• Tyson Fury v Dereck Chisora

Sparks fly as Chisora and Fury shake on £10,000 wager

ESPN staff
July 14, 2014
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Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora almost came to blows during a pre-fight press conference in London on Monday, although the pair did manage to shake hands on a £10,000 side-bet.

Fury and Chisora are set to meet in an all-British world heavyweight title eliminator on July 26, but that prize, along with bragging rights, does not appear to be enough for either fighter.

Both proclaimed they would win the bout, a highly-poised rematch following Fury's points win at Wembley Arena in 2011, with relative ease and shook hands on an interesting side-bet, amid their heated bartering.

Originally, a figure of £10,000 was agreed before Fury appeared to dismiss that value as insufficient. He suggested £100,000 before claiming he would wager his entire purse in the fight - because he was that "confident" he would beat Chisora for a second time.

Both British and European heavyweight titles will be on the line at the Phones4U Arena, but Fury is already looking ahead to bigger things.

"For me this is nothing more than a stepping-stone fight," Fury told BT Sport. "This is Dereck Chisora's final crack at the whip - but for me this is a stepping stone.

"Dereck Chisora is a journeyman, what champions do to journeymen is they smash them to bits. If I can't smash him to bits then I must be a journeyman too.

"His European title and his belts - I'm not interested in them, I'm giving them back after I beat him. He's the challenger, he's the chump and he's 10 levels below me and I'm going to prove that by smashing his face right in.

"Every time he thinks of Tyson Fury in the future he's going to wish he'd never heard that name. I'm going to annihilate him. He's going to sleep for good. There's no doubt in my mind. I'm flattening his big, ugly, fat face."

Fury used expletive language during the Kensington conference but, despite Chisora apologising for his unbeaten opponent's behaviour, refused to change his ways.

"If you don't like the station, change the channel b****," Fury said. "This is my show, I do what I want. This is boxing, it isn't tap-dancing. If anybody doesn't like that they shouldn't be here.

"I'm in fight mode, kill-mode. I don't apologise, it is what it is."

When asked to respond, Chisora simply stated that he was "coming" for Fury in Manchester.

Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury reportedly shook on a £10,000 wager © Getty Images
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