After it was teased that Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua would finally get it on in the ring following years of back and forth, boxing fans have been forced to settle with WBC world heavyweight champion Fury taking on Derek Chisora for a third time.
Fury has dominated his duel with ‘Del Boy’ over the years, winning the first two fights in 2011 and 2014, and many fans are hopeful that this is the first step towards the champion facing off against Oleksandr Usyk in a unification bout further down the line.
The fight will take place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in what’s the second major boxing card at the north London amphitheatre after Joshua vs Usyk in 2021.
Boxing has a lengthy history with football grounds.
Football stadia hosting major boxing events is far from a contemporary concept.
In the UK, football grounds have been used to host fights regularly since the 1920s. Wembley’s first card came in 1924, with the first recorded boxing event at a football ground taking place in 1909 when Jimmy Britt took on Johnny Summers at the Memorial Ground in east London.
The tradition carried on thereafter with fights at football stadia being held across the globe. Muhammed Ali memorably defeated Henry Cooper in front of 41,000 at Highbury in 1966 after beating the Englishman at Wembley three years prior.
The all-time classic bout between Ali and George Foreman in 1974, better known as the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’, also took place at a football ground in Zaire. The 20th of May Stadium is now known as the Stade Tata Raphae in modern-day DR Congo.
Such events have become more common in the 21st century, with British football grounds such as Hampden Park, the City of Manchester Stadium, and the new Wembley hosting fights containing some of boxing’s all-time greats. These include Mike Tyson, Ricky Hatton, and Vladimir Klitschko.
The latter fought plenty of fights in Germany during his illustrious career as he took on Ruslan Chagaev at the Veltins Arena – home to Schalke – in 2009, and David Haye at Hamburg’s Volksparkstadion in 2011.
Tyson Fury will take on Derek Chisora for a third time on 3 December, 2022 with the ringwalks for the main event scheduled for 22:00 (BST). The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in north London will host the event.
Boxing fans in the UK will be able to watch the fight via BT Sport Box Office, while US fans can stream the event via ESPN+.
Tickets for the fight went on general sale via ticketmaster.co.uk on Friday 21 October, while premium packages can be purchased through the official Tottenham Hotspur website.