Jeff Mayweather: I don’t see much in Tyson Fury; he’s uncoordinated
By Scott Gilfoid: Jeff Mayweather, the trainer for Kevin Johnson (28-2-1, 13 KO’s), isn’t at all impressed with what he’s seen of unbeaten 6’9″ heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (19-0, 14 KO’s), and he doesn’t see what the fuss is about him. Mayweather thinks Fury is just uncoordinated heavyweight who wins on size alone, but who doesn’t have the skills to beat Johnson or the Klitschko brothers.
Mayweather had never seen Fury before until his fighter Johnson was selected to replace Denis Boytsov as the opponent to fight Fury, and he’s really disappointed in Fury’s ability.
Mayweather told the Belfasttelegraph.co.uk “He’s just a big guy that size creates problems but skills? He doesn’t have none. His skills are extremely limited…As long as the Klitschkos have their hands on a belt, Tyson Fury is never going to be world champion.”
Mayweather has a point. He’s expertly seen Fury’s limitations right away, and his main advantage – his size. However, Mayweather sees Johnson’s huge skills advantage as being more than enough to make up for Fury’s six inch height and three inch reach advantage in this fight. Three inches is nothing. That’s no advantage when it comes to reach. Johnson’s incredibly long arms for his height are going to negate almost all of Fury’s size advantage in this fight. Height is nothing if you don’t have the reach, power and skills to go along with it, and Fury doesn’t.
As Mayweather pointed out, Fury has been winning his fights on size alone against limited heavyweights. He’s not faced anyone with any kind of skills, and yet he’s still been hurt against some of the smaller guys that he’s been in with.
Mayweather is going to make sure that Johnson throws enough punches to win this fight, because he recognizes the mistakes that Johnson made in losing to the big 6’7″ WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko three years ago. Johnson got too focused on making Vitali miss with his shots, and he failed to throw enough punches to win the fight. Johnson was just putting emphasis on his defense and forgot to let his offense take charge. Against Fury, Johnson won’t make this mistake, not if Mayweather can help it.