Wladimir Klitschko vs Tyson Fury

This entry was posted on Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Ukranians have no scorn like a Klitschko Furyed

Boxing and hype, like Cheryl Cole and the words, ‘just a mineral water for me please’, are pretty much inseparable these days. Pre-fight previews now focus so heavily on trash, talk, and err trash talk, that little gets written about the actual pugilism.

Nevertheless, we have a word count to fill, so let’s give it a go. This will be Wladimir Klitschko’s 24th title defence since 2006 (five more than old Muhammed Ali ever mustered, in the days when explosive Mohammeds were still considered a good thing…) Yet of course, the big twin will never be ranked or held in the same affection as Ali et al, simply because of the opponents’ calibre he has faced over the past decade. To quote Fury himself, “[Klitschko] fought a lot of bums coming up.”

How fair this is, depends largely on how highly one rates the past ten years of the heavyweight division. Now, along comes Tyson Fury, three inches taller than Klitschko, and the mandatory challenger after 24 fights unbeaten. Those three inches could be crucial – the last time Klitschko fought someone bigger than him, Mariusz Wach, the bout went the distance, and the smaller big man took some heavy punishment in Round 5.

So for once, Sky’s aggressive marketing may be valid. It would be bold to say Fury could beat Klitschko in Germany. But take the fight to go the distance at 2.66 with Betfair. And who knows, you may even get your money’s worth from Box Office too.

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