Fury thinks he would be a better opponent for Haye than Harrison
By Sean McDaniel: Unbeaten British heavyweight Tyson Fury (11-0, 9 KO’s) is not impressed with the November 13th heavyweight match-up between World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion David Haye (24-1, 22 KO’s) and former 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist and former EBU heavyweight champion Audley Harrison (27-4, 20 KO’s), saying “I definitely put up better fights than Harrison. I reckon I could beat Audley Harrison, to be honest. But it’s about getting the chance to prove it.” Fury, 22, has a lot to prove still, as he’s struggled recently to beat B level fighter John McDermott.
Fury got the win in both of his fights against McDermott, but he looked little better than him. Say what you want about Harrison being flawed, but he’s clearly a better heavyweight than McDermott. Fury needs to make loads up improvement for his talent level to start matching his inflated self confidence. American boxing fans will get a chance to see Fury in action tonight against the obscure heavyweight Rich Power (12-0, 9 KO’s) at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom. The bout will be shown on Shobox.
Fury needs to look good in that fight if he wants to win over an American audience. He can’t look sloppy and ragged like he did in his 9th round stoppage win over McDermott in June. Fury needs to show better stamina and power. He just looked tired and wild for the most part in that fight until scoring a 9th round TKO.
Fury, no doubt, would like to get a shot against Haye and/or the Klitschko brothers. But unless they pick Fury out of the bunch without him having to actually prove himself against a top tier fighter, it will mean that Fury is going to have to wait awhile before he gets his shot. It may never come if Fury can’t cut it against the top fighters in the heavyweight division. It’s not a good sign that Fury is struggling against the likes of McDermott.
That’s a fight that Fury should have been able to win with ease if he had the talent to mix it up with the Klitschko brothers, Haye or the top tier fighters. Right now, Fury looks like a career B level fighter destined to spend his entire career at that level without making the jump to the upper tier.
Fury still doesn’t like the Haye-Harrison fight, commenting “I think it’s a farce, to be honest. I don’t think Harrison deserves a shot at the world title for winning the Prizefighter tournament and his European title, when his opponent was Michael Sprott, who had lost nearly all his fights abroad when it came to fighting Europeans. I don’t know he can beat Michael Sprott and get a shot at the world title. It’s one of those things. He’s got the opportunity and he’s going to take it with both hands.”
The reason Haye has chosen Harrison to fight is because he’s a former Gold Medal winner in the Olympics and is a popular fighter in the UK. The last time I checked, Fury hadn’t won a Gold medal. It’s a fight that will make both Harrison and Haye a ton of money. Why shouldn’t Harrison get the shot when he’s worth a lot of cash?
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