Frank Warren insists the third fight with Derek Chisora was the best option for Tyson Fury in December following the breakdown in talks with Anthony Joshua’s representatives.
Fury had publicly tried to get a match signed with Anthony Joshua for December 2022, which now appears to have fallen through.
Eight years on from a one-sided rematch victory which ended their rivalry once and for all, out of nowhere, Fury is now stabilised to lock horns with Chisora again in a trilogy bout which has drawn broad attention from the boxing public.
At the age of 38 and having lost three of his last four contests, Chisora is viewed by many as an unsatisfactory challenger for the Gypsy King. He will be an overwhelming favourite to retain his WBC heavyweight title on December 3.
Frank Smith did an interview on IFL yesterday, and he said it’s too soon – I wish they’d have told me that a month before the talks.
‘We wasted a lot of time, so now we’re going to go down the rankings. And I’ll read them to you as I did at the press conference.
‘You go down BoxRec, and you’ve got the No 1 [Oleksandr] Usyk, not available, Joshua, not available, Deontay Wilder, fought at the weekend, Andy Ruiz, he’s fighting Wilder now in a final eliminator, Dillian Whyte he’s beaten, Joe Joyce, not available, he only fought a few weeks ago, and he’s on holiday, [Luis] Ortiz got beat and wasn’t available, Joseph Parker got beat by Joe – the next one is Chisora and then Kubrat Pulev, who Chisora knocked out.’