Fury: The Klitschkos are bad for boxing
By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated British heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KO’s) seems to be a little upset that the Klitschko brothers are totally ignoring him, and not giving him a shot at their titles. Fury feels that Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko should have let him get a title shot by now and he thinks they’re both avoiding him.
Fury, #4 WBC, #6 WBO, #9 IBF, hasn’t exactly been making it tough on the Klitschkos to avoid him because he’s been facing nothing but older heavyweights rather than guys that are young and have the potential to beat him.
Fury said to Sky Sports “I’m going to snatch that WBC title… I’m ready to go – why not let me fight next? I don’t like either Klitschko, they’re bad for everything to do with boxing. As soon as I get hold of them and rid the sport of them the better…Wladimir is a disaster waiting to happen…Now Emanuel’s gone he’s got no proper advice in his ear.”
Fury seems a little tad annoyed. You can almost sense his anger coming out of him.
It almost sounds like Fury is begging for a fight, doesn’t it? Why should Vitali bother to let Fury skip in line in front of more established heavyweights like Chris Arreola and Bermane Stiverne if Fury is only interested in fighting the likes of Martin Rogan, 41, Vinny Maddalone, 36, and Kevin Johnson.
It looks like Fury has changed his focus from Vitali to Wladimir with his comments. Mentioning Emanuel Steward is going below the belt, and that’s not going to endear Fury to Wladimir and it’s not going to get Fury the fight.
If he wants a title shot, then Fury is going to have to work his way to a title shot like normal fighters. Fury isn’t going to yap his way to a title shot because he doesn’t have the fan base large enough to make it worthwhile for Wladimir to fight him. The problem I see with Fury is he lacks excitement when he fights. Instead of knocking guys out, he slaps them for 12 rounds, and that’s really boring.
How can you win over boxing fans if you lack power and just run around the ring clowning for 12 rounds? The other problem, as I already mentioned, is Fury’s god awful opposition he’s been facing. If Fury would put a fire under his promoter Mick Hennessy’s backside to start putting him in with decent quality opposition then maybe Wladimir would pay attention to him, but that’s just not happening.
It looks like Fury’s habit of facing soft competition will continue into his next fight because he’s rumored to be facing 205 pound, 36-year-old former IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham in April rather than a big heavyweight with the potential to beat him. Cunningham is coming off of a 12 round decision loss against former cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek in his last fight.
This is the problem you have with Fury. He’s just not fighting the quality guys that would get Wladimir’s attention and win him new boxing fans.