Heavyweight contender Tyson Fury laid a one-sided beating on British countryman Dereck Chisora in a world title eliminator before Chisora's trainer, Don Charles, threw in the towel after the 10th round on Saturday night at the ExCeL Arena in London.
Fury dominated the entire fight -- virtually every single second -- to earn a mandatory title shot at one of world champion Wladimir Klitschko's belts. In addition, Fury also claimed Chisora's European title and the vacant British championship.
"Wladimir Klitschko, I'm coming for you, baby," Fury said. "I'm coming. No retreat, no surrender."
Fury and Chisora are two of the biggest trash talkers in boxing, which made for a heated promotion in which they promised to do all kinds of bodily harm to one another in the fight, which had been postponed from July 26 because Chisora fractured his left hand during his final sparring session just eight days before the scheduled fight.
In the end, however, it was all Fury, who won their rematch going away. Fury beat Chisora even easier than he did the first time they met in 2011, when he pounded out a clear, but competitive, unanimous decision in an exciting fight. In the first meeting, Chisora was 261 pounds, about 20 pounds heavier than his usual fighting weight, and not in top condition.
For Saturday night's fight, the 6-foot-2 Chisora was 241 pounds and in fine condition, but had no answers for the 6-9, 264-pound Fury, who usually boxes right-handed but turned southpaw for much of the fight and battered Chisora with a long right jab.
From the outset, Fury (23-0, 17 KOs) gave Chisora (20-5, 13 KOs) problems as he jammed the jab in his face and kept him on the outside. Chisora had no way to get inside other than by landing a couple of low blows, for which he was warned by referee Marcus McDonnell in the first round.
The fight was so easy for Fury, 26, that there was little action. He simply doubled and tripled his jab against a plodding Chisora, 30, who sopped up tremendous punishment. He was wobbled by a left hook in the fourth round.
While the steady Fury relied almost exclusively on his jab, Chisora could do little more than swing wildly and miss in a dud of a fight that had the restless crowd booing the lack of action in the sixth round. It was also in the sixth round that Fury began to bust up Chisora's right eye.
There was drama in Chisora's corner after the sixth round as Charles asked Chisora if he wanted to continue fighting because he had taken so much punishment. Chisora said he did but he never was able to get his offense going.
By the ninth round, Chisora's right eye was closed with a cut under it and Charles told him after the round that it was "now or never, no regrets tomorrow morning."
But no pep talk was going to save Chisora, who took even more of a pounding in the 10th round. When Chisora returned to his corner after the round he did not sit down on his stool, instead huddling with Charles, who told him, "I want you to finish on your feet." And with that comment, Charles instructed McDonnell to stop the fight, bringing it to a quiet end.
After all the hype, it was a disappointing fight, but one in which Fury boxed well and controlled Chisora, whose five-fight winning streak ended, with ease.
"I don't think another heavyweight could box him like that," Fury said. "Dereck Chisora would give any other heavyweight a hard fight. I didn't even really take many blows. I'm very proud of my performance."
Fury won't get the shot at Klitschko next. While Fury promoter Mick Hennessey is making plans for him to fight again in February to stay sharp, Klitschko, armed with a new contract from HBO, likely will defend the world title against Philadelphia's Bryant Jennings in New York in April.
The winner of that fight then probably would fight Fury next summer or fall.
"Wladimir is allowed one more fight and then the big fight is on," said Hennessy, adding that it could be next summer or in September. "All Klitschko has to do is step up and take it."