This past weekend WBA, WBO and IBF World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko outboxed 6’7 Polish boxer Mariusz Wach at the O2 arena in Hamburg, Germany, upping his record to an impressive 59-3 overall. One fighter who is lobbying hard to fight Klitschko next is Britian’s Tyson Fury. Fury is signed to fight American Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson on December 1st, then is expected to be first up for Klitschko in 2013. Does Fury have even the slightest chance? Let’s take a look at both the matchup with Johnson and the clash with Klitschko.
Fury is likely to get by the match with Johnson, who is best known for surviving 12 rounds against the older Klitschko, Vitaly back in 2009. In that bout, Johnson played defense the whole time and proved difficult to hit, but he mounted no credible offense. Johnson has since won several fights against average competition and he lost in the finals of British reality series ‘Prizefighter’ back in June.
The first bad sign for Fury in a match with the champion was Klitschko’s performance this past weekend against Wach. Wach, who was the first opponent Klitschko faced who was taller than him (Fury will be taller) absorbed massive amounts of punishment as Klitschko out boxed him for the full ten rounds. Klitschko was faster, landed a lot of power punches, and he was never frazzled by the height on his opponent.
Fury is still young, at 24 years old, and he will likely be undefeated at 20-0 going into 2013. But Klitschko will be a huge favorite from the outset, and he will benefit from all of the odds and ends – the venue, exact date, the money, the TV outlets and whatever else is important will be decided by Klistchko’s extensive network of people, not Fury. Fury is more accustomed to having those benefits as he is tuned in as well, but that all goes out the window when facing the champion. He will be on foreign territory for the fight.
And you have to take the rhetoric coming out of England with a grain of salt. Tyson Fury is not the next great thing. He is slow footed and sloppy, and he will be out technique’d by Klitschko. He claims victories over Derrick Chisora (another never was of British boxing) and Vinny Maddalone (who looked like he stopped making pizza’s briefly in New York to take this bout) as his signature wins, and beating Johnson will not adequately prepare him for what is coming with Klitschko.
The state of the Heavyweight division is going to be Klitschko time until they say they are done, it is that simple.