Tyson Fury entertained his fans in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with a World Cup inspired ring walk.
Derek Chisora, the challenger, entered in a green, regal robe – a nod to the man he was about to attempt to dethrone. He paced around a stage and took in the atmosphere in his home city. It was his 46th ring entrance in a career that has had more ups and downs than Alton Towers.
The commentary team told us it was a 60,000 sell out, and the reception for Fury was electric. He entered in a self-branded beanie hat, because it was December after all.
Fury’s son, Prince, was by his side holding the WBC belt as Red Right Hand by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds played and a voiceover introduced the Fury clan as fighting people.
As the champ entered the stadium, Three Lions (It’s Coming Home) provided a soundtrack for the crowd to chant to. It morphed again, this time into The Killers’ most crowd-pleasing anthem, Mr Brightside.
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Fan footage of Tyson Fury’s ring walk🏴🔥pic.twitter.com/zovbmuV3xl
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Fury left the stage and jogged to the ring with a smile on his face for the national anthem to be sung before the first bell.
What came after has been widely reported – a one-sided affair in which Fury dominated Chisora to the point that the referee had seen enough in the tenth. Many felt that his team should have pulled him out prior to that.
The WBC Champion – now with defences under his belt – looks to move on to an undisputed clash with the division’s other champion, Oleksandr Usyk. The bout is pencilled in for early 2023, and whether it’s in Saudi Arabia or the UK, fans can expect another captivating ring walk from the showman that is Tyson Fury.
There must be an honourable mention, too, for Ukraine’s Denys Berinchyk on the undercard. The fighter entered the ring in his country’s military gear reminding those of the ongoing invasion by Russia and the fight taking place outside of the ring. He went on to outpoint Yvan Mendy for the European Lightweight title.
Ukraine's Denys Berinchyk making his ring walk in his military uniform ahead of his fight on the Tyson Fury vs Derek Chisora III undercard… pic.twitter.com/OC1dDFdUNU
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