IT was revealed by promoter Frank Warren at yesterday’s (November 29) Bad Blood press conference that he was the one who decided to retire Dereck Chisora following the 10th round of a brutally one-sided bout against Tyson Fury.
Read more of what Warren had to say about this, and the rest of the London ExCel event, below.
On Dereck Chisora-Tyson Fury II
“I told Don [Charles, Chisora’s trainer] to stop the fight after the 10th round, as it was quite apparent there’d be no change in the way things were going. Dereck just didn’t get into the fight from the start. His jab was non-existent and he couldn’t cope with Fury’s height and size. That was the pattern of the fight.
“Chisora’s a warrior and a very tough guy. He had three stitches under his eye and his nose may be broken. There’s no way I’m going to be making any decisions about Dereck’s future [in the sport] tonight, though. That’s something we’ll talk about and discuss together.”
On Billy Joe Saunders–Chris Eubank Jnr
“Saunders-Eubank was a cracking fight – one of the best I’ve seen for a while. Down the road, you can see a rematch taking place.
“The timing of the fight was good. Saunders’ experience as an amateur and as a pro proved to be the difference in the contest. He won the first four or five rounds, but Eubank came on strong in the later rounds. He’s got a big heart. He knew he needed a stoppage to win as the final rounds approached, and he went for it. I’m sure he’ll come again.
“Saunders did a great job against Eubank and he’ll fight the winner of Andy Lee-Matt Korobov for the WBO middleweight title next, hopefully on our show at the O2 Arena on February 28. We’ll do our best to get that fight on there. Tyson Fury will also be in action on that date.”
On Frankie Gavin-Bradley Skeete
“Gavin-Skeete was a real technical fight. I thought Gavin did enough to win.”
On Mitchell Smith-Zoltan Kovacs
“Smith busted his left hand up in the first round, but he’s a good little fighter.”