Ahead of his third fight with Tyson Fury, Derek Chisora believes that ‘The Gypsy King’s abilities have gone downhill since 2014.
Speaking to BT Sport before their December clash, Chisora – who was a late opponent following attempted negotiations between Fury and Anthony Joshua – believes that whilst he has improved, Fury hasn’t.
“I think he was a better fighter when I last boxed him. I’m better now. Last time I fought him he was better, he was good. He was on point.”
Fury’s style – or game plans – have certainly changed since the pair last faced off in 2014. On that night in London, Chisora’s then trainer, Don Charles, pulled his fighter out with two rounds left to fight.
‘The Gypsy King’ claimed the European, WBO International, and vacant British heavyweight titles with the victory, as well as putting to bed their rivalry – or so fans thought.
Now that they’re fulfilling a trilogy that not many people outside of the fighters asked for, both men have indeed changed throughout their careers.
Chisora has had an undeniable resurgence after some lacklustre performances, and seems now determined to leave everything in the ring as opposed to having off nights where the effort may just not be there.
After drawing with Deontay Wilder in their first fight, Fury partnered up with trainer SugarHill Steward, nephew of Emanuel and practitioner of the Kronk style that brought the likes of Wladimir Klitschko and Andy Lee such success.
Whether or not that can be considered a decline is up for debate, but ‘WAR’ Chisora certainly thinks so and will use that hunch to his advantage come December 3 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.