Tyson Fury says his reach would help him against the Klitschko brothers
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten British heavyweight Tyson Fury (11-0, 9 KO’s) seems to be looking way past his next fight against little known Rich Power (12-0, 9 KO’s) this Friday night at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London. Instead of hoping he can get by this guy, the 22-year-old Fury is talking about fighting the Klitschko brothers of all people, saying “I’m a 6’9” inches and have the world’s second longest reach behind Nikolay Valuev. It is a definite advantage and will only help me once I face one of the Klitschkos and finally get a shot at the world title.” Man, the guys is dreaming something fierce.
Finally get a shot at the world title? What in the world is Fury talking about? The dude has had all of 11 fights, all against either B or C level fighters, and he’s talking as if he’s been fighting top level guys or eons and waiting for his big shot against the Klitschko brothers. Fury just went life and death twice with a pudgy John McDermott and was probably fortunate to win the first fight with him in September 2009. I don’t have a clue how Fury, who looked terrible in both of those fights, can think that he deserves to be in the same ring with the Klitschko brothers. He’s not even ranked in the top 15, as far I can tell. Maybe if Fury was to stick it out and beat top British fighters Sam Sexton and/or Derek Chisora he might crack the top 15 and could then get one of the Klitschko brothers to look his way due the potential spectacle of a fight with the 6’7” Fury.
I don’t think his height is really 6’9”, because Fury looks about two inches shorter than his listed height. I don’t think Fury could beat either Sexton or Chisora, and I think those guys are fringe heavyweights and not top 10 guys. For Fury to get a shot at the Klitschkos, he’s going to need to step up his game in a big way real soon because he’s likely to be fighting the winner of the Chisora-Sexton fight next. I would give Fury about a 10% chance of winning that fight based on what I’ve seen of Fury lately. Chisora and Sexton appear to be fighting at a higher level than Fury right now, and I can see Fury getting knocked out by both of those guys.
Fury says “I’m leaving that [him fighting one of the Klitschko brothers] up to my promoters but God willing it will come sooner rather than later. I’ve been knocking on the door for awhile now and I’m ready to explode onto the scene. Be ready, because I’m coming.” I think someone needs to wake him up and revive him quick. Fury has been fighting as a pro for all of two years since 2008, and now he’s saying he’s ready for the Klitschko brothers based off a handful of wins over 2nd and 3rd tier opposition? Well, who knows? If David Haye can talk himself into fights for the heavyweight titles, then I suppose Fury can do the same thing.
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