Fury vs Chisora ​​3 predictions: who will win?

Tyson’s Fury will take a step closer to the undisputed heavyweight crown when he takes on Derek Chisora defending his WBC world title on Saturday night, exclusively live on BT Sport.

The Gypsy King are determined to be the final stop on Oleksandr Usyk’s road in the first half of 2023, but he needs to be in top form against one of the most competitive contenders in recent British heavyweight history. , Chisora, 38 years old. .

Daniel Dubois Also returns to action on Saturday night in his first defense of the regular WBA heavyweight title he won in a complete and dominant knockout victory over Trevor Bryan in the summer.

Fury against Chisora

Plus, Daniel Dubois defends his WBA world title at an unmissable night of blockbuster boxing in North London. Book your seat now for Fury vs Chisora, exclusively live on BT Sport Box Office HD from 7pm.

Plus, there’s a fascinating clash between reigning European lightweight champion Yvan Mendy and undefeated Ukrainian Denys Berinchyk eagerly awaiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

But who will find trumps on one of the biggest cards of the year, exclusively live on BT Sport Box Office? Read on to find out our picks for the three big fights of the night.

Denys Berinchyk warms up during media workouts on Tuesday

Denys Berinchyk warms up during media workouts on Tuesday

Yvan Mendy vs Denys Berinchyk

Yvan Mendy will put his European lightweight title on the line when he welcomes Denys Berinchyk to the squared circle in a fight he hopes will entertain the North London masses.

The hard-hitting Frenchman will fight for only the second time since May 2020 when he made his turn in the ring on Saturday night, but comes into the fight after a dominant 12-round win over Gianluca Ceglia in April.

However, speaking to Queensberry Boxing ahead of this weekend’s fight, Mendy called on Berinchyk to meet him head-on in the ring after being frustrated by a number of evasive opponents in the past.

“I have five losses on points,” Mendy said.

“Three of my opponents have had world title fights. [Luke] Campbell, [Viktor] Postal and [Edis] Tatli. These three boxers beat me on points, at home, and by fleeing the whole fight.”

Whether Berinchyk will answer his call remains to be seen, but the 2012 Olympic silver medalist comes from a wealthy boxing background having fought alongside Vasyl Lomachenko and Oleksandr Usyk at the London Games a decade ago.

16-0 (9 KOs)

Berinchyk’s boxing record

The 34-year-old was a decorated amateur and hasn’t put a foot wrong since turning pro in 2015, winning all 16 of his professional contests.

Renowned for his eye-catching ring walks, Berinchyk has previously entered battle in a straitjacket, rode the arena on the back of a horse, and even come to the ring on a stretcher in a full cast!

Berinchyk has also dabbled in bare-knuckle boxing lately, beating former UFC star Artem Lobov by TKO in July last year.

But for all his showmanship outside the ring, Berinchyk could prove to be another frustrating opponent for Mendy this weekend, relying on speed, technique and movement rather than raw power as a path to victory.

It’s an approach that has paid off for Berinchyk so far and I think that trend will continue with an expected masterful performance from the Ukrainian securing the European lightweight crown ahead of his former teammate Usyk, who is expected to be present this weekend.

Verdict: Berinchyk via UD

Daniel Dubois vs. Kevin Lerena

Daniel Dubois has bounced back in impressive fashion since suffering the first loss of his promising professional career to Joe Joyce almost exactly two years ago.

Three successive knockout victories put the 25-year-old back on the rise of blockbuster fights in the heavyweight division, securing the regular WBA world title along the way.

It’s this version of the heavyweight belt that Dubois will defend for the first time on Saturday after needing just four rounds to snatch the title from former holder Trevor Bryan in June.

This will also be the fourth fight in a blossoming fighter-trainer relationship between Dubois and esteemed cornerman Shane McGuigan – and the results are certainly starting to pay off.

In this week’s media workouts, Dubois looked like a well-oiled machine and perhaps a little lighter than what we’ve seen in recent fights as he went through a fast-paced routine on the pads.

He’ll have to rely on his speed against the shorter Lerena, who many fight fans will only have seen in the flesh for the first time during practice on Tuesday afternoon.

The 30-year-old former IBO heavyweight champion is a short, stocky, solid unit and can clearly punch, with half of his career wins coming inside the distance.

This should prove to be a fascinating challenge for Dubois to take on, especially as Lerena fights in a southpaw stance, showcasing a different look than ‘DDD’ has encountered for most of her career to date. .

Lerena won’t come to bed either, having only tasted defeat once before; the South African star knows that if he can cap off a good performance with a victory on the biggest night of his career, he will pave the way to enormous riches in a fiery heavyweight division.

It may take Dubois a while to knock out Lerena, but in 12 rounds it seems likely the hulking Briton will eventually break him down and find a home for that fight-ending left hook.

Hopefully Lerena can give Dubois some problems in the meantime so we can see how much he’s developed since that Joyce loss – but anything other than a Dubois KO win would be a real surprise to me.

Verdict: Dubois via TKO, R9

Tyson Fury vs. Derek Chisora

The Gypsy King will be there to avoid the mother of all banana peels on Saturday night when he takes on familiar foe Derek Chisora ​​in what he hopes will be the final step on the road to the undisputed heavyweight title.

IBF, WBO and WBA champion Oleksandr Usyk is rumored to be at ringside on Saturday night in hopes that a victorious Fury will declare the Ukrainian as his next opponent in a blockbuster heavyweight showdown for all marbles at the beginning of 2023.

However, that could all fall apart unless Fury is on his A-game against a man who has seen it all in the boxing game, 38-year-old Chisora.

For all intents and purposes, this will likely be Chisora’s last attempt at an elusive world title after being beaten in his only previous attempt in 2012 by Vitali Klitschko.

This could make Del Boy the most dangerous he’s ever been, especially considering his underdog importance in the fight; all the pressure is on Fury’s shoulders to easily defeat an aging Chisora.

For what Chisora ​​may lack in technical ability, he more than makes up for in spirit – and that relentless desire to come forward and apply pressure may be his best weapon against Fury.

However, it’s nothing Fury won’t have encountered before – especially after sharing the ring twice with Chisora ​​previously, winning hands down each time.

Outside of a huge shot from the gods, it’s hard to prove that Chisora ​​can win this fight anywhere against Fury, who has proven to be one of the most well-rounded and adaptable fighters in the game. heavyweight division.

I expect Fury to overcome early pressure from Chisora ​​in the first four rounds, staying mobile like a matador and picking shots to take down the tiresome challenger.

Once in the final rounds, I think Fury will be looking to make a statement by doing what Usyk couldn’t, securing the knockout against Chisora ​​- although I think the referee’s intervention is more likely than an outright knockout.

Verdict: Fury via TKO, R11

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