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Steward: Tyson Fury is the #1 heavyweight contender

Tyson FuryBy William Mackay: Trainer Emanuel Steward is really high on undefeated heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (17-0, 12 KO’s), seeing him as the number #1 contender in the heavyweight division. Steward sees Fury as taking on one of the Klitschkos next year after Fury picks up the Irish heavyweight title this Saturday night against Martin Rogan and then the European heavyweight title.

As far as Fury being the best contender in the heavyweight division, I don’t agree. I think David Price, Robert Helenius and possibly Denis Boytsov are better contenders among active fighters. If David Haye came back, he’d be above all of those guys.

Steward said to the Mirror Sport “Tyson Fury is the biggest contender out of any of the fighters out there at the moment…Fury has decided to go to the European route so I don’t think he is an option at present, but he is a big star and can have a big career.”

Steward went on to say that he is hoping that Fury will face David Price soon. He would have preferred that Fury face Price on Saturday instead of Rogan. Steward says he likes Price, and hopes that Fury and Price can fight next. However, that’s probably not going to happen unless Steward can get with Fury and his promoter to try and convince both of them the logic in facing Price. It just looks like Fury is taking the easy path to a heavyweight title rather than taking on Price, beating and getting a bigger payday against one of the Klitschkos.

If Fury continues to face guys like Rogan and the other lesser heavyweights Fury has been fighting lately, it’ll keep Fury from winning a lot of fans because few boxing fans will be excited at seeing Fury beat up on older fighters like 40-year-old Rogan and whoever else Fury digs up after the Rogan fight.

Steward sees Rogan as having a lot of problems against Fury on Saturday. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that, however. Rogan would have huge problems if he was facing Sam Sexton. It doesn’t even need to be Fury for Rogan to be troubled. He’s an aging fighter that is taking on a world class fighter in Fury. Of course Rogan is going to have problems. But the question is why is Fury facing a fighter like Rogan in the first place? Fury recently beat Dereck Chisora last year, and now he’s going backwards with the fight against Rogan to pick up a belt that few boxing fans care about. I’m sure the Irish boxing fans care about it, but there’s a lot of fans that don’t get impressed by all the overflow of paper titles being shopped around. There’s too many of them and they mean pretty much nothing.

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