The crowd wasn't happy, and understandably so, but Tyson Fury stayed unbeaten with a completely dominant performance against Dereck Chisora in today's rematch in London, stopping Chisora after the tenth round when the corner mercifully stopped the bout.
Fury (23-0, 17 KO) is now British and European champion at heavyweight, as well as mandatory challenger for the WBO heavyweight title, which is one of three belts held by Wladimir Klitschko. Fury, 26, busted up Chisora's face over the fight, flicking his jab relentlessly and landing some good power shots, too, fighting southpaw for the vast majority of the fight, a tactical decision that certainly paid off.
Chisora (20-5, 13 KO) looked miserable in this fight, and nothing like the fighter he used to be. Even his 2011 loss to Fury, where Chisora was 20 pounds overweight, was a far better performance than this one. Chisora just didn't have the same fire he had when he was fighting Vitali Klitschko and giving Vitali a halfway decent fight, and that seemingly can be traced back to Chisora's 2012 knockout loss to David Haye. Since then, he's just lacked that spark, and whatever confidence he had before this fight was beaten out of him pretty quickly by Fury.
Fury may not get Klitschko next, but a 2015 fight with Wladimir is certainly possible. He's said repeatedly he wants that fight, and Wladimir has never ducked anybody, so there's really no reason it can't happen. Money will be there and it's potentially intriguing. Fury is unbeaten, taller than Klitschko, and has some real talent, far more than he gets credit for most of the time.
By the end of the fight, it was reported that two-thirds of the audience had left. There were heavy boos for a lack of action, mostly due to Chisora not being able to accomplish anything offensively, which was Fury cutting him off and peppering him with jabs.
Promoter Mick Hennessy says that a fight with Klitschko will happen, after Klitschko fights in the spring.
"Wladimir Klitschko, I'm coming for you, baby. I'm coming! No turning back now," Fury said.
Do you think Fury is fast-tracked for Klitschko? What did you think of his performance?