The World Boxing Council has announced that the Tyson Fury versus Dereck Chisora bout scheduled for July 26th in Manchester, England will be a title eliminator, with the winner to face long time reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko. Back in July of 2011, the two men met for the first time, with Fury winning a comfortable Unanimous Decision. That match was nearly even at the sportbooks, saw Chisora come in more than 15 lbs heavier than he had ever been for a professional fight, something he is not likely to repeat. As for Fury, he has improved a lot since that fight as well, and he is the betting favorite at (-200) for this July bout.
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Since losing to Fury was the first loss of his career, the ride has been a roller coaster for Chisora. He has worked hard to clean up his public persona since his brawl with David Haye at a Klitschko weight in, and whereas he weighed in the 260′s for his first Fury bout, Chisora was 238 lbs for his last outing. He has won 5 in a row after enduring a 1-4 streak.
Those 4 losses were to top opposition, and a win over Fury would give Chisora another chance to break into the big money.
For his part, Fury has already let his mouth do the talking. With the winner getting a shot a Klitschko, Fury’s long time goal is at hand and nearly in his grasp.
Both men will make good money for this fight, as the scene in England will hype this all Brit battle in a big way. Fur was recently ready for a similar fight with David Haye when Haye pulled out, and he has been frustrated ever since.
Is Fury looking past Chisora? He is saying the right things in that department, but he has already started his post-Chisora rhetoric aimed at Klitschko, saying the Champion is likely to duck him. We will see if he gets by Shisora first.