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Fury forecasts ‘biggest year of career’ after defeating Chisora

By AFP
04 December 2022   |   8:05 am
Tyson Fury said 2023 would be "the "biggest year of my career" as the Briton looks to unify boxing's fractured heavyweight division. Fury, unbeaten as a professional, retained his WBC version of the title with a 10th-round stoppage of Derek Chisora on Saturday -- the third time he has defeated his compatriot. The 34-year-old Fury…

Britain’s Tyson Fury (L) fights against Britain’s Derek Chisora during their WBC heavyweight title boxing match, at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in east London, on December 3, 2022. (Photo by Ben Stansall / AFP)

Tyson Fury said 2023 would be “the “biggest year of my career” as the Briton looks to unify boxing’s fractured heavyweight division.

Fury, unbeaten as a professional, retained his WBC version of the title with a 10th-round stoppage of Derek Chisora on Saturday — the third time he has defeated his compatriot.

The 34-year-old Fury was in complete command from the opening bell, with large parts of the fight resembling a sparring session such was the dominance of the self-styled “Gypsy King”.

Oleksandr Usyk, the holder of the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles, was among a crowd of nearly 60,000 on a bitterly cold night at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in north London.

“I’m ready and willing to take on Usyk whether it is in Saudi Arabia or back here in the United Kingdom,” Fury told a post-fight press conference.

“Let’s give the fans one champion, one name, one face. He’s not an easy boxer to figure out, he’s slick, a southpaw, moves well, coming in on good form and I look forward to the challenge.

“But for whatever reason, if we’re not able to do that, then we will have Joe Joyce at Wembley. I’ll do Usyk and then Joyce at Wembley as well.

There were chaotic scenes following Saturday’s contest, with Fury joined in the ring by Ukraine’s Usyk and Britain’s Joyce.

All three boxers are unbeaten as professionals, with UsykWBO, 35, twice defeating Anthony Joshua, firstly depriving the British heavyweight of his world titles at the home of Premier League football club Tottenham in September last year before defeating him again in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, this July.