Fury unimpressed with Klitschko’s win over Jennings
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBO contender Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) saw heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko’s win over Bryant Jennings (19-1, 10 KOs) last Saturday night and he came away unimpressed with what he saw from the 39-year-old Ukrainian.
There was nothing in the performance from the 6’6” Wladimir (64-3, 53 KOs) that has Fury worried. Wladimir won the fight by a 12 round unanimous decision, but he took no chances with Jennings and seemed content with mostly with jabbing rather than throwing power shots. Wladimir treated Jennings like he was a knockout artist despite his history showing that he’s not a big puncher at all.
Fury, 6’9”, will be Wladimir’s next opponent this year unless he changes his mind and decides he doesn’t want to fight the British fighter.
“Let’s see him try that against someone who’s the same size as he is, younger, stronger, fitter, faster and with a knockout punch – Me,” Fury said. “I still haven’t seen anything he does to concern or worry me at all, I’m just supremely confident that I’ll be the man to end his reign on the throne and begin the Fury era.”
The negotiations for the Klitschko fight are expected to start very quickly. Wladimir says he’s going to go on vacation. The fight negotiations need to get done fairly quickly if Wladimir wants to stay active. He wants to get the fight out of the way so that he can move onto other fighters. Deontay Wilder, the WBC heavyweight champion, is one of the guys that Wladimir wants to face. However, if Fury defeats Wladimir, then we could see Wladimir reduced to that of a challenger looking to get a fight against whoever.
I’d like to think that Deontay would throw him a bone by giving him a shot at his WBC title, but that would be up to Deontay’s adviser Al Haymon. My guess is Fury would give Wladimir a rematch, especially if there was a lot of interest from boxing fans in seeing the two face each other again.
If Wladimir fights like he did against Jennings and Kubrat Pulev before that, then I think Fury has a great chance of unseating Wladimir. For Wladimir to beat Fury, who really isn’t a puncher, he’ll have to let his hands go and risk gassing out. Last night, it looked like Wladimir was playing it safe in order to keep from fading in the fight. It worked, but the end result was that Wladimir gave a lot of rounds, and he did not impress the New York crowd at Madison Square Garden. There were boos at times due to Wladimir playing it safe against a guy who wasn’t offering up much in return in terms of offense. It was a fight that Wladimir should have been able to win with ease if he had shown some ambition to go out and stop this guy, or at least put in crowd-pleasing effort.
“Again, Klitschko did what he had to do against Jennings and won,” Said Fury. “It was the same as it always is though, the smaller man trying to get inside Klitschko’s jab with him holding and leaning, although he was slightly more aggressive against Jennings”
The reality is that most of the heavyweights in the division are smaller than Wladimir. There’s not much Wladimir can do about that. I would have liked to have seen Wladimir face someone better than Jennings like maybe Lucas Browne, Chris Arreola, Andy Ruiz, Deontay, or Carlos Takam, but Wladimir hasn’t facing those type of guys. He’s been having it pretty easy for a while in taking mostly softer opposition. When he has stepped up, he’s played it really safe by doing a lot of holding to keep his opponents from getting their shots off.
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