In the First December Outdoor Stadium Boxing Event in History, Fury Stops Chisora in Chilly Tenth Round of Trilogy

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent

 Tottenham, UK (December 8th, 2022)– In the first outdoor boxing event ever held in December at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in Tottenham, England, United Kingdom, on Saturday, December 3, 2022, World Boxing Council and Lineal World heavyweight champion Tyson ‘The Gypsy King’ Fury scored a chilly tenth round stoppage of challenger Dereck Chisora in front of a crowd in sixty thousand spectators who endured subfreezing temperatures to see the spectacle.

 Fury, age 34, now 33-0-1 with 24 knockouts, Morecambe, London, Great Britain, went into the tenth round for the tenth time in his career, and gave a great entertaining show. In the Fury versus Chisora trilogy bout, Fury went to the tenth round for the second consecutive time with Chisora, age 38, 33-13 with 24 knockouts, Finchley, London, United Kingdom.

 Chisora’s second world heavyweight title bid was certainly his last. Fury outlanded Chisora 205 to 87 in punches landed overall. Chisora won the first round by landed 12 jabs to Fury’s nine punches overall, but the accumulation of nonstop power shots eventually began to give Chisora swollen eyes. Chisora was durable, hung tough, and showed great courage, but beyond a certain point was mostly holding to survive. With a limited 74 inches reach to Fury’s 85 inches reach, Chisora’s punches, when they did land, fell short of significant impact due to the eleven inch discrepancy.

 Referee Victor Loughlin, in his fifteenth world title bout, waved the bout off at 2:51 of the tenth round after a Tyson Fury flurry. Chisora could have survived to the final bell, but Chisora’s eyes were swelling shut, and further continuance of the bout was not necessary as Chisora, the ‘Dell Boy’ had nothing left to prove.

 After the bout, Fury did a staredown with WBA-WBO-IBF and IBO World Heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, calling him rubbish. Usyk gave Fury big wild eyes in return, but the ringside confrontation was purely a verbal and mental one, not a physical one. Afterwards, Fury offered Joe Joyce a title opportunity if Usyk declined. Fury acknowledged later ‘Juggernaut Joe’ was the stronger of the two possible foes, Usyk was the more skilled boxer. Fury also hinted towards a fourth confrontation with Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas next. All told, Fury stated he wants to fight three more times next year, and Usyk, Joyce, and apparently a fourth bout with Wilder, are on the table.

 These bouts could be put on hold, as Fury also stated he required both finger and elbow surgery. Fury expects six weeks to eight weeks recovery period for surgery on his right elbow alone, which could delay his next planned comeback bout in 2023.

 Usyk, if not Fury, could be looking at Daniel Dubois, who survived a first round in knockdown hell, and came off the deck three times in the first round in the preliminary to the main event at Tottenham, to drop challenger Kevin Lerena, a former IBO World Cruiserweight champion, twice in the third round, and retain the World Boxing Association Regular World Heavyweight title. Referee Howard Foster waved the bout off at 3:00 of the third round as Lerena arose, but the bell ending the round was not heard.

 Lerena and Dubois stood in front of each other flat footed at the opening bell, and Lerena took advantage by hitting Dubois with right hand overhand power shots to the hand which packed Corrie Sanders type power. Dubois, who completely underestimated Lerena’s power, got dropped three times from Lerena’s power shots and did get up all three times, and was ultimately saved by the first round bell after Lerena did not attempt to put him away. Strangely, Lerena did not floor the gas pedal and threw few punches in round two, essentially giving Dubois, now quick on his feet for obvious reasons, the opportunity to clear his head and shaky legs. This was a wild, entertaining, brief affair while it lasted.

 Dubois was in the same position that ‘The Old Mongoose’, Archie Moore, was in against Yvonne Durelle in the first round at The Forum in Montreal, Canada, on December 10, 1956, when Moore went down three times in the first round. The difference was Dubois knew emerging from the second he had to put Lerena away as soon as possible, lest he give Lerena the opportunity to hit him again. Moore needed eleven rounds to finish Durelle. Dubois needed less than three to finish Lerena. This was predicted to be the best and most action-packed bout on the card, and Dubois versus Lerena lived up to the expectations.

 Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Card Results

Top Rank Card Televised by ESPN+ and BT Sport

 Tyson Fury TKO 10 Dereck Chisora, Heavyweights

Fury retains World Boxing Council World Heavyweight and Lineal Heavyweight titles

Referee: Victor Loughlin. WBC Supervisor: Houcine Houichi.

 Daniel Dubois TKO 3 Kevin Lerena, Heavyweights (3:00)

Dubois retains World Boxing Association Regular World Heavyweight title.

Dubois down three times in first round. Lerena down twice in third round.

Referee: Howard Foster. WBA Supervisor: Julio Thyme.

 Denis Berinchyk Win 12 Yvan Mendy, Lightweights

Berinchyk wins EBU European Lightweight title

Berinchyk retains WBO European Lightweight title

Scoring: 117-112, 116-112, 116-112. Referee: John Latham

WBO and EBU European Supervisor: Charles Giles

 Karol Itauma TKO 8 Vladimir Belujsky, Light Heavyweights

Belujsky down in seventh. 9-0 Kent prospect Itauma goes past fourth round for first time.

 Isaac Lowe Win 6 Sandeep Singh Batti, Super Featherweights

22-2-2 Lancashire super featherweight Isaac ‘Westgate Warrior’ Lowe wins comeback.

Scoring: Referee Mark Bates 60-54 for Lowe.

 Hosea Burton Win 6 Darryl Sharp, Cruiserweights

Lancashire’s 27-3 Hosea ‘The Hammer’ Burton wins a comeback over 6-96-1 Lancashire southpaw Darryl Sharp, in professional loser Sharp’s 100th pro bout. In Sharp’s last 31 pro bouts since 2017, Sharp has won only once, a third round stoppage over winless Aidan Anderson in Leeds. Sharp’s other opponents all had winning records or were pro debuts.