Tyson Fury defended his WBC and Lineal heavyweight titles at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, as he routed Derek Chisora in a tenth round stoppage win.
Fury (33-0-1, KO24) was making the third defence of his belt that he won from Deontay Wilder in February 2020, and had faced Chisora twice before, taking a points win in 2011, and forcing a tenth round retirement in a rematch in 2014. Fury was last in action with a sixth round stoppage of Dillian Whyte in April, while Chisora (33-13, KO20) was coming off a win against Kubrat Pulev in his last contest in July.
A fired up Chisora winged in punches from the off, and worked the body of Fury early on. Fury began to unload midway through the first round, and he was using his strength to sap the energy of the challenger. Fury was keeping Chisora at arms length, and a big uppercut troubled the Londoner in the second, and he was forced to take a left uppercut in a torrid session. At the start of the third, a right hand visibly wobbled Chisora, and he was unable to stem the tide, taking several clean shots in what was fast becoming a one-sided beating. Fury took the fourth round off, returned in the fifth to restore his dominance, his accuracy proving too much for Chisora to handle.
It was one-way traffic, and Chisora’s right eye was beginning to close by the eighth, and he went for broke in the round, still coming off second best. There were strong grounds for Chisora to be pulled out of the battle, but he continued, barely getting off his stool to start round ten, and with referee Victor Loughlin looking for a reason to stop the fight, his chance came after a Fury onslaught, and the bout was over.
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Dubois survives Lerena scare
Daniel Dubois made a successful first defence of his WBA heavyweight title, but had to overcome a major injury scare before stopping Kevin Lerena in the third round.
Dubois (19-1, 18 KOs) was hit with a glancing left hand in the opening round, and it looked as though he had rolled his ankle in tumbling backwards and eventually falling to the canvas.
The Brit couldn’t get his balance and he was forced to take refuge on the deck twice in the round without taking punches from the South African.
Dubois’ mobility was hampered, and he was looking for a big shot to end matters, and he found that in round three, a heavy right hand flooring the visitor.
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After Lerena (28-2, 14 KOs) beat the count, the champion went for the finish, and he achieved it right on the bell to end the session.
A right uppercut did the damage, and with Lerena sagging towards the ropes, referee Howard Foster waved the fight off.
It transpired that it was a suspected knee injury that caused Dubois the distress.
Berinchyk dethrones Mendy
The European title fight at lightweight went the way of Denys Berinchyk as he added the belt to his WBO International strap with a points win over former champion Yvan Mendy (47-6-1, 22 KOs).
It was a fight that failed to catch fire, and Berinchyk (17-0, 9 KOs) was one step ahead through the majority of the contest.
The Ukrainian eventually took the bout by one score of 117-112, and two tallies of 116-112.
Karol Itauma pretty much did as he pleased, as he stepped up to eight round level for the first time, and the light heavyweight halted Vladimir Belujsky (12-6-1, 8 KOs).
A leaping left hand had the Slovakian on the deck in the penultimate round, and in the final frame Itauma (9-0, 7 KOs) stepped on the gas, and he unloaded with a power left hand that gave the referee the chance to call a halt to the contest.
Royston Barney Smith (4-0, 2 KOs) opened the show with a bang, needing just over 90 seconds to dispatch Cruz Perez in their scheduled four rounder at lightweight.
A big counter left hand from the 18-year-old had the Nicaraguan reeling to the canvas, and the referee wouldn’t allow Perez (3-4, 1 KO) to continue.
Tyson Fury’s cousin Isaac Lowe (22-2-3, 6 KOs) returned from defeat to Nick Ball, and took all six rounds at featherweight against Sandeep Singh Bhatti (8-5, 1 KO).
Another Fury relation, Hosea Burton (28-3, 12 KOs) also tasted victory, as he came through on the referee’s scorecard after six rounds at cruiserweight against Reinis Porozovs (21-20-2, 14 KOs).