Lewis gives Tyson Fury no chance of beating Wladimir Klitschko
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBO Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) will be getting a world title shot later this year against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) later this year by the virtue of Fury winning the WBO heavyweight eliminator bout against domestic level fighter Dereck Chisora last year in November, but Fury is likely to be in well over his head when he gets inside the ring with the arguably more talented Wladimir.
That’s what former heavyweight world champion Lennox Lewis believes. He thinks that Fury has faced no one during his brief seven-year pro career that is remotely as big or as talented as what he’ll be seeing in the ring when he faces the 6’6”, hard-punching Wladimir later this year.
Lewis thinks that Fury should have already fought a tall heavyweight with talent in order to get himself ready for what he’ll have to endure in the ring against Wladimir.
“No, I don’t,” Lewis said when asked by the Dailymail.co.uk if Fury stood a chance against Wladimir. “I don’t see where Tyson Fury has boxed anybody of Wladimir’s caliber to be able to get in the ring with Wladimir and do well. You need to at least have a fight against that tall and that good,” Lewis said.
I have to agree with Lewis on this. I think Fury is up the creek without a paddle in his fight against Wladimir. Fury should have done his homework and faced someone with likewise talent and size like Deontay Wilder first before fighting someone like Wladimir. Fury has kind of taken a stupid approach to the fight. Instead of fighting a big heavyweight with talent, Fury has beaten smaller heavyweights with marginal talent in 6’2” Chisora, Christian Hammer, Martin Rogan, Joey Abell, Steve Cunningham, Vinny Maddalone and Kevin Johnson in his last seven fights. I mean, those are incredibly weak heavyweights in terms of talent, and they’re clearly not good enough to have gotten Fury ready for a fight against Wladimir.
Those are the type of heavyweights that would get Fury maybe ready for a fight against someone like Chris Arreola, Carlos Takam, Artur Szpilka, Andrey Fedosov, David Price, Dominic Breazeale or Charles Martin. That’s about it. I don’t think Fury has taken on the right guys to get himself ready for the Wladimir fight, and we could see Fury pay the price by getting knocked out cold by Wladimir. Fury’s opposition are guys that you would pick out at the very start of your career before you start facing the actual contenders in the division. These aren’t the type of fighters you want to take to get you a world title fight against a talent like Wladimir.
I hate to say it but I think Fury is going to get brutally knocked out and humiliated by Wladimir. After that happens, I guess Fury will look to try and get a world title fight against WBC champion Deontay Wilder. That’s probably not going to happen though. Wilder isn’t going to want to waste his time on Wladimir’s leftovers and make himself look bad in the process. No, Fury is going to have to start all over from scratch by going back to the Martin Rogans of the heavyweight division and slowly build himself back to the top. I just hope this time he does less talking and more fighting. I mean, Fury needs to shut his trap and start fighting the decent contenders in the division like Kubrat Pulev, Lucas Browne, Bryant Jennings, Alexander Povetkin and Eric Molina so that he can learn some things and be ready for the next time he’s given a world title shot, if there is a next time. Fury was given a world title shot against Wladimir on a silver platter this time around without him having to beat anyone good. The next time I’d like to think that Fury will try and prove himself before he gets a title shot.
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