BoxNation's Alex Steedman previews Saturday's heavyweight showdown.
Fury is big in every way with an attitude and a repartee to match his size but behind the rants and the raving, the Batman costumes and the Elvis impersonations, this big ‘clown’ can fight. I’ve seen Tyson up close from ringside having watched and interviewed him for his last three fights; Fury is way better than he looks on TV but is he good enough to topple Klitschko?
The Big Ukrainian casts something of a shadow over the heavyweight division with his jab and grab, fan-friendless style but he’s been king pin in the land of giants for more than a decade. Klitschko hasn’t lost since 2004; in truth he’s not come close to losing in 22 fights since that Lamon Brewster calamity with 17 knockouts along the way. The left hook that accounted for Kubrat Pulev last November has been added to a mini toolbox stocking an excellent jab and a thundering right hand. Besides some useful grappling moves, Klitschko doesn’t need much else to get the job done and may not against Fury either.
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Unless of course Fury can drag Klitschko into a proper war, which is exactly what the challenger has promised in a lively, unpredictable and entertaining build up. Fury has eight KO’s from his last 9 fights but he’s not a big puncher like Klitschko. The solid pounding he gave Dereck Chisora last November is more representative of Fury as a boxer where accumulation is his damage. Klitschko won’t be waiting around to find out about that though.
It was the late Manny Steward who transformed Klitschko’s career as well as his style after his latest setback 11 years ago and apparently had Wladimir working for hours in the gym simply shuffling his feet backwards and forward. It is that footwork which makes Klitschko so hard to hit and if David Haye, admittedly much smaller than Fury, couldn’t land significant punches on Klitschko it has to be a major doubt if Fury can do so himself.
The pattern of the fight and method of victory depends upon Fury who could turn this into a borefest reminiscent of the Haye encounter in Hamburg if he wanted to. It may be the early rounds are cagey enough in that regard but if Tyson decides to make it a fight that will surely play into Klitschko’s hands. Either way, Wladimir is better in most departments and while Fury’s size, movement and attitude make this an intriguing Pay-Per-View event, Klitschko holds all the aces. Wlad wants the knockout too and if Fury put his method where his mouth has been then Klitschko might just get what he’s after.