Tyson Fury - Future Heavyweight Champ?
Martin Theobald
23
June
2015

When Tyson Fury heard the bell after Christian Hammer quit on his stool at the end of the 8th round in February, the crowd were eager in anticipation.  What clownery would Tyson pull off this time - a singsong, a long speech?  Nothing.  He did a quick interview and headed for the changing rooms.  Similar in fact to when he pummelled the face of Dereck Chisora in November of the previous year.


This is a different Tyson Fury now than the one who got off the floor to beat Steve Cunningham.  Gone are the in ring antics.  Gone are the singalongs post fight.  In comes a more disciplined heavyweight.  A switch-hitter, equally comfortable in southpaw or orthodox.  The body may still lack the definition of an Anthony Joshua, but the ring smarts have got a six pack of their own.  


When Fury got floored by Steve Cunningham in Madison Square Garden, he was there without the guidance of his trainer Peter Fury.  It was obvious in the fight that he missed the guidance that Peter brings.  The same guidance that is bringing along Tyson's cousin Hughie so well.  With Peter in his corner, and his dad recently released from prison, Tyson is a different prospect.  Still only 26, and with 24 wins on his record, some say that Tyson has been guided carefully around the heavyweight division.  


This writer however has to confess something.  When I first introduced my now wife to my parents, it was when sat watching Fury Chisora in their first encounter.  Channel 5 did a good job of building up the background of both fighters.  Something appealed to me at the time of the almost cartoonish nature of Fury - it sticks in my mind when he held Chisora and waved to his mates in the crowd.  Later in his career when facing Kevin Johnson, Channel 5 had the two fighters around a piano, serenading each other.  Slightly different to the setup that Fury played out with David Haye - more disdain than friendship.  The untimely withdrawal twice from Haye left a bad taste in the mouth of Fury and fans alike.  


Now Fury is left in the position that he is mandatory with two governing bodies to fight Wladimir Klitschko, the king of the Heavyweight division.  It is a fight Fury has called out for many times in the past.  It is well documented that Klitschko took Fury to his training camp but never sparred him - whether that is a sign of fear is left to debate.  What is clear is that Fury will be a different proposition to almost any fighter Wladimir has been in with before.  At six foot nine, he matches the Ukranian for height.  Fury's strength has yet to be matched in the ring.  His heart, as told in his travelling background, has been displayed on the times he has risen from the canvas to finish his opponents.  


September 2015 is the date that is proposed for the fight.  England or Germany are both possibilities for the fight - expect the Ukranian to exploit 'home' advantage and get it in his adopted homeland of Germany.  


Tyson has been vocal in calling out the divisions other champion, the brash Deontay Wilder.  Don't expect Wilder to accept that challenge any time soon.  Being an Al Haymon fighter, the chances of him taking on a legitimate challenger within the first 3 defences is minimal (especially given the issues caused by the unheralded Molina).  With his own mandatory challenger Povetkin looming on the horizon, don't be too surprised to see the belt vacated rather than risk a loss.  


If Tyson overcomes Wlad in the Autumn, we could see the last of the big Ukranian.  He would have had a great run with the belt - the start of his career he looked flawed and was criticised as being 'chinny', but went on to dominate.  Tyson Fury may be treading a similar path.

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