Fury to have egg in his face if he loses to Cunningham
(Photo Credits: Wojtek Kubik Photography) By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten British heavyweight Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KO’s) is perhaps the biggest trash talker in the heavyweight division right now, having taken over that title from the inactive David Haye. Despite all the trash talking that the light hitting 6’9” Fury does, he still hasn’t faced any quality heavyweights during his career for some reason.
On April 20th, Fury will be fighting a much smaller heavyweight in fringe contender Steve Cunningham (25-5, 12 KO’s) Madison Square Garden Theater, in New York, New York, USA. Instead of being a good visitor to the U.S, Fury decided to trash talk Cunningham something fierce in their press conference yesterday, saying “You’re a small man, you’re chinny, you’re getting knocked out. You’ve been put down in early every fight you’ve had.”
What this is leading to is Fury putting his neck on the line to where he’s going to look really, really bad if he doesn’t get past the 6’2”, 205 pound Cunningham on April 20th, because Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessy specifically picked out the smaller and lighter Cunningham for Fury to fight instead of a big slugger like Deontay Wilder.
They could have had the 6’7” Wilder, who volunteered for the fight and would have likely received the blessing from his promoters at Golden Boy Promotions. Wilder is only two inches shorter than the 6’9” Fury, but he’s much bigger puncher. Can you imagine what would happen to Fury once Wilder clocked him with a big right hand?
If guys like Dereck Chisora, Neven Pajkic and Nicolai Firtha were able to hurt Fury, just picture what the one-punch knockout artist Wilder would have done with him. My point is Fury’s team could have chosen Wilder, and instead they picked out a small guy in Cunningham to fight.
Instead of going light on him given the fact that the guy is too small for the division, Fury is talking as if Cunningham is a big deal in this weight class. He’s not. He’s just a small guy that moved up from cruiserweight to try and maybe get a shot against one of the champions, and maybe get lucky.
But Fury is in a situation where if he loses to this guy or looks horrible like he did against Firtha, Pajkic and John McDermott, then Fury’s stock will plummet. He’ll be like fellow Brit David Price, who was heavily hyped in a major way until he was knocked out in the 2nd round recently.