For U.S boxing fans wishing to see the July 26th fight between Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KO’s) and Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KOs), the fight will be shown by AWE from the Phones4U Arena in Manchester, England. HBO and ESPN opted now to show the fight, perhaps thinking rightly so that casual boxing fans wouldn’t know or care who these two fighters are.
There aren’t enough hardcore boxing fans in the U.S to drive up the numbers for a fight like this, so those two decided not to show it.
AWE will also be streaming the Chisora-Fury fight on their website, but according to ESPN, you have to be a member already in order to see it there.
The Chisora-Fury 2 rematch is important because the fight is a WBO heavyweight eliminator bout, so the winner will become the WBO mandatory challenger for champion Wladimir Klitschko, which is good for Klitschko but very, very bad for the Chisora-Fury winner, because neither of them is even close to being good enough to have a chance at beating a fighter of his talent. As such, what we’re really talking about is two mediocre heavyweights with mostly passed resumes fighting it out to get an arguably undeserving shot at Wladimir’s WBO title. But worse than that, they’re fighting out to find out which guy is going to be knocked out or totally dominated by Wladimir in a one-sided fight.
Chisora already lost to Fury three years ago in a one-sided 12 round decision, but the two are fighting again because boxing is big business in the UK and there are precious few quality heavyweights. This fight will bring both fighters a good payday, and they’ll probably be able to fight each other next year and get another good payday. That’s kind of how it is.
Chisora has built himself back up after losing 4 fights against higher quality heavyweights. Unfortunately, Chisora built himself back up by facing weak opposition, so he’s still pretty much the same fighter that was beaten by Vitali Klitschko, David Haye, Robert Helenius and Fury in the past.
“We are ecstatic to bring this five-star fight to the fans,” AWE CEO Robert Herring said in announcing the acquisition. “This fight has so many storylines that range from the great first fight to two guys that really dislike each other to the belts and of course a shot at Klitschko. There will be a winner in the ring but the big winners will be the fans of the United States who will get to witness this can’t miss heavyweight fight on AWE.”
The Fury-Chisora 2 fight should make for mild entertainment for as long as it lasts, but it’s pretty much just picking out the sacrificial lamb for Wladimir to slaughter.