Tyson Fury said on Thursday that this weekend’s world title bout over fellow Brit Derek Chisora would be a “Christmas cracker” even though he was the convincing winner of the previous two bouts.
Fury is the favorite to maintain and retain his career unbeaten record Globalism Boxing Council (WBC) at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday.
The trailer for their last meeting in 2014 was ‘Bad Blood’ and many of Fury’s contests, particularly his fights against Deontay Wilder, were marked by derogatory comments he made towards his opponents.
But the past eight years have seen a friendship develop between Fury and Chisora, in a respectful tone that was the hallmark of Thursday’s final pre-fight press conference.
“Whoever fights Derek Chisora is in for a good fight,” said Fury, who will enter the ring with 32 wins and a draw, including 23 knockouts.
“Just before Christmas and it will be the birthday cake,” added the 34-year-old.
The fight with Chisora was agreed to after negotiations over another long-awaited “Battle of Britain” with Anthony Joshua broke down.
Fury could also face Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk, the man who denied Joshua his world titles, next year in a bid to unify the heavyweight class.
But, he insisted, Chisora was a worthy opponent in a fight as a crowd of around 60,000 prepare to take on a cold winter’s night at the London home of English club Tottenham Hotspur.
“Come Saturday there will be no friends… I hear the pundits talking, but in a two-horse race, you don’t underestimate anyone,” said Fury.
“Derek will come over and try to kick me out, I’ll try to kick him out and he runs like Donkey Kong. Why did you fight Kishora? Like Chisora said, there’s a lack of names in the department. Lots of depth, but not many names.”
“I could fight a 34-0 guy from another country and people would say ‘Who is this guy?'” “But we’ve sold 60,000 tickets at Tottenham and that’s a lot of interest.
Chisora, 38, said he had no interest in “trash-talking” Fury since the champion was under no obligation to give him a title shot when promoters Frank Warren and Bob Arum had no such interest.
“I’m sitting with a guy and looking forward to a guy giving me a chance when Frank Warren didn’t want to give me one, when Bob didn’t want to give me one, while my promoter Eddie Hearn didn’t,” said Chisora (33-12, 23KO).
“Tyson called me and said ‘I want to give you a chance.’ So I’m sitting here talking about a guy putting food on my kids’ table? I can’t do this.
“But on Saturday, I can guarantee the friendship will walk out the door and me and this big guy will continue.”
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