Promoter Frank Warren defended Tyson Fury following a wave of negativity over a trilogy bout against Derek Chisora.
Fans took to social media in their droves to protest the fact Fury was fighting an opponent he’s not only beaten twice but defeated the second time badly.
Fury battered Chosora over ten rounds in 2014. It saw the “WAR” man pulled out of the fight.
Eight years later, Fury is a much better fighter and a more seasoned champion.
Meanwhile, Chisora has lost a bunch of times and looked terrible in his last loss to Joseph Parker.
Frank Warren defends Tyson Fury
Warren defended Fury at the Thursday press conference when the media questioned why the fight was needed.
“Regarding a few negative mutterings about the fact Tyson is facing Chisora for the third time,” said Warren in his column.
“I won’t attempt to rewrite history and tell you this is the fight we wanted all along. It is not.
“We explored the Oleksandr Usyk undisputed fight, but he declared he will not be ready until early next year.
Then Tyson made a very generous offer to Anthony Joshua. We all know what came of that, so I won’t go over old ground.”
Why is Tyson Fury fighting Derek Chisora again?
On why Chisora got chosen after Fury initially mentioned him last month, Warren added: “With those two out of the equation, go through the BoxRec rankings. You will see that Derek is the best and most available option.
“We could have played a waiting game, but Tyson wants to fight. I guaranteed him that we would get a fight for him in December.
“This is good news for fans because he wants to be a busy champion and have this fight before taking on three fights next year.”
Why not Daniel Dubois?
Warren maybe didn’t realize that those rankings mean absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of the sport.
If he’s going to use any rankings, the WBC Ratings would have been the ones to go with, as Fury is their champion.
Fans want the most eye-catching fights available. Therefore, facing the WBC number-four-ranked juggernaut, Arslanbek Makhmudov would have been the best available contender.
But if Warren is going on availability, there’s a boxer in the co-feature who would have gone down better with fans.
Fury vs Dubois is a much more eye-catching fight on its own than the double-header put together for December.
Even so, Warren either believes Dubois isn’t ready or doesn’t want him to suffer another loss after Joe Joyce. But anyone rated from 11 to 18 in those same rankings Warren used would have been a better option than Chisora.
Fury vs Chisora tickets
“Tyson has shown his superstar power again with a really healthy set of sales numbers yesterday. Over 50k tickets were sold, and we are on course for a sell-out,” he confirmed.
“Anyone who wants a ticket to this heavyweight spectacular should get theirs ASAP. I can only see there being scraps left after this weekend.
“Tyson Fury will keep the heavyweight division moving. As fans, that is what we want.
“He is a global superstar of the sport, and we should make the most of opportunities to witness him in action while we can,” stated the Londoner.
The views expressed in this article are the opinions of Phil Jay.