Carl Frampton: Tyson Fury walked it like he talked it to beat Wladimir Klitschko
I got it wrong and I was so glad because Tyson Fury was just brilliant against Wladimir Klitschko.
He had his game plan, stuck to it and became the heavyweight champion of the world.
It was a pretty boring fight in the end but it’s about winning and when a trainer sets out a game plan to win a fight, he’s not thinking ‘well it has to entertain the crowd’, he does it to win and Tyson’s coach and uncle Peter Fury deserves so much credit because he’s done an amazing job with the big man.
Let’s face it, 99.9 per cent of pundits and fans thought Fury was going to get beaten but from early on in the fight last weekend in Germany I felt that Klitschko was tamed.
He couldn’t deal with Fury’s boxing and movement and that’s why sorting out the canvas was so important to the victory.
Klitschko wanted to be able to just walk Fury down so they had all that extra padding on the canvas and when you saw it there really was a ridiculous amount of foam. For some people not in the game, they might not understand the impact it has but if you can imagine running on sand — it’s draining on your legs. It doesn’t allow you to get up on your toes and box which was Fury’s tactics to win the fight.
Fair play to the Fury team, they got the canvas changed, they got Klitschko to wrap his hands again and they stood their ground over the gloves — all pyschological victories.
Then when he got in the ring, Fury looked really confident. Normally when he touches gloves Klitschko looks through people and that’s when he starts breaking them down but Fury continued to talk to him and it really got to Klitschko.
Other fighters in the past have been acting Billy big boots in the lead-up to fight night and then just crumbled when they got in the ring but Fury remained confident and even when he got hit with a big shot, he just pointed to his chin and shook it off and for any fighter that is demorsalising — when you hit a man with your best punch and he’s still there.
Overall, it was a huge win because Klitschko has been a champion so long — you have to say he will go down as one of the best heavyweights of all time because of how long he was at the top of his game.
Yet, despite his great win there were still people putting Fury down which was a disgrace. Of course, he annoys people at times but this is the moment to give him credit for an amazing achievement.
There’s going to be a re-match with Klitschko around May, probably at Wembley or Old Trafford and I see Fury winning that — he’s got Klitschko’s number.
After that, there’s big fights with the WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, David Haye and down the line Anthony Joshua.
Fury and Joshua would probably be the most lucrative fight in British boxing history because the interest in the fight would be incredible.
It’s going to be hard for Klitschko to deal with the loss because he thought that Fury was just all mouth — he had just signed a five-year deal with a German television company to show his fights so it shows you how confident he was.
But now Fury is the number one heavyweight on the planet until someone proves him wrong and that won’t be easy for anybody. It seems with Fury people either love him or hate him, well I love him and he has now lit up the heavyweight division.
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