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Tyson Fury to start training camp next week

Tyson Fury Wladimir Klitschko

By Scott Gilfoid: Tyson Fury says he plans on restarting training camp next week for his rematch against former world champion Wladimir Klitschko on October 29. The fight is supposed to be taking place at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) suffered an ankle injury while training for his previously scheduled fight against Wladimir on July 9.

Fury, 28, apparently has finished licking his wounds from his ankle injury and is ready to restart the camp. Some boxing fans think that Fury’s injury was a way for him to give him more time to lose some of the tonnage that he’d put on after beating Wladimir last November.

Whatever the case, Fury is restarting training camp this week, and he looks considerably thinner than he did when he first started his last training camp. You no longer can see Fury’s double-chin that he was sporting, and his jowls around his face don’t look puffy with fat like they were before he started his previous training camp.

A lot of boxing fans believe that the 6’9” Fury is little more than a one-hit wonder, whose 15 minutes of fame is about to evaporate once he gets inside the ring with the 40-year-old Wladimir on October 29. Fury has been compared to Buster Douglas, a former heavyweight world champion who beat IBF/WBA/WBC champion Mike Tyson many years ago in February 1990, and then lost his titles in his first defense against Evander Holyfield in October 1990 in losing by a 3rd round knockout. Douglas came into the Holyfield fight 15 pounds heavier than he was in the Tyson match. Douglas’ career was never the same after that.

At this point, I think it’s likely that Fury will burn off the remaining blubber that he has on his frame to get down to the same weight that he was for his previous fight against the 6’6” Ukrainian heavyweight. I don’t think it’s going to matter though. Wladimir appears to mean business this time around, and I think he’s going to be looking to take Fury’s head off when he gets inside the ring with him on October 29.

Their fight last November was one of the most boring heavyweight contests I’ve ever seen before, as neither guy did anything. Fury tried to do get his offense in gear, but he found Wladimir impossible to hit. About the only thing that Fury could do in the fight was scratch the air with his left hand and slap with his right. Wladimir looked clueless once he realized that he wouldn’t be able to depend on his jab to do everything for him.

Once Fury took away Wladimir’s jab, the fight was lost for the champion. He wasn’t willing to throw his right hand because he appeared afraid of being countered by Fury. Wladimir couldn’t throw his left hooks, because Fury was leaning backwards all the time, making it nearly impossible for him to land that punch with any accuracy.

A young Wladimir would have deduced immediately that he needed to throw right hands with full force over and over again, but he wasn’t willing to do that. As such, Wladimir lost his titles for lack of effort on his part. If it had been the devastating knockout artist Deontay Wilder, he would have made easy work of Fury by throwing right hands all night long, or at least until Fury dropped for the 10 count. Wladimir didn’t want to do it. However, Wladimir now seems to have gotten his mind right, and he’s ready to throw right hands nonstop for 12 rounds against Fury. All I can say is I’m glad I’m not Fury.

“It’s time for the lion to show the hyena and leopards who the King of the jungle is,#kingisback,” said Fury on his Twitter.

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