The big question: Who will win? Chisora or Fury?
Ahead of the seismic heavyweight collision between European champion Dereck Chisora and unbeaten Manchester traveller Tyson Fury on Saturday 29 November at the ExCeL London we want to know who you are backing to win at Bad Blood.
Boxing writer Glynn Evans sought out the opinions of some leading figures in British boxing in search of the winner.
Here is what the experts think:
Steve Collins (former two-weight world champion): It’ll be a better fight than the first one but I fancy Tyson Fury to beat him again. He’s too big, too mobile, too busy. Dereck’s a tough guy, no doubt, and much improved; far more determined now than he was first time. But I think you have to be something really special to beat a man who’s 6ft 9in tall and carries that kind of power. David Haye with his speed and explosive power would have presented a bigger threat to Tyson than Dereck does.
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Thomas Stalker (ex Olympic captain): Dereck’s a good fighter and no doubt he’s trained hard to get his revenge. But I’m going with Tyson, probably on points though I’d not discount a late stoppage. I’d not bet on it but I just feel Tyson is the better all round fighter, has more boxing attributes. Plus he seems to have trained very hard for this.
Enzo Maccarinelli (ex world cruiserweight champion): It really is a 50-50 fight. Tentatively, I edge to Chisora to pull out a late stoppage. Don’t get me wrong, I think Tyson is very, very talented and he’s got the tools to win here if he can stick to the game plan. But he wants to fight too much and I think that’ll get him into trouble in this fight. I can see Dereck drawing him into a brawl and getting to him. It’s not a massively confident pick, mind.
Richie Woodhall (ex world super-middleweight champion): Fury’s natural physical advantages give him the edge. Did you see their first fight? There’s your answer. Both will be fit and fired up so I’m expecting a much better fight. If Dereck can drag him into a battle then he’ll have a chance. Dereck’s better fitness and thirst for revenge will force Fury to fight better and I think he’ll respond. Tyson’s got more options if he chooses to use them. He can mix it up or go on his bike. It’ll go to points but Fury wins it for me.
Paul Butler (ex bantamweight world champion): Dereck on points. Last time he was out of shape and probably underestimated Tyson. But you’ll see a completely different Chisora this Saturday.
His pressure and that small ring will help him get the win in what I expect will be a cracking fight.
Though Tyson has those huge physical advantages and a great jab, he doesn’t like to take a step back and that’ll suit Dereck with his tight defence. For some reason, Tyson seems to struggle against much shorter guys. He fights with them rather than boxes them and that’ll play into Dereck’s hands.
Johnny Eames (London trainer): I’m going with Chisora this time. We all know he weren’t right for the first fight. Since then, he’s fought two good level opponents in Vitali Klitschko and David Haye and you can’t buy that experience, even though he got beat. Early in his career, Dereck seemed to fancy himself as a bit of a playboy but he’s got himself sorted now.
For me, a Dereck Chisora in the right frame of mind beats Tyson Fury all day long, probably by stoppage.
PJ Rowson (Birmingham promoter): This has got to be the best bill in Britain for years. For me, the fight is nowhere near as cut and dry as the bookies seem to have it. In fact, I’m with Chisora. He’s got the greater experience and superior durability. Tyson’s shown that he can be a bit flaky and this time a fit Chisora won’t go away easily. I even think Chisora could stop him later in the fight.