The new champion maintained that Klitschko had fought smaller fighters who knew what it was like to lose. And Fury's size did in fact seem to trouble Klitschko, a fighter who had depended for years on maintaining a distance and using his reach to tame opponents, before dropping the hammer. With that distance cut down to nothing, Klitschko was not able to operate in his typical one-way fashion.
He found himself in Fury's wheelhouse and was forced to assume a more-defensive posture. The conditions for a Klitschko loss were ripe in the first bout. Klitschko had not merely gone since without losing, but he had barely been challenged. We're talking about barely being hit. It's natural that a certain amount of complacency would set in.
Great fighters are tempered in the fires of great battles and Klitschko bypassed that part of the game. Klitschko's fights can be separated into two categories—fights he dominates in boring fashion and fights that turn into actual battles of will, which he invariably loses.
He's either dominating or losing. He has never really emerged victorious in a battle of wills or even won a close fight—unusual for a longtime champion with nearly 70 fights. Those who feel Klitschko's loss will have a positive affect on him might be onto something. It could have a focusing affect on him. And for whatever it's worth, his wife was hospitalized for some mental issues just prior to his fight, which probably didn't help his focus. The light at the end of the tunnel is now in plain vision for Klitschko and it could have an energizing affect on the old champion.
This fight is in Fury's hometown. In addition, Fury is obviously the future, while we could be looking at Klitschko's last fight. The boxing machine works in shady and sometimes predictable ways. You get the feeling that the boxing world as a whole has had their fill of the Klitschko era. It reminds one of Larry Holmes losing two hairline decisions to Michael Spinks in where you got the feeling the boxing world just wanted to move on to something else. If this fight is close, it might be hard for the ex-champ to get the nod.
Why would anyone go out of their way to re-crown a man who might have been the dullest of all heavyweight champions? There were some troubling quotes from Fury over the months while this fight negotiation dragged on and on. It was mostly to the effect that he already climbed the mountaintop and had nothing more to prove. That could all be theatrics, but that better not be the case.
To become a dominant champion and a potential great, the real work begins now. If Fury even subconsciously lets up now that he's risen to the top, his stay at the top will be brief. Say what you will about Klitschko, but being able to reign for a decade speaks volumes about his ambition and ability to stay hungry. Is there a chance that he wants this more? Maybe the extra time off afforded Fury a chance to get in proper shape, being that he appeared to over-celebrate his newfound status.
Klitschko may not have overcome much adversity in the ring during his nearlyyear career. But he has overcome adversity, most notably by altering his style to maximize his upside after suffering three KO losses. He went from a fighter on the endangered species list to a champion who reigned for a decade. That takes a certain ability to re-invent oneself, to make adjustments, and try again.
Personally, it would be nice to start the post-Klitschko era now with a clean slate. And it might be hard for Klitschko to win a rematch in this environment. But in a fight with the odds being even, it's hard to neglect the fact that Klitschko is the more massive talent.
He might not be as good a fighter as Fury, as it pertains to two-way action. But I suspect that Fury will incur the full wrath of Klitschko's offense in this fight. I'm going with the old lion.
There have been fighters with to 1 odds on their heads against Klitschko. Fury was a lot more modest at 4 to 1, but in the grand scheme of things, most assumed that Klitschko was going to hand his adversary his first loss in his career, most likely by knockout. Now though, Klitschko is in some serious trouble. Fury is the favorite, and we recognize the fact that this fight really could go either way after the challenger took a unanimous decision with a maximum of five points separating the fighters on all three of the cards.
Is he a little bit overrated here? But the overlay from when he was a favorite in his first fight against Fury is just too much to pass on. Give us Dr. Steelhammer to retain in what might be his final fight. There were a group of people in there, and it came down to me and Wlad in there. I've had 12 or 13 fights at the time. I was mentally in a competition with him. He can say what he wants.
I was prepared to die in that sauna. I stayed in for 40 minutes. Should champion Klitschko win, then there is surely only one challenge left for the Ukrainian: Unification. Only the WBC title doesn't belong to the year-old and if he fires past Fury then surely a war with Deontay Wilder 34 KOs will be in his future - assuming a deal can be struck. Fury meanwhile has albeit tongue-in-cheek mentioned walking away if he claims victory. What's more likely - should he lose - could be a long-awaited clash with the returning David Haye.
If he does emerge victorious however, the clamour for a battle of Britain against Anthony Joshua will undoubtedly be massive. Whatever happens, another who will be keenly keeping an eye on events is Russia's Alexander Povetkin. Klitschko: "I think this will be one of the hardest fights of my career. This time the opponent will be taller, heavier, with very long arms, and he is also younger and has great ambitions. Fans will certainly not be bored. Lennox Lewis: "I don't see where Tyson Fury has boxed anybody of Wladimir's calibre to be able to get in the ring with Wladimir and do well.
Evander Holyfield: "It's a very interesting fight because this is the first time Klitschko is fighting someone as big as him and with longer arms. He will have to be a little bit more aggressive, otherwise the younger guy will have more speed and more energy and I think that may be the difference.
But if he uses his speed and reach it will be a great chance for him to win. Joe Calzaghe: "Fury is big and Klitschko's not used to fighting someone his size. If Fury can stop Klitschko grabbing and avoid that big right hand, he's got a chance. In the heavyweight division, it only takes one punch. Sign up When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights.
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These two men couldn't be much more different from a personality standpoint. Fury is young, loud, arrogant and brash while Klitschko is 12 years older, reserved and takes a much more business-like approach to boxing. Klitschko has the edge as a better technical boxer, but anytime two big heavyweights enter the ring, the fight can end in one punch either way.
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Tyson certainly has a lot on his side. His height and reach are enough to comfortably land head-shots on Wlad without having to lean forward and take any unnecessary risks. Tyson may have the speed but as the contender he will have to chase and bring the fight to him, he has to go all in. No matter how quick Fury is given his weight I can see him trying too hard to pickup points and being caught out on the counter by Wlad. Bet on the Go was built by real pro gamblers for gamblers.
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