Today from Wembley Arena in London, Dereck Chisora defends his British and Commonwealth titles against Tyson Fury in a heavyweight fight between prospects bordering on contender status, where we're likely to learn something new about both fighters.
Chisora (14-0, 9 KO) and Fury (14-0, 10 KO) weighed in yesterday with different results. Chisora was nearly 20 pounds over his recent weights, while Fury dropped down to just over 255 pounds, six less than Chisora, who is eight inches shorter than him. Fury may still be developing as a fighter, having shown improvement consistently, but Chisora is definitely the toughest test of his young career. Fury may be the same for Chisora, whose best win is probably over Sam Sexton last September, his last bout.
One has to wonder if Chisora being "out of shape" is due to that layoff, which has come thanks to a pair of blown dates against Wladimir Klitschko, who pulled out of fights in December (with an injury) and April (with an alleged injury that saw him then sign a more lucrative fight with David Haye). Whatever the case, he could have his hands full today with big, young Fury.
The co-feature on the card has Ashley Theophane (29-4-1, 7 KO) defending the British junior welterweight title against Welsh veteran Jason Cook (28-3-1, 14 KO) in what could be a fine fight.
The Integrated Sports PPV ($29.99) broadcast goes live at 3 p.m. EDT in the United States, while Channel 5's coverage in the UK starts at 5 p.m. EDT (10 p.m. local). Bad Left Hook will be here.