Tyson Fury: His Place in Boxing History Will Be…?

By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)

Tyson Fury’s place in boxing history is still being written but his trilogy with Deontay Wilder showed that he is the best heavyweight in the world.  He is 31-0-1 with 22 KO’s but the 6’9” fighter is a good boxer, not just for a man his size, but for a heavyweight. 

He defeated Wladimir Klitschko who was the best heavyweight of this century at that time 다운로드. Klitschko, along with his brother Vitali, dominated the heavyweight division from 2004 to 2015 when Fury defeated Wladimir.  The original verdict was that Klitschko’s failure to beat Fury was due to his age 해리포터와 죽음의 성물 2 다운로드. Many felt that Klitschko’s failure to land any punches was simply because he couldn’t pull the trigger; but now we can see that Fury was a pretty good boxer and was able to avoid getting hit 다운로드.

After this big victory, Fury had his own battles with demons including drugs and depression which kept him out of the ring for three years.  His comeback featured victories over Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta before he fought Wilder in their first meeting.  The bout ended in a draw, and while many felt Fury won, it was a close fight and he survived two knockdowns.  Wilder was the favorite and considered the baddest puncher in the division, but Fury was the technically better fighter.  I had the fight even due to two 10-8 rounds in Wilder’s favor, but others had Fury winning by a wider margin 다운로드.

From here Fury moved closer to being the best heavyweight as he defeated Otto Wallin and Tom Schwarz before fighting Wilder again.  In this bout, Fury was more aggressive and dominated the fight, stopping Wilder in the seventh sbs 뉴스.

While there was hope for a Fury-Anthony Joshua fight, this has never come about, and the third Wilder fight was the biggest one left.  This was one of those classic slugfests where both men hurt each other, with Wilder nearly winning back his title in the fourth round. But as Fury demonstrated in their first fight, he could take a punch and survive.

Now the heavyweight division is up for grabs.  Joshua has a second fight with Oleksandr Usyk who took his title, so a Fury-Joshua meeting has to wait.  There are other opponents out there but there is no fight that says “you have to see it” or “we really want to see it”.

Dillion Whyte?  Anthony Ruiz?  Michael Hunter? These are good heavyweights but the real fight that Fury wanted was Joshua, a fellow Brit. This would have been and may yet be a big fight if Joshua wins his titles back.

Which brings us to what is or will be Fury’s place.  He beat the best two fighters in the division when they had championships, but it is not yet enough to make him an all time great.  Sometimes greatness comes as a result of what happens to one’s opponents.  Wilder and Fury have fought three brutal fights with the last being one of the more brutal heavyweight fights in decades.  These fights can shorten careers, in particular for Wilder who took the brunt of the beating over the last two fights.  If Wilder comes back and finishes his career with a flourish, Fury’s victories will look more impressive.

When Mayweather defeated Canelo Alvarez, one never knew how important that victory was as Alvarez was a young fighter against the older veteran.  Mayweather won the fight in an impressive decision at junior middleweight; since then, Alvarez has been one of the best pound for pound fighters with only one draw on his record in that time.  Now Mayweather’s victory looks even more impressive.

Fury’s fate lies in cleaning out the division similar to what other great fighters did.  The Klitschko brothers pretty much beat everyone as did Lennox Lewis who beat his closest rivals; and before that, Muhammed Ali defeated his main opponents, as well. Fury’s place in history is in his own hands and if he cleans out the division, then he might rank as an all time great.  

One thought on “Tyson Fury: His Place in Boxing History Will Be…?

  1. Fury boxes well. I think that we have to wonder how he holds up vs a Frazier, Foreman, Tyson, Louis or boxers like Ali, Holmes, Holy, Lewis. Usyk is impressive at HW which also gives me faith that guys like Marciano, Liston, Charles and Walcott, as well as Johnson can’t be easily dismissed.

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