Tyson Fury’s trilogy bout against Derek Chisora on December 3 has been officially confirmed, but boxing fans have been left less than impressed by the anticipated announcement.Fury, 34, had been in discussions to fight bitter term rival Joshua in a mouthwatering and long-awaited match-up, offering the latter a golden ticket following his back-to-back defeats to Usyk. 

The heavyweight duo, who have shared the ring on two prior occasions, will square off once more at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.  WBC champion Fury who looked set for mammoth bouts against Oleksandr Usyk or Anthony Joshua  returns to the ring for the first time since emphatically knocking out Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium in April. 

Those negotiations ultimately proved futile, however, and instead the Gypsy King will fight Chisora, or ‘Del Boy’, for a third time, having outpointed him in 2011 and stopped him three years later. Fury, taking to social media to announce the news, wrote: ‘Let’s have it then Del Boy! See you December 3rd London!’ An official announcement press conference is set to be held later on Thursday afternoon.

Chisora comes into the bout on the back of an impressive points win over an aged Kubrat Pulev earlier in the year, but at 38 years old – and having lost to Fury twice before the match-up has received fierce backlash online.  One enraged boxing fan took to Twitter to write: ‘This is why the guy is a fraud. 

‘You can rate him however you like but it’s the cherry-picks, pulling out of fights, fake negotiations where he sets deadlines and then goes another way, the constant lying… always so much bulls*** surrounding Fury. He’s a terrible champion.’

Another wrote: ‘Absolutely ridiculous a fight that no one at all wants to see, all to rinse people for PPV money.’ Commenting on their previous battles – if you can call them that – another stated: ‘Such a dead fight, what is the point of this? The first two fights weren’t even competitive.’

Though the impending bout is one few, if any, wanted, should Fury prevail as expected the hopes of an historic undisputed bout against Ukrainian mastermind Usyk will resume. However, Usyk, like the majority of those reacting to the fight announcement, has been left frustrated by Fury’s decision to hold a bout in December. 

Usyk, the former undisputed cruiserweight champion and now WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titleholder, will return to action in 2023 after returning to Ukraine following his win over Joshua. 

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