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Not even a virus could stop Fury from beating Chisora
By Andrew Scott Tuesday, 2 December 2014 12:53
A virus almost didn’t let Tyson Fury take on Dereck Chisora for their rematch, but internet bookmakers saw that he could still set up a shot for the world title thanks to a stoppage win that left many happy fans.
In the ring, Fury had control over Chisora, who had no choice but to pull out after having been thoroughly punished by the Manchester heavyweight fighter at the ExCeL Arena in London.
The win could have given Fury a shot at the WBO belt – currently held by Wladimir Klitschko – but after suffering from a chest infection, the boxer’s trainings for the crucial meeting were seriously set back.
A fight in the summer was interrupted after Chisora suffered from an injured hand, and Fury was eager to push with the fight, which was rescheduled.
“Nobody knows Tyson hadn’t trained for the past three and a half weeks coming into this fight,” said Peter Fury, his trainer.
“Tyson had a virus that put him bed-ridden. He’s had flu injections, been up and down to the doctors, I took him to my place and put him in bed for three or four days.
“Last week he started to feel better and two days before this fight he said, ‘listen I feel absolutely okay’.
“There was talk at one time of pulling this fight but we have to be on death’s door to pull a fight.”
Klitschko, 38-years-old, owns three world titles, and the Ukrainian was not defeated in more than 10 years, but Fury’s camp and many internet bookmakers believe that he can still take on the best of the division.
“Tyson will bring back a world title for Britain,” said Peter, his uncle. “The thing with Tyson Fury is you don’t know who is turning up.
“That’s why he has a big advantage – how can you prepare for someone like him? He’s able to switch his tactics up, he’s got that much potential.”
“I don’t think anyone thought Tyson Fury could do what he’s done to a fighter like Chisora.
“Tyson is majorly talented and people need to wake up. Just because he’s 6ft 9, looks a bit clumsy now and then, goes in swinging when he hasn’t got his trainer in the corner – Tyson is a serious threat on a world level.”
Frank Warren, promoter, said how in the 10th round he was trying to get Chisora’s corner to take action after Fury riddled him with more hits.
“I told (Chisora’s trainer) Don Charles to stop the fight,” said the promoter
“He was nine rounds behind at that stage and it didn’t look like he was going to knock him out. What was the point? The punishment he was taking to try get his shots off was not somewhere I wanted him to be.”