Chisora: Fury bout to deliver ‘best 1st round ever’

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Derek Chisora said he and Tyson Fury agreed to deliver “the best first round in the heavyweight game ever” as he looks to cause an upset against the WBC heavyweight world champion on Saturday.

The two Britons face off at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with the “Gypsy King” expected to complete a winning trilogy over a 38-year-old underdog opponent he comfortably beat in 2011 and 2014.

Chisora, unfazed by the pre-fight hype and his underdog status, said he will be “going to war” with Fury.

“I don’t care what is said. For me to give up, just because a newspaper says so, I can’t do that,” Chisora told a news conference on Thursday.

“It is going to be the best first round in the heavyweight game ever, you’re going to love the whole show. We need the first round to be electric, so the place will be buzzing.

“I’m prepared to do it. We shook on it.

“On Saturday I’m going to go to war. I want to take what’s his and make it mine. Physically and mentally.

“It’s not going to be stinker, it’s going to be a great fight.”

The fight will be Fury’s first since his sixth round stoppage of compatriot Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium in April, after which he temporarily retired following a promise to his wife.

He told Thursday’s final pre-fight news conference that he was “in great shape, great spirits, ready to rock and roll” and would be happy to fight every month of the year.

“I train very hard and I respect every opponent that I’ve ever faced,” Fury said.

“I give 110% every time I’m in the gym, I’ve put in nine weeks of training for this fight, I’ve never had sex for six weeks. I want to come in there like a ramping rabbit … it’s going to be on like Donkey Kong.”

Chisora also revealed he and Fury had made a bet, not involving money, that would become obvious to all after the fight.

Despite strong ticket demand, with a crowd of 60,000 expected, Saturday should be merely a stepping stone for something much bigger.

Fury’s promoter Bob Arum told reporters a unification bout with WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO champion Oleksandr Usyk would likely be next up — unless there was a major upset.

“I don’t see any reason why the Usyk fight with Tyson Fury can’t be made speedily,” the American said. “That fight will happen next unless Mr Chisora lands his punch.

“Don’t discount Chisora. Chisora’s a hell of a fighter. He has a tremendous punch. He gave Usyk life and death. You can’t in this business count your chickens before they’re hatched.”

Chisora went 12 rounds with Usyk and lost on a unanimous decision at London’s Wembley Arena two years ago.

Fury’s co-promoter Frank Warren confirmed to talkSPORT radio that the Ukrainian was flying in and would be ringside on Saturday.

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