Boxing superstar Tyson Fury will be back in the ring with familiar foe Derek Chisora on 3 December. Find out about the fight – including how you can purchase it on BT Sport Box Office with Virgin Media
By Virgin TV Edit
Hear ye, hear ye! It’s a real clash of the titans as two British boxing champions meet for a 12-round bout at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Derek “Del Boy” Chisora will be challenging his old rival and two-time world heavyweight champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury for the latter’s WBC belt, in front of a crowd of 60,000.
Fury has beaten Chisora twice before in a rivalry that goes back more than a decade, but you can bet Chisora won’t go down without a fight. And you can watch this hotly anticipated bout live on BT Sport Box Office with Virgin Media on Saturday 3 December. Here’s everything you need to know, including how to watch this sure-to-be-epic fight.
Wait a minute… Fury and Chisora have fought before?
Let’s take a walk down memory lane… Fury and Chisora first touched gloves back in 2011 at Wembley Arena as undefeated up-and-comers – both men went into the fight with a 14-0 record. Chisora was defending his British and Commonwealth titles, but ultimately Fury won the match by unanimous decision. Then in 2014 the two heavyweights squared up again, this time at London’s ExCeL, where Chisora was defeated for a second time thanks to Fury’s unpredictable yet highly effective fighting style.
But didn’t Fury retire?
Technically yes. The Mancunian announced his retirement in April this year and managed to stay out of the boxing spotlight… for a total of four-ish months. But Fury had been teasing a comeback all along, to the delight of his fans, and has since announced his return to the sport to face Chisora once more. In fact, Fury has since predicted that he’ll appear in at least 10 more fights before putting down the gloves for good.
Why has it taken so long for the two to meet again?
Fury’s been busy taking on the big names like Wladimir Klitschko, Deontay Wilder (also three times) and Dillian Whyte, winning numerous belts along the way, while Chisora’s career hasn’t quite hit the same heights. Actually, this one has moved up the schedule. Fury had always included a third instalment with Chisora on his personal hit-list but he planned to face Joe Joyce and Anthony Joshua first, and this has ended up coming before those match-ups.
How do these two old foes feel towards each other?
Although there’s always been respect between the two fighters, when Chisora bet against Fury in his fight with Whyte – “I’m willing to put my house on Dillian Whyte knocking Tyson Fury out,” Chisora said – earlier this year their friendship turned somewhat sour. There was a spiky war of words, with Fury vowing to “punch Chisora in the face”. Yikes!
However, October’s press conference in the build-up to this fight saw a thawing of relations. Fury said of Chisora, “the man has got balls” and added, “When you’ve got two heavy forces colliding with massive bombs, someone is getting knocked out… If he lands on me with a big swing, I am getting knocked out. If I land a big swing on him, he is getting knocked out.” For his part, Chisora said: “I thank Tyson for giving me the opportunity to fight him and a shout out to his whole family. Is there bad blood? Not really.”
Any bets on who will win?
Despite sporadic problems in his career, which included him relinquishing world titles as well as failing drug tests and struggling with his mental health, Fury still has a near-perfect track record since his professional debut: he’s won 32 out of 33 fights and drawn the other (against Wilder in 2018). Chisora has suffered recent losses to Joseph Parker and Oleksandr Usyk, but in his last fight he secured a victory over Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev. He may be nearing 40, but many heavyweights are only just peaking at that age. George Foreman was world champ at 46.
To find out if he can avenge his two defeats to Fury, tune in to BT Sport Box Office with Virgin Media on Saturday 3 December.
Who’s on the undercard?
British heavyweight Daniel Dubois defends his WBA title (the secondary or “Regular” title) against South Africa’s Kevin Lerena, who’s recently stepped up from cruiserweight where he was IBO world champion. You can also see France’s lightweight Yvan Mendy who will be going up against undefeated Ukrainian Denys Berinchyk, an Olympic silver medallist at London 2012.
There’s plenty more British talent to watch on the night, including light heavyweights Karol Itauma – who fought on the undercard of Fury v Whyte in April – and Fury’s cousin Hosea Burton, as well as featherweight Isaac Lowe and 18-year-old super featherweight Royston Barney Smith.
How do they measure up?
When is Fury v Chisora III on TV?
You can see this eagerly awaited fight on BT Sport Box Office with Virgin Media from 7pm on Saturday 3 December. It’s available to order from 10am on Tuesday 29 November and costs £26.95.
How can I order the fight?
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