Tyson Fury has responded to criticism over how long Derek Chisora was allowed to continue in their fight last weekend – and admitted perhaps Chisora should have been pulled out earlier.
Fury told TalkSPORT that, whilst both men were well aware of the risks that come with heavyweight boxing, he felt maybe Chisora’s corner or referee Victor Loughlin could have put ‘Del Boy’ out of his misery a touch sooner.
“It’s a boxing match, we both know what we’re getting in there for. One, we’re in there to put a show on for the fans, and two, we’re fighting for our families.
As fighters, we never want the fights to be stopped. But maybe the corner or referee could have stepped in a little bit earlier.
But, thank God, Derek’s alright. I spoke to him and everything’s good so we’ve both got out of the ring in one piece, which is the most important thing.”
WBC world champion Fury dominated affairs from start to finish at the Tottenham Hotspurs’ Stadium before the contest was waved off in the tenth round.
Although Fury never really got out of second gear, Chisora still shipped large amounts of punishment and his trainer Don Charles came under criticism from some quarters for not throwing the towel in.
The news that Chisora seems to be well recovered after the gruelling fight will be welcome to all in the sport, after concerns about the 38 year old’s long term health had been raised even before the bout.
Fans will be hoping it’s an undisputed fight next for Fury, after he faced off with unified champion Oleksandr Usyk after his victory. The most recent updates have been positive, with a March 4 date next year in Saudi Arabia being targeted.