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Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury are both in action tonight as they bid to keep their proposed summer rematch alive with respective wins over Kevin Johnson and Joey Abell.

The two heavyweights first met in 2011 when Fury comfortably outpointed his overweight opponent.

The undefeated 25-year-old returns to the ring for the first time since his win over Steve Cunningham in New York last April.

Fury, who weighed in at a career-heavy 19st 8lb yesterday, twice saw fights with fellow Brit David Haye postponed at the end of last year.

Chisora, meanwhile, recorded four stoppage wins last year but will do well to inflict a similar fate on the tough Johnson.

Follow all the action from the Copper Box Arena in London with Jeff Powell's insight from ringside.

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Two contrasting heavyweight fights from London there but both Fury and Chisora inch closer to a summer rematch.

Thanks for joining me, we'll have reports from both fights very shortly.


Chisora says he wants to fight Alexander Povetkin next before Fury in summer.

He added: 'Credit to Kevin Johnson, he came to surive and we came out healthy.
'We move on to the next chapter.
'I knew he was going to cover up; when you fight people like him you've got to be worried because you might catch your jab on his elbow.
'I said it before, this was going to be a long night and go 12 rounds.
'I didn't want to push for the knockout.'

We go to the scorecards...

The scores are in and all three have Chisora as the winner, by margins of 118-109, 118-110 and 118-109.

Dereck Chisora beats Kevin Johnson by unanimous decision


Johnson lands with an uppercut early on, as if he has only just realised he is in a fight. Another couple of left hands show a glimpse of what once was but the clock ticks towards a lopsided Chisora victory.

JEFF POWELL: They grinned at each before the start of the last round but, curiously, Johnson began the final three minutes by taking the initiative. Chisora was flagging at the finish and for the only time Johnson battered him on the ropes.  Finally, the American visitor took home a round. 9-10

Total: 119-108


Chisora still has enough in the tank as he comes on strongly in the closing stages. A heavy right lands flush before a left hook does likewise but the American stands firm.

JEFF POWELL: Chisora was still finding the energy to rough up Johnson but the steam was going out of the assault. The American looked apprehensive after one Chisora right but was still in no mood to call it a night – and still not ready to sit down at the end of another losing round.  10-9


Don Charles sounds like an excellent man to have in the corner. Chisora has not exactly had a hard night but his trainer has spoken with calm authority between the rounds. But the Brit is breathing heavily now and telegraphing his shots a little too much. He picks up the pace towards the bell and he's two rounds away from the win.

JEFF POWELL: Chisora marched on but to a slowing beat. So although Johnson was still shipping punishment it was looking as if he would achieve his limited ambition of reaching the final bell. 10-9


Johnson connects with a hook to the body which looks to have hurt the Brit but the referee rules it low, allowing him time to recover. Chisora looks to be feeling the effects of the fast pace he set through the first seven rounds. He has a very healthy lead on the scorecards however as we head into the 10th.

JEFF POWELL: Chisora dropped his guard when caught with a body shot and O’Connor ordered him to stay in boxing mode. But the reborn Del Boy proved strong enough to go past  the mid-fight fatigue which had contributed to him being knocked out by David Haye. 10-9


Johnson seems to have paid attention to his corner and lands a couple of left hooks to the body. Chisora continues to look to connect with his looping right rather than jabbing his way in and his work looks rather tired by the time the bell rings. That could be Johnson's first round.

JEFF POWELL: Johnson protested again about being hit behind the head but the referee was giving him licence to go for the metaphoric kill. The pattern was unrelentingly in Chisora’s favour and the American had still not won a round on my card. 10-9 


Chisora makes a fast start but other than glancing right hand, doesn't pose Johnson too many problems. The American is doing all he can to have an easy night and at the end of the round his corner implores him to start punching. He's only around seven rounds too late.

JEFF POWELL: Chisora was swarming all over Johnson but he did get caught by one sharp counter. The tide, however, was as heavily one direction as the storms hitting England from the Atlantic and Johnson’s only hope was that his tormentor might tire.  10-9


Chisora is told to keep his concentration in the corner and he continues to come forward as we reach the halfway stage. He swings rather wildly at times with his right hand but other than a couple of solid jabs, there is nothing coming back from the American.

JEFF POWELL: Chisora took a breather for spells in the sixth. Still he produced enough flurries to extend his lead yet further. Oddly, although he was on the receiving end, Johnson had yet to sit on his stool between rounds. 10-9


A quiet round until we enter the final minute and Chisora puts Johnson on the canvas with a big right hand. The American recovers and paws his way to the bell, keeping Chisora off - but that's a cracking round for the Brit.

JEFF POWELL: Chisora kept coming but again was warned about hitting Johnson to the back of the neck. But there was nothing wrong with the perfect right which put Johnson down for what he claims to be the first time in his career.  The American rose quite quickly but glanced at O’Connor in some alarm. 10-8


Johnson is at his most effective when he uses his jab as he does at the start of the session but the relentless Chisora continues to come forward and enjoys a good spell as he launches a sustained attack. Johnson complains that several of the punches were hitting the back of the head - rightly so.

JEFF POWELL: Chisora stepped up the pressure with two solid right hooks, followed by a left cross. That set him up for an onslaught but Johnson was able to escape from the corner, while complaining to referee Terry O’Connor about being hit behind the head. 10-9


Chisora is prevented from getting his work off in the third session as Johnson smothers the Brit. He does well to work on the inside though as the visitor remains content to sit back and let his opponent come on to him.  Tyson Fury wasn't able to put Johnson away when they met at the back end of 2012 and Chisora looks set for a similarly long night here.

JEFF POWELL: Chisora resumed on the offensive but Johnson was using all his experience to block or ride the punches. Johnson was tying Chisora up at close quarters but the WBO and WBA intercontinental champion was by far the busier.  10-9


Chisora lands a solid right but Johnson, predictably, takes it well. He lands another midway through the round but the glancing blow does not faze the American. Chisora looks sharp here and even when he finds himself pinned back on the ropes, he bides his time and returns fire with a flicked left.

JEFF POWELL: Chisora had threatened to be the first man to stop Johnson in his long career. But although Del Boy began the second with a succession of big right crosses, the American affected the Mayweather defence of raising his left shoulder to neutralise the attacks. Nevertheless Chisora was the more pro-active and comfortably won the round.  10-9


Chisora will have to be patient tonight, Johnson will be difficult to get to and is unlikely to offer up any gold-plated opportunities for the Brit. The pair spend much of the first round tied up on the inside as Chisora works away to head and body.

JEFF POWELL: The rededicated, more highly trained Chisora and his American opponent both entered the ring in solid shape. Johnson was just two pounds heavier than the 17 stone Londoner but the question was whether he had come fit to fight or, as heavyweight who had never before been stopped, fit to last the distance. Johnson found the range with his jab but Chisora was the busier and more effective at close quarters. 10-9 (Chisora first)


Chisora enters to a Coldplay number as he joins Johnson in the ring wearing his Union Jack gown and mask.

Next up...

It's Dereck Chisora's turn now as he takes on Kevin Johnson. I doubt this one will be anything like as exciting; Johnson might have lost two of his last three fights but he has never been stopped.

This one could take a while.


Tyson Fury confirms he will return on April 12 back at the Copper Box.

He said: 'It felt good. He's going to be crying his heart out in the changing room.
'I bring the action; I was playing some games, he isn't on my level.
'I'm the best heavyweight on the planet.'


Fury puts his man down again but Abell is nothing if not resilient. But the American hits the canvas for a fourth time soon after and this time the referee waves it off.

RESULT: Tyson Fury beats Joey Abell by TKO4

JEFF POWELL: Fury came out looking for the finish and again put his man down with heavy punches. Abell rose again and rocked Fury twice with meaty blows of his own before being sent reeling to the canvas a fourth time.

It was a wild round but it was over as far as the American was concerned. Referee Jeff Hinds waved his arms to signal another roller coaster victory for the most colourful, if not yet the most accomplished challenger on the heavyweight scene.


Controversy as Fury lands low and after the referee had called break. Fury doesn't seem bothered and chats to people in the crowd as Abell recovers - no punishment though. Abell is down! A good jab sets up the right hand and the American struggles but beats the count. He's then put down with another right on the bell but manages to make it to his corner.

JEFF POWELL: Fury picked up the pace and shook Abell with a trademark right. The giant traveller pointed to his right shoulder to emphasise his power but the first time he decked the American it was a low left and he was warned as  the referee was given time to recover.  Two more knock-downs followed, both from left-right combinations. Abell beat the first count and was helped to rise from the second by hearing the bell. 10-7


Tougher round for Fury as he is rocked by a left hand early on and immediately looks to hold on. Abell is warned for using his head but continues to pose problems from his southpaw stance. Fury is at his best when he can keep it long on the jab but faces another flurry from Abell at the end of the session.

JEFF POWELL: An even heftier left hook from the American hurt Fury at the start of the second but he recovered to smile and gesture Abell to come forward. The American obliged, advanced through the jab and connected again. Fury was taking time to settle. 9-10


Fury looks to keep the fight long on is jab, perhaps wary of Abell's power. The American has a quiet round until it enters the final minute when a left hand sends a reminder to Fury that he's in a fight. Fury finishes with a right hand on the bell.

JEFF POWELL: Before the first bell,as he arrived in the ring, Fury went to the opposite corner to threaten Abell. The American was unconcerned and stayed composed. Fury was inevitably less than sharp after his long lay off and although that long jab began to function, Abell landed enough solid left hooks to shade the round. 9-10 (Fury first)

Here we go...

Abell is in the ring and will be joined shortly by Fury.

Hailing from Minnesota, he gave Kubrat Pulev some trouble early on before losing in the fifth round last December.

This fight is over 10 rounds


Fury weighed in at almost 20st yesterday but it's been some week for the heavyweight.

His wife was in hospital, two cars were burned outside his house and he suffered a cut above his eye in sparring.

He will be looking to put the disappointment of his two postponed fights against David Haye behind him with a win tonight.

It's almost time...

Tyson Fury is making his final preparations as he prepares to return to the ring against Joey Abell