With a superior reach Fury was happy to control the fight behind his jab after switching to southpaw in the second round and gave Chisora no chance as he comfortably outpointed the Londoner. 

“Which other heavyweight in the world can box southpaw against a world-class fighter like Dereck, a fighter who will give any other heavyweight a tough fight?” Fury said. “I’m very proud of my performance.”

A big show was expected considering the carry on in the lead-up, but the 20,000 capacity crowd had half emptied by the time the two took the ring after midnight and boos replaced cheers as Fury took minimal risks to ensure victory despite his clear dominance. 

In round eight the referee Marcus McDonnell had had enough, telling the pair to “fight or we go home.”

It wasn’t to meander to the end, with Chisora’s camp putting their man out of his misery by withdrawing before the start of the 11th round. 

The win maintains Fury’s undefeated record in 23 professional fights and gives him a best chance to take on the best. 

Wladimir Klitschko is unbeaten in nine years and has made 17 defences of his titles. 

Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessey says the big Ukrainian can’t dodge Fury now. 

“Tyson’s mandatory now for the heavyweight world title,” he said. “Wladimir Klitschko’s being allowed one more fight in March or April, then it’ll be purse bids, then the fight’s on. It’ll be June to September. The big fight is on, and Klitschko has to just take it and not swerve it.”