Tyson Fury and Derek Chisora will face off for a third and hopefully final time tonight at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London.
Following hope from fans that Fury would be facing Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed crown, or Anthony Joshua in a much-anticipated domestic tear up, ‘The Gypsy King’ settled on, in his own words, doing his old pal a favour.
The announcement of Chisora as challenger was met with criticism from fans, many of whom deem it uncompetitive and a mismatch. Chisora has lost four of his last eight, and was beaten comprehensively by Fury earlier in his career not once, but twice.
Renowned trainer and commentator, Teddy Atlas, recently called the bout a ‘gold watch’ for ‘Del Boy’, and the purses reported by Sports Zion back this up.
Fury will leave the arena with a guaranteed $25 million (£21 million), whilst Chisora will be $3.8 million (£3.1m). Add to this an 80:20 split of pay-per-view revenue and it’s a profitable night for both men – particularly the champion, who could see his purse break $35 million depending on the broadcast performance.
It looks to be a slight but steady increase for what the champion received for the Dillian Whyte fight in April. Frank Warren submitted a record purse bid of $41 million which was split to give $29.5 million to Fury with a reported $4.1 million bonus after the victory.
‘The Gypsy King’ recently said in an interview that ‘it’s not really about the money’, so tens of millions in the bank helped by a career-high pay-per-view price for fans in a cost of living crisis must be a nice bonus on top of whatever he wants to gain from the Chisora fight.
The pair have promised that people will get their money’s worth, though, publicly agreeing to meet in the middle of the ring on the sound of the bell and trade big punches.