Tyson Fury To Be Kept Busy In 2009
By Nate Anderson: The heavyweight division’s newest start is looking to get ahead in 2009 and wanting to move quickly with his budding pro career. At 6’8″ 250 pounds, Fury has the power of a young George Foreman and the movement of Wladimir Klitschko earlier in his career. Last week, Fury, 20, stopped German Marcel Zeller in a 3rd round TKO. Showing power, combinations and a punch variety that is seldom seen nowadays in the heavyweight division, Fury hurt Zeller with big shots to the body and head throughout the bout culminating with a blur of punches in the 3rd causing the fight to be stopped by the referee.
For Fury, this was his second impressive outing after easily taking out Bela Gyongyosi in the 1st round with a series of huge body shots in December. And though Gyongyosi wasn’t the type of opponent to get too excited about, it was the manner in which Fury defeated him.
The form that Fury used to attack Gyongyosi, as well as Zeller, was very impressive and showed that Fury may be a heavyweight to be reckoned with in the future once he picks up more experience and works more on his shape and conditioning. Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessy is rightfully excited about his potential, saying “Tyson proved at the weekend that he’s ready and willing to take on all comers right now.”
Hennessy goes on to say that he’s had to hold Fury back because he wants to move way ahead of the slow pace of his progress, and would want to fight much better fighters – even the Klitschko brothers – if given the chance at this early stage of his career.
Hennessy, however, isn’t going to make the mistake of rushing him too fast against opposition that is too advanced for him, knowing that could cause big problems for him. Fury expects to fight again on February 28th, then on March 14th, depending on how things go in his next fight.
With only two fights, Fury is already more talked about than many established veterans in the heavyweight division. Some would say that his given name “Tyson” has something to do with that, but that only partly explains it. His size, knockout power and tenacity is what seems to be the main reason for his popularity, because in his two fights since turning pro, he’s shown a lot of skills along with his huge size and brute strength.
Fury isn’t just a big fighter but one that has had a lot of early training as amateur and shows more skills than many of the top heavyweights in the division. The scary part of it is that he’s still only 20-years-old and has a lot of time to improve as a fighter in the future. With a goal of winning the British heavyweight title this year, Fury has shown that he doesn’t plan on waiting a long time before making his move against the better fighters.
“Obviously it’s early days yet but I believe British boxing has unearthed a new star in Tyson and it’s only a matter of time before the name Tyson will once again be the talk of the boxing world,” said Hennessy.
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