Mike Tyson, Joe Frazier, Muhammed Ali, Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, just some of the previous title holders and hall of famers to hold the belt, and now we have the self proclaimed “Gypsy King” Tyson Fury to be crowned the heavyweight champion of the world, a man who dressed up as Batman during a press conference….
Firstly I don’t want to take anything away from Tyson Fury’s joke win, I am a proud Brit and I think it’s great that we have a new heavyweight champion, but before we start calling for a knighthood and putting him on a pedestal alongside genuine Hall Of Famers, let’s just take a step back and look at some facts..
Tyson Fury hasn’t had the most decorated professional career to date, his biggest fight before having a shot at the title was with Derek Chisora in which he was booed loudly as despite all the pre-match hype Fury is now famous for, he put on a below than par performance. This is the same Derek Chisora that was knocked out by David Haye within 5 rounds might I add.
The fact that Fury even had a title shot shows just what a state the division is currently in, there is no better opponent for Klitschko than Tyson Fury? A guy who has fought some of the greatest names in boxing such as; Martin Rogan? or the impenetrable John Mcdermott? ….Who?
As I say, I am happy he won, the division needs some young blood with a bit of personality, but let’s be honest – if he was fighting Klitschko when he wasn’t eating Wethers Originals, or in-fact any of the previous holders of the belts, it is unlikely he would have lasted more than a couple of rounds? I appreciate boxers have to be arrogant in the build up, but I feel he is simply embarrassing a division that has played host to some of the greatest fights in history by calling himself “The Modern Day Muhammed Ali” – come on, pipe-down kiddo..
I think Tyson has been very lucky to get the fight against Klitschko, and he should enjoy the victory whilst it lasts, but come the rematch which is written into the contract or even the re-appearance of David Haye who will be looking for a payday following some bad business decisions, I can help but think his reign will come to quick end and will always be remembered as the “one-hit wonder” of boxing…