Froch wants Fury to rough Klitschko up
By Scott Gilfoid: Former super middleweight champion Carl Froch has serious doubts about Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) beating IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) in their fight this Saturday night at the ESPRIT Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Froch believes the 6’6” Klitschko will win a hard fought decision. However, Froch says he’d like to see Fury rough Klitschko up and make him earn his win the hard way by making it tough for him the full 12 rounds.
“I hope Fury really sticks it on him early, roughs him up and makes him work for his [title] defence, because unfortunately David Haye couldn’t do that because he wasn’t big enough,” Froch said via IFL TV. “Every time he got near, Klitschko leaned on him, [Klitschko] won’t be able to do that to Tyson Fury.
I think Froch is dead wrong about Klitschko not being able to lean on Fury in a clinch. Of course, Klitschko will be able to lean on Fury because he’s the stronger man than hi. Fury is big at 6’9”, 255lbs, but he’s not strong for his weight.
When the two of them are wrapped up in a clinch, my money is on Klitschko being the stronger of the two. Fury might weigh in the mid-250s, but when you take off the fat from his hide, he’s more like a 220lb fighter who carries around an extra 30+ pounds of fat.
With the fight taking place in Germany, I don’t think it’s the right place for Fury to try and “rough” Klitschko up like Froch says. Yeah, we saw Froch get away with roughing up Andre Dirrell in their fight in the Super Six tournament years ago, but that fight took place in Froch’s hometown of Nottingham, UK.
Froch got away with a heck of a lot of fouling in that fight with the referee totally asleep at the wheel for the full 12 round contest. But if that fight took place in the U.S., my guess is Froch would have wound up getting penalized left and right for his rabbit punches and especially for the body slam of Dirrell. But if Fury follows Froch’s advice and starts fouling Klitschko, I can see him getting penalized over and over again and eventually disqualified by the referee.
I guess that would save Fury from being knocked out, but he’d still lose the fight. I sure hope Fury doesn’t take fouling as a way out of the fight, because it would be a real shame to see him lose in that manner rather than going out on his shield like he’s been saying he’ll be doing in this fight.
“I give Fury a bit of a chance. Unfortunately I don’t see him winning,” Froch said. “I think Klitschko’s going to nick it on points in what is going to be – for a bit – quite entertaining. Fury’s got the size and is physically strong. I think Klitschko’s going to win on points [though]. I want Fury to win, I really do but I’ve got to go with what I think and be honest. I think Klitschko will keep him at the end of his jab, outbox him, move, and in Germany I’m not going to give Fury a points verdict. I do think it’ll go the distance [though], and I think it’ll be quite close.”
I don’t see this as a close fight at all unfortunately. Klitschko is too powerful, and Fury will be giving him tons of opportunities to land his big power shots in this fight. If Fury tries to fight aggressively like Froch wants him to, then I can see the fight ending quickly with Wladimir nailing him with a hard shot for the 10 count.
With Fury’s questionable chin and Wladimir’s huge power, I can see this fight ending very early on. Even if Fury gets back to his feet, Wladimir will likely finish him with a left hook to the head. I think the referee will do the sensible thing by stepping in to stop the contest when he sees how far gone Fury is. He’s not going to let Fury just get treated like a punching bag if he’s lost his legs completely after Wladimir brains him with one of his huge right hands or left hooks.
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