Joshua returns to the ring next week when he makes his first defense of his IBF heavyweight title against American Dominic Breazeale. However a showdown with Tyson Fury to unify their respective heavyweight titles and create an all-British heavyweight showdown of monstrous proportions, is the carrot dangling for him later this year it would seem. Both men have engaged in…
Fury and Chisora March On Towards Inevitable Showdown
By Peter Wells
No mistakes were allowed on Saturday night as a huge British rematch between Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora loomed. And with both Fury and Chisora taking care of business, the all-British rematch is now likely to rival Carl Froch-George Groves 2 as the most anticipated fight of the year on this side of the Atlantic.
In the main event Kevin Johnson couldn’t do anything to hamper the big showdown but he once again made it the championship distance. Derek Chisora 20-4(13) dominated the majority of the fight even though Johnson had his moments, but as he often does, the American failed to capitalise on his boxing skills, allowing Chisora to control the pace of the contest.
Johnson 29-5-1(14) went down in the 5th round, but Chisora never came close to stopping the granite-chinned 34 year old in a boxing match fought almost exclusively inside, which resulted in a less than appealing spectacle. The official scores were 118-110 & 118-109(twice) all for Derek Chisora.
Tyson Fury 22-0(16) stopped tough American southpaw Joey Abell 29-8(28) in 4 thoroughly entertaining rounds which saw Abell hit the canvas 4 times.
Fury boxed well behind a solid left jab but like most Fury fights it wasn’t without the drama. Fury was caught with several big left hands and a solid right early in the 4th, but ultimately Fury’s chin held up very well and Abell was punished when he left himself open.
The straight right was not the only weapon from Tyson as a beautiful left hook floored Abell as the bell rung to end the 3rd. The referee called a halt to the fight after the 4th knockdown which brought boos from the crowd but to his credit it was the correct call.
Frank Buglioni 12-0(9) improved his status with a 5th round stoppage win against Italian Gaestano Nespro 21-10-1(3).
Nespro hit the canvas in the 4th round with Buglioni in command against his smaller opponent. Still the experienced Nespro came swinging back, offering a warning to Buglioni who was eyeing a stoppage.
Buglioni’s patient approach paid off in the 5th when a perfect left hook under the chin floored Nespro for a 2nd time before a third knockdown ended the 10-rounder.
Late replacement Christopher Sebire 22-8(8) suffered a successive defeat to a British boxer as he was outpointed by Bradley Skeete 15-0(4) over 12 rounds.
Sebire stepped in at short notice for former world titlist Vivian Harris – a fighter far, far past his prime – which came as a vast let-down for the unbeaten Skeete. Still the London prospect got the job done with minimal fuss, scoring a wide decision win – 117-111, 119-109, 120-108.
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