FightPost Boxer of the Week: Tyson Fury
By Michael Richards
The King returns to his throne
The weekend that was, saw plenty of highs and lows, with a new world light heavyweight champion in the way of Oleksandr Gvozdyk, crowned along the way. It was in this fight that former champion Adonis Stevenson was stretched from the ring and has sadly been in an induced coma ever since. A horrific end, to one of the longest-serving world title reigns of this era.
The eyes of the world however, were firmly fixed on Los Angeles, as Deontay Wilder took on Tyson Fury. The build up to the fight was somewhat pantomime-esque, with both men not averse to getting in the others face at every available opportunity, resulting in some comedic pushing and shoving along the way. All part of your standard fight build up in the current age and was sure to grab people’s attention before they went into battle.
From a personal perspective, I had my reservations over whether Tyson Fury would ever be able to return to the elite level after so many dormant years, blighted by serious mental health issues. His two fights since his return did little to raise expectations that he could dethrone ‘The Bronze Bomber’. How wrong I and many others were.
Regardless of the result on Saturday, Fury had achieved his greatest victory in life by being back in boxing, let alone dining at the top table of the heavyweight division, but Saturday played out like a scene from a Hollywood film.
The fight began with Fury controlling the distance with his jab and in turn bamboozled Wilder, who found it difficult to pin down the ‘Gypsy King’ to allow him to throw his famous right hand. Fury’s movement was as light and quick as it was three years previously against Wladimir Klitschko. It’s fair to say Fury won at least five of the opening six rounds, despite what a certain Mexican judge thought.
The unorthodox shots that Wilder usually throws, weren’t evident. The superior boxing skills of Fury were clear for all to see. It wasn’t until round nine when Wilder clipped an off-balance Fury, that the path of the fight appeared to change. A right hand landed on the side of Fury’s head, as he was attempting to evade Wilder’s advances, dropping him to the canvas. It was little more than a momentary slip, but gave Wilder a foothold in the fight.
The knockdown didn’t appear to distract Fury from his task, with him back in control in the preceding rounds, back behind the jab and frustrating and confusing the American once again. Disaster struck in the final round, when Wilder landed and properly for the first time in the fight. A right hand knocked Fury off-balance and on his way down a left hook sent from Alabama flattened him and appeared to end his challenge. As the count continued and reached six, Fury amazingly rose to his feet, after what can only be described as divine intervention brought him around. Wilder’s face told the story, with complete shock drowning his previously joyous expression.
Fury managed to see the fight out, which was testament not only to his own self belief, but also to the journey he had travelled to get to this point and his determination to prove the world wrong. The judges scorecards didn’t do justice to the lineal champions success, however the world knows who won the fight. Fury proved not only that he deserves to be back challenging for world titles, but also that no matter how life gets you, there is always hope for redemption and recovery. Tyson Fury I salute you. I am one man you have proven very wrong.