British titles are on the line today at Wembley Arena, and the fights will be televised on both sides of the pond, with Channel 5 carrying the bouts in the UK, and Integrated Sports PPV ($24.99) handling the show in the United States.
The intriguing fight for the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles between Dereck Chisora (14-0, 9 KO) and Tyson Fury (14-0, 10 KO) has tight lines, with the defending champ Chisora the slight favorite against the 6'9" youngster.
One concern some are having since yesterday is that Chisora weighed in at a career-high 261 pounds, which is nearly 20 pounds over his weights in his three most recent fights. He didn't look fat, but bulked up, and perhaps overly muscular on his 6'1" frame. The 6'9" Fury came in at a fit 255½, a lower weight than his most recent bouts, when he bulked up and at times looked heavier than needed. Both fighters are expressing major confidence, but this is really a pick'em fight. Neither has proven a ton in their young careers, but they both have promise. Along with David Price (who may be the best of the three), they're part of a nice crop of young heavyweights on British soil, and this fight is worth tuning into this afternoon if you're a heavyweight fan, or if you just like prospect fights.
The co-feature is a British junior welterweight title fight between champ Ashley Theophane (29-4-1, 7 KO) and Jason Cook (28-3-1, 14 KO). This is likely a last chance for Cook, the 36-year-old Welshman, and he's got a tough task with the tricky and crafty Theophane, who at 30 is probably a bit older than he seems to most. Theophane beat Lenny Daws for the belt in February, but a year earlier, Cook fought Daws to a draw for the belt.
Theophane is a pretty heavy favorite here, more so than I expected, and at these odds I don't think Cook is a terrible bet, really. Theophane is a good fighter, but Cook can bang a little bit and will probably have that "last chance" mindset, which could help him go big if he needs to.