Tyson Fury’s fight for Deontay Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title has come too soon, according to the British boxer’s friend Dereck Chisora.
The self-described ‘Gypsy King’ faces American Wilder at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on December 1 in what is only Fury’s third fight of his comeback.
Fury, 30, was out of the sport for almost 1,000 days after his shock dethroning of Wladimir Klitzchko as heavyweight champion in November 2015.
His only fights since have resulted in straight-forward victories over two relatively unknown boxers – Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta.
Fury’s showdown with Wilder will prove a much bigger test as the WBC champ has a record of 40-0, ending all but one of his fights inside the twelve rounds.
And Chisora, who has befriended Fury following two British title defeats at his hands, believes Fury may live to regret his decision to step back up to world championship level so quickly.
Chisora told the Daily Mail: “I’m always going to be rooting for the Union Jack but I believe this fight has come too soon and Fury has taken the fight too early.
“He has got his own demons that he has to fight first. He is saying to the people that he’s not fighting those demons anymore and I find that hard to believe.”
Following victory over Klitzchko, Fury has had a well-documented battle with depression and has admitted to alcohol and drug abuse.
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However, Fury insists he has his love for boxing back.
He has also changed coaches, linking with new trainer Ben Davison, who replaces Fury’s uncle Peter.
It has been suggested that Peter masterminded the game plan for the win over Klitzchko, who was unbeaten in 11 years previously.
It is thought Fury would need to take a similar approach to the Wilder bout to stand a chance of winning but Chisora is not convinced Fury will be able to execute that strategy.
Chisora added: “It will be a tricky one.
“If Tyson boxes how he did against Klitzchko he might survive the whole 12 rounds. But when he gets hit by that guy, who hits like a mule, it’s goodnight.”