Tyson Fury, the last unbeaten British heavyweight standing
By Scott Gilfoid: Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KO’s) is the last of the unbeaten heavily hyped British heavyweights, and his unbeaten mark could be going by the wayside very soon once he finally steps it up and faces a quality opponent for the first time in his career. With one highly hyped but limited heavyweight now exposed, Fury has a big target on him and he could be the next British heavyweight to go.
Last weekend we saw the other previously unbeaten UK heavyweight David Price (15-1, 13 KO’s) taste defeat for the first time in his career in getting destroyed in two rounds by American Tony Thompson in Liverpool, England. That leaves just Fury to be the last of the unbeaten Brit heavyweights.
The legendary trainer Emanuel Steward pegged Fury as a future world champion a couple of years ago, but we’ll have to see whether Fury can live up to that when he faces his first real test of his career. I don’t see Fury’s next fight against ex-cruiserweight Steve Cunningham on April 20th as being the step up fight for Fury.
That’s more of a lateral move than a real step because Fury’s promoter has picked out a guy that is basically too small to beat Fury in the 205 pound Cunningham. Where we’ll see if Fury has the goods is when he faces either Kubrat Pulev and/or Tony Thompson in 2013.
Fury says he wants to fight Thompson after the Cunningham fight, but I’ll believe that when I see it because Fury also has talked about wanting to fight Price in the past, and we never saw him actually take the fight. In fact, we saw Fury give up two titles just so he wouldn’t have to face Price.
I honestly believe that Fury will be exposed just like Price was if he steps up and faces Thompson this year. I see Thompson putting Fury down on the canvas, and finishing him off after he gets back up. Fury has already been down against the light hitting Neven Pajkic and hurt in his fights against Dereck Chisora and Nicolai Firtha.
Thompson is a level above those guys, and I see him putting Fury down and keeping him there if that fight gets made.