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Fury vs. Garcia on Pascal-Hopkins undercard on 12/18

Bernard Hopkins Jean Pascal Tyson FuryBy Sean McDaniel: Undefeated Tyson Fury (12-0, 9 KO’s) faces 40-year-old Israel Carlos Garcia (20-3, 11 KO’s) in a scheduled eight round bout on the undercard of the Bernard Hopkins vs. WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal bout on December 18th at the Pepsi Coliseum, in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Fury, 22, recently trained with Emanuel Steward, the ex-trainer for Lennox Lewis and the current trainer of IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

Steward is good at working with big fighters and the 6’7″ Fury would be perfect for him. Fury is coming off a lopsided eight round decision over Rich Power in September in a fight that was shown in the United States. The Garcia bout will be another opportunity for Fury to be seen by Americans and Canadians.

Garcia shouldn’t be any problem for Fury, as the 40-year-old has lost two out of his last three bouts. He was stopped in the 2nd round by Denis Boytsov in February last year and was taken out by Chris Arreola in the 3rd round in September 2008. It will be interesting to see if Fury can stop Garcia in similar fashion. It should be a good gauge of how Fury compares to those two heavyweights.

Fury looked sloppy in his fight with Power, and didn’t show much in terms of big power. He fought Power at close range throwing a lot of punches but not looking particularly powerful. Fury failed to use his jab as often as he should have, but may have been more focused on trying to look good by taking Power out. Power was able to survive just barely but looked both hurt and exhausted in the fight. Fury clearly has a long ways to go before he makes it to world level. Right now, Fury would have his hands full against fellow British heavyweights Derek Chisora, David Price, Audley Harrison, Sam Sexton and Tom Dallas.


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