This Thanksgiving weekend, boxing fans will be thankful that they have a full slate of title fights. Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury headline the action in the heavyweight division, as we’ll preview the big men this week’s Around the Ring.
Wladimir Klitschko vs. Tyson Fury
|Name:||Wladimir Klitschko||Tyson Fury|
|Record:||64-3, 53 KOs||24-0, 18 KOs|
|Weight:||~ 245 lbs||~ 255-260 lbs|
|Hometown:||Kiev, Ukraine||Manchester, England|
The much anticipated, highly promoted and already delayed showdown between heavyweight stalwart Wladimir Klitschko and undefeated British contender Tyson Fury will finally take place this Saturday, Nov. 28 from the Esprit Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) will once again be putting the WBA, WBO, IBF and lineal heavyweight titles on the line against the 27-year-old Fury.
The build-up for this fight has been a wild one to say the least. When Fury is involved, you obviously know that the trash talk and mind games are to be expected. Even with the caliber and pedigree of Klitschko, Fury hasn’t held back one bit.
“I hope Wlad’s trained hard. I don’t want to scare him off like last time, Fury said to BoxingNews24. “If I say stuff at the press conferences, then we don’t have any fights. I’ll wind it in. I didn’t believe this fight was going to happen.”
Fury has been calling out the champ for some time and the fight was finally made earlier this year. The fight was originally scheduled to take place Oct. 24, but was postponed due to a calf injury by Klitschko.
“It’s not the first time a fight had to be postponed,” Klitschko said to BoxingNews24. “I had a short break but now I’m back on top and ready to fight.”
The 39-year-old Ukrainian is currently riding a 22-fight unbeaten streak, since his last defeat at the hands of Lamon Brewster in 2004, and will be looking to extend his nine-year reign as a titleholder — second only to Joe Louis’s record of 11 years.
Klitschko made his last appearance in the ring with a unanimous decision victory over Bryant Jennings in April.
The 6-foot-6 Klitschko will actually be the shorter fighter in a twist, as Fury holds a three-inch advantage at 6-foot-9.
Fury has been able to walk-the-walk to back-up all the talk, to the tune of an undefeated career thus far. Despite being the underdog in this potential career defining fight, Fury’s confidence hasn’t faded one bit. .
“I think this is going to be one of my easiest fights,” Fury said. “I know that sounds crazy because he’s a super champion but I see so many chinks in his armour. There’s nothing he does that worries me. I’m attracted to him in every way. There are so many things he doesn’t do very well and we’ll see what I’m talking about on Saturday night.”
Fury comes into the fight with four stoppages in a row, over Christian Hammer, Dereck Chisora, Joey Abell and Steve Cunningham.
The two fighters are polar opposites outside of the ring, with Klitschko being all class as usual in keeping a low-key, professional persona. Fury is a true character that brings a brash attitude and is never afraid to say what he thinks.
As he approaches 40, Klitschko shows little sign of slowing down. Few champions in boxing have fought such a steady string of top contenders in recent years. Five of the last six men he’s beaten were undefeated.
Tyson Fury is an undefeated contender who has earned his shot at the belt. He’s improved with every fight, and has tremendous power, which makes him dangerous to any man he climbs into the ring with.
Klitschko will look to keep this a controlled fight set up with his powerful jab, and ultimately wear down the bigger Brit. For Fury, he needs to make this an ugly, grind it out fight. Despite being the bigger fighter, I think his best bet is to try and fight in closer range to neutralize Klitschko’s jab and follow-up right hands.
Prediction: Ultimately, “Dr. Steelhammer” was able to stay focused and not fall prey to any of Fury’s mind games throughout the promotion. I see this as another notch in Klitschko’s Hall-of-Fame resume in a unanimous decision victory.