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Tyson Fury defeats Derek Chisora to retain WBC world heavyweight championship

Jess Hardiman

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Tyson Fury defeats Derek Chisora to retain WBC world heavyweight championship

Tyson Fury has retained his WBC heavyweight title after beating Derek Chisora, marking a third victory over his rival.

The pair fought it out this evening (Saturday 3 December) at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.

Credit: ESPN
Credit: ESPN

Fury, 34, took on Chisora, 38, in front of a sold-out crowd of 60,000 boxing fans - walking out to a mashup of 'Three Lions (Football's Coming Home)' by David Baddiel, Frank Skinner, and The Lightning Seeds, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds' 'Red Right Hand' (yep, the Peaky Blinders theme tune) and 'Mr Brightside' by The Killers.

Credit: ESPN
Credit: ESPN

Chisora had an undeniably shaky start after Fury came in with all guns blazing.

Many fans assumed the one-sided fight would be over fairly quickly, but Chisora was able to persevere for an impressive 10 rounds before the fight was brought to an end by the referee.

Credit: ESPN
Credit: ESPN

As a result, Fury was crowned winner by technical knockout, retaining his WBC heavyweight title.

Fury confirmed his retirement from boxing after beating Dillian Whyte back in April, but it wasn’t long before he inevitably announced his return to the ring.

Speaking The Sun ahead of today’s fight, he said of his brief hiatus: “I was very bored. It was a short retirement.

“Paris wanted me out of the house. She’s happy I’m back.”

Fury added of his return: “My real reason is I need to keep myself well in my mind.

“When you come across someone in their early or mid-20s who is fighting because they need to get off the streets and it’s do or die, then you have a problem.

“There’s nothing that I can achieve, I’ve won every belt there is to win.

“I’ve not got any thoughts. I’ve fought for a lot of things in my life.

“I suppose fighting for sanity is every bit as good as fighting for all that s**t.”

Credit: BT Sport
Credit: BT Sport

He also revealed he had big post-fight plans, saying he has such confidence in the England squad for their last 16 fixture that he’ll be flying out to Qatar for the quarter final – also vowing to get ‘messy again’ as the alcohol ban at the country’s eight World Cup stadiums was 'no bother' for him.

While alcohol is strictly controlled in the middle eastern country, FIFA and Qatari officials had planned to sell alcohol in and around stadiums.

However, that decision was reversed just days before the tournament began, with official fan zones now the best bet for fans to enjoy a pint.

But Fury is adamant that the alcohol ban at the country’s eight World Cup stadiums would be 'no bother' for him, telling The Sun: "I’ll put it up my top. Who’s going to stop me?

"I’m not an alcoholic, I’m just a devil for the drink."

The outlet said Fury was planning a 'wild lads’ holiday' without his wife Paris and their six children.

He added: "I’m 100 percent going to get messy with the fans. I’m known for that.

"I’m going to sneak a few cases in my suitcase.

"They can have anything they want — whatever gets them going."

Featured Image Credit: ESPN

Topics: Tyson Fury, Sport

Jess Hardiman
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