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Fury: Chisora will be knocked out in fifth round

ESPN staff
February 15, 2014
Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora both fight at the Copper Box on Saturday © PA Photos

Tyson Fury has goaded Dereck Chisora by claiming the European heavyweight champion will be knocked out in five rounds by American Kevin Johnson.

Chisora defends his WBO and WBA International titles at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday, while Fury takes on Joey Abell on the same card.

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In 2009, Johnson went twelve rounds with Vitali Klitschko, and also knocked out Alex Leapai, who is Wladimir Klitschko's next opponent.

With the two British heavyweights expected to fight later this year, Fury has taken a swipe at Chisora by saying that Johnson will knock him out "probably around the fifth round".

Fury, who emerged as the victor in a 12-round contest with Chisora in 2011, also described Saturday's opponent Abell as his "worst nightmare".

"I've got this guy Joey Abell, 6'4", southpaw, worst nightmare for me, by the way. I'm going to state that now," Fury said. "He knocked down Kubrat Pulev in his last fight, I don't know if you saw that, and Pulev is the main challenger for Wladimir Klitschko's title.

"Like he said he's coming here to fight, he's not coming here to lie down. He's predicted he's going to knock me out within five rounds so we're going to see what's going to happen."

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