fury moves to 15-0 while Chisora suffers the first defeat of his career and goes to 14-1.

The fight was often messy but always enthralling with Chisora's weight raising eyebrows before the fight had even started.

Despite being eight inches smaller than Fury, Chisora came into the fight at a career heavy weight of 261lb while Fury, who is 8 inches taller, looked in great shape at just 255.5lbs.

Chisora also tried to ramp up the tension by changing his ring entrance music at the last minute to an Irish folk song while he wore Union Jack colours into the ring in a clear attempt to mock Fury over his Irish traveller roots.

Fury looked good working off the jab in the first round, but Chisora arguably took the next three as he had more pop in his punches while hunting for a knock-out.

Fury got hit flush on a couple of occasions but showed a decent chin and then started using his bigger frame to push Chisora into the corners while unleashing some decent combinations of his own.

Chisora looked exhausted by the fifth round, and while he had mini 30 seconds bursts throughout the remainder of the fight that looked like making inroads, Fury remained the busier fighter and got himself far ahead on the scorecards.

Neither fighter had ever gone 12 rounds before and it showed in the latter stages, but Fury clearly put more hours in the gym than Chisora, and it was his better conditioning that ultimately won him the fight.

The 23-year-old, who at 6' 9" is taller than the Klitschko brothers, is still very much a raw talent and some way away from world class level.

However, this was a perfect step for him in the right direction, and his likeable personality makes him an extremely marketable commodity in a heavyweight division that has been devoid of characters in recent years.

At the end of the fight Fury looked into the camera and said "Dad – that was for you" – a message to his father who is currently in prison.

Seán Fay / Eurosport

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