Tyson Fury Wins as Dereck Chisora's Weight Gamble Fails to Pay off

David CurryCorrespondent IJuly 23, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23:  Tyson Fury (R) throws a punch at Dereck Chisora during the British & Commonwealth Heavyweight Title Fight between Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury at Wembley Arena on July 23, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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Tyson Fury became British and Commonwealth Heavyweight champion after a convincing 12-round decision win over Dereck Chisora.

Chisora had weighed in at a career-highest 261 pounds in the hope that he could land an early KO victory against his much taller opponent.

In both the second and fourth rounds, it looked like the extra weight may work for Chisora, with Fury's defensive frailties exposed by some wild but powerful overhand rights.

Fury managed to survive the hurt and with the fighters level at two rounds each, Tyson then began to show the better skills. He became by far the busier fighter, and his uppercuts and hooks to the body began to exploit Chisora's lack of conditioning.

From the fourth round onward Chisora didn't really throw enough punches to stand a chance of winning a round. In the 10th, after a good start from Fury, Chisora rallied with a flurry of punches as he went for broke.

While Chisora won the 10th round, Fury survived and seemed certain of a victory as both men completed 12 rounds for the first time.

Chisora's corner sent him out to throw the kitchen sink at Fury in the final round, but he no longer had the strength or energy to mount a serious challenge.

Fury won a comfortable decision victory, but what we really learned from the night is that neither of these men should even consider getting in the ring with Wladimir Klitschko.

Fury is four or five years of development away from standing a chance and needs to secure a world-class trainer if he wants to fulfill his dreams.

Chisora, in hindsight, may be glad the fights with Wladimir fell through; they would have been a painful and humbling experience.