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Tyson Fury will do everything he can to put Dereck Chisora into deep freeze in 'fairy story fight'

JEFF POWELL: Tyson Fury will do everything he can to put ‘heavy hitter’ Dereck Chisora into deep freeze in Saturday’s ‘fairy story fight’…. but the heavyweight champion admits he will have ‘a little sadness in me’ as he mourns the end of 11-year rivalry

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Tyson Fury will do everything in his gigantic powers to put Dereck Chisora into deep freeze on this ice-cold Saturday night, yet admits he will feel a pang of remorse as and when that knock out is inflicted.

For Fury it is an essential requirement to batter away his old friend’s renewed challenge, so as to cement a spring super-fight against rival champion Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed world heavyweight title.

The tinge of melancholy is rooted in their rivalry over the past decade and has been brought to the surface by Fury’s realisation that victory for him in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium may come in Chisora’s final fight.

Of what is likely to be the last of their three deadly dances in that squared ring of blood and glory, Fury says: ‘It will be a fantastic night, a tremendous fight, a great spectacle for the 60 or 70 thousands fans and I will be buzzing.

‘But deep down I will have a little sadness inside me as well. Because this will probably be the end of Dereck Chisora. For me, that will be a pretty sad end to our rivalry over more than a decade.’

The Gypsy King has been his usual flamboyant salesman self throughout the build up but on the eve of this defence of his WBC crown he found time for nostalgia.

Tyson Fury will defend his WBC title against Dereck Chisora at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Tyson Fury will defend his WBC title against Dereck Chisora at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Around 60,000 tickets have been pre-sold for Saturday's fight between Fury and Chisora

Around 60,000 tickets have been pre-sold for Saturday's fight between Fury and Chisora

Around 60,000 tickets have been pre-sold for Saturday’s fight between Fury and Chisora

‘I remember when Dereck was boxing’s hot young guy and I was even younger,’ he says. ‘We were two new pros with a point to prove. He was rated No 1 contender by the WBO and had a very, very big future.

‘At 22, I became the youngest British heavyweight champion when I beat him the first time. It seems like no time ago. Where have those eleven years gone? I’m world champion now. This is his second world title shot. Like Dereck I love and live for fighting. It’s the addiction to competition which is so exciting. I don’t want to suddenly find myself retired.’

With this thought, be turns prosaic rather than bombastic. At 34 he says: ‘I dreamed a dream a long time ago. The dream became reality. Now the dream is my happy every-day life.

Around 60,000 tickets have been pre-sold for Saturday's fight between Fury and Chisora

Around 60,000 tickets have been pre-sold for Saturday's fight between Fury and Chisora

American promoter Bob Arum has no doubt that Gypsy King can pack football grounds

‘Sometimes I sit back and think about the Wizard of Oz, with Dorothy on the yellow brick road trying to find her way home and in the end its only a dream. I hope that never happens to me. I’m really enjoying my dream and I don’t want to wake up and I’m still 22 with a world full of debts and worries and love handles.’

There is always another, surprising layer of Tyson Fury to be peeled away. He warms to this latest, romantic analogy by saying: ‘In a way this a bit of a fairy story which Dereck and I will look back on down the years to come. 

‘This is a fantastic sunset fight him. If this is his final fight it is for the world heavyweight title and he is getting paid millions for it.’

Fury (above) has also claimed he wants to fight one person a month in a calendar year

Fury (above) has also claimed he wants to fight one person a month in a calendar year

Fury (above) has also claimed he wants to fight one person a month in a calendar year

The Gypsy King fights 'War' Chisora (right) at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday

The Gypsy King fights 'War' Chisora (right) at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday

The Gypsy King fights ‘War’ Chisora (right) at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday

He adds this riposte to criticism that a third fight with a veteran coming up 39 this month who he has beaten twice already and has 12 losses on his record is not befitting of the occasion: ‘What’s not to love? We are sharing an epic trilogy together. Dereck is always in epic fights. He has given British boxing fans some fantastic nights. 

‘By fighting relentlessly against top opposition he has become a cult figure and should be given full respect. He will come to fight and together we will give the public another occasion to remember. Then move on.’

Fury expects that to be in the direction of Ukraine war hero Usyk, who is flying from Kyiv to be at ringside. Then onward to monthly mega-fights in the historic tradition of Joe Louis, not only at Wembley Stadium but around the world in the footsteps of Muhammad Ali.

The 34-year-old has been fitted with a new, typically bold suit ahead of Saturday night's fight

The 34-year-old has been fitted with a new, typically bold suit ahead of Saturday night's fight

The 34-year-old has been fitted with a new, typically bold suit ahead of Saturday night’s fight

Fury wants an undisputed heavyweight title showdown against Oleksandr Usyk in March

Fury wants an undisputed heavyweight title showdown against Oleksandr Usyk in March

Fury wants an undisputed heavyweight title showdown against Oleksandr Usyk in March

To do so as the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis, who zoomed into the conversation from his Caribbean home to predict a stoppage in refrigerated conditions in North London, then for his heir apparent to complete the succession to the throne he has occupied for a decade.

Not that Fury is taking any or all of that for granted. As he says: ‘This is heavyweight boxing. Anything can happen. One punch can unravel the best laid plans and Dereck is a heavy hitter’

Fury, however, is in the habit of getting up and hitting back even harder. There is too much at stake for him not to do so again, in the unlikely event that proves necessary.

Fury v Chisora will be televised live this Saturday night on BT Sport Box Office.

Denise T. Jones

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