Derek Chisora admits the referee was right to step in and wave off his trilogy fight with Tyson Fury.
The British heavyweights squared off for the third time in front of 60,000 fans at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday night.
Fury, the WBC world champion, pummelled his opponent for ten rounds before the fight was eventually stopped and Chisora thanked referee Victor Loughlin for saving him from another two rounds of damage.
“The ref said, ‘If you don’t do anything else I’m gonna stop it.’ And the ref was right,” Chisora told Seconds Out post-fight.
“You have to go home to your kids. As fighters, you don’t wanna stop. That’s why the ref’s there.”
When the pair first fought back in 2011, they were fierce rivals.
However, 11 years and three fights later, they are friends and Fury showed concern for his pal post-fight and the two men even shared food backstage.
While Fury and Chisora were happy with the stoppage, YouTuber-turned-boxer KSI felt that the referee should’ve allowed the fight to conclude naturally.
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“I thought it was a terrible stoppage, but Chisora smashed it. I thought he did very well, Fury didn’t look as good as he normally does, and it is what it is.,” he told BT Sport.
“I’m very proud of Derek, man. If it was up to Derek, he would’ve gone out on his shield, but it is what it is. I thought it was a poor stoppage from the ref.
Despite suffering his fourth defeat in five fights, Chisora has already announced his intention to fight on and will most likely be in another tough fight early next year.
Meanwhile, Fury, who holds the WBC heavyweight title, is targeting an undisputed clash with Oleksandr Usyk who holds the WBO, WBA, and IBF heavyweight titles after beating Anthony Joshua twice earlier this year.
The two men confronted each other post-fight and agreed to face off in 2023.
However, Fury insists that if his fight with Uysk fails to come off, he’ll take on Joe Joyce at Wembley Stadium instead after being impressed by The Juggernaut who knocked out Joseph Parker in September.
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