Fury crushes Chisora, Saunders outpoints Eubank Jr
Unbeaten heavyweight Tyson Fury (23-0, 17 KOs) defeated British rival Dereck Chisora (20-5, 13 KOs), in a totally one-sided fight, scoring a 10th round stoppage in a WBO eliminator on Saturday night at the ExCel Arena in London.
Fury, who previously beat Chisora on points in 2011, dominated the entire fight - virtually every second, easily keeping Chisora on the end of his long reach throughout the fight.
From the start, Fury jabbed Chisora in his face and kept him on the outside. Chisora had no way to get inside other than by landing a couple of low blows, for which he was warned by referee Marcus McDonnell in the first round. Chisora could do little more than swing wildly and miss as he plodded through a cluster of punches.
Brimming with confidence, Fury switched to southpaw in the second and spent much of the fight in that stance, toying with Chisora with stinging jabs and lashing his confused foe with left hands. Chisora finally answered with a trademark looping hook in the third, but these crude attacks were failing to unsettle Fury, who continued to alter his stance, wobbling Chisora with a left hook in the 4th round.
The shots were gradually taking their toll on Chisora as the rounds continued, swelling up his right eye at the end of the fifth.
Fury had no reason to engage and the restless crowd was booing the lack of action in the 6th round.
Fury tagged Chisora with some hurtful hooks in the 7th and by the 9th, Chisora's right eye was closed with a cut under it as Fury lashed him with more left hands.
Trainer Don Charles pleaded for one final stand from Chisora in the 10th, but his fighter had nothing left and a spearing jab sent him into retreat. Fury, sensing the finish was near, unloaded a flurry of hooks on his wilting opponent.
“Dellboy” was taking a lot of punishment and when he returned to his corner after the round, he reluctantly agreed with Charles as he waved off the onslaught.
After the fight, Fury paid tribute to his late Uncle, who recently passed away, he said: "To be honest, I never took many blows. I'm very proud of my performance, I dedicate it to my Uncle Hughie."
With this victory, Fury is now the WBO mandatory challenger to champion Wladimir Klitschko. In addition, he also claimed Chisora's European title and regained the vacant British belt.
"Wladimir Klitschko, I'm coming for you, baby," Fury said. "I'm coming. No retreat, no surrender."
However, Fury is unlikely to get the shot at Klitschko next. The Ukrainian will either be facing the winner of the January fight between WBC champion Bermane Stiverne and Deontay Wilder or fight Bryant Jennings in April.
Promoter Mick Hennessey is making plans for Fury to fight again in February in a stay busy fight before a world title bout next summer or September.
"Wladimir is allowed one more fight and then the big fight is on," said Hennessy. "All Klitschko has to do is step up and take it."
Also on the card, Billy Joe Saunders (21-0, 11 KOs) defeated Chris Eubank Jr (18-1, 13 KOs) by a 12 round split decision.
Southpaw Saunders was controlling the pace and landing solid jabs in the early rounds, but Eubank came on strong in the middle rounds, unsettling the champion with a determined assault.
Saunders stood firm in the 9th, edging the round with some classy combinations.
Eubank came roaring back in the closing rounds, unleashing hooks and uppercuts as he tried to force a dramatic stoppage.
Eubank landed some hard shots in the 12th, but Saunders fought through the late assault to earn victory with scores of 115-114, 115-113, while a third judge scored it 116-113 to Eubank.
With the victory, Saunders became the mandatory challenger for the WBO middleweight title and will face the winner of the fight between Andy Lee and Matt Korobov, who are scheduled to meet on December 13 for the vacant WBO belt that Peter Quillin relinquished in September.
Saunders also retained his European, Commonwealth and British belts.
Other results on the card:
Frankie Gavin W Bradley Skeete UD 12
Mitchell Smith W Zoltan Kovacs UD 10
Frank Buglioni W Andrew Robinson UD 10
Lewis Pettitt W Santiago Allione UD 12
Liam Walsh W Gary Sykes UD 12
Eddie Chambers W Dorian Darch TKO 3