Head of talent relations at Probellum, Sam Jones, has admitted that he found Tyson Fury’s fight against Derek Chisora very difficult to watch.
Fury overcame ‘Del Boy’ for the third time in his career, securing a tenth-round technical knockout over the veteran.
However, some fans and pundits expressed their concerns for Chisora’s health after succumbing to a one-sided beat down, believing that his corner perhaps should have thrown the towel in and saved their fighter from unnecessary damage.
In an interview with Seconds Out, Jones, the former manager of Joe Joyce, explained his disappointment with Don Charles, Chisora’s trainer, for not ending the fight before the referee intervened.
“I promise you, I’m not just saying this for effect at all, I felt sick watching some of the last rounds.
Listen, Don Charles knows Derek Chisora better than most people, he’s been around from the beginning. He’s a decent guy, but it was brave cornering for me, I don’t like brave corners, I think the corner was too brave last night.
Your job is to protect your man and Derek needed protecting. Derek Chisora would still be fighting now, if he could stand on two legs and still swing his arms, he would still be fighting Tyson Fury now!”
Jones went on to praise referee Victor Loughlin for eventually stopping the fight after hinting to Chisora’s corner to pull their man out.
“This isn’t a Rocky film, where he can beat Apollo Creed in the last round and a movie-setting ending. This is real life. This is a guy who is 38 years old, who has been involved in some absolute barnstormers in his career, taking heavy shots from the number one heavyweight in the world. I thought it was horrible to watch to be perfectly honest with you.”
“Victor Loughlin [referee] I thought did a good job last night, I thought even he could have ended it a little bit earlier, but he did a good job. I saw him saying to the corner ‘guys, come on, don’t make me have to do this [stop the fight], you should be doing it’”.
Fans are hoping that Fury’s next fight will be a much more even contest as he looks set to take on Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed heavyweight title.