Loudmouthed, big hitting Gypsy King Tyson Fury and subtle powerhouse Wladimir Klitschko are deep in their training camps doing all they can to shift one of the most hyped Heavyweight bouts of the decade in their favor.
So now is a good time to have a look at the cards each fighter has up their sleeves, how the fight may go and if pay per viewers will get their money's worth.
Last time out, Tyson Fury proved too much for late starter Christian Hammer leaving him no choice but to stay on his stool going into the ninth. The fight was a powerful performance by Fury who chose his shots well and seemed to leave a relatively inactive Christian Hammer pacing the ring waiting for an opening to slip the big overhand right through and put an end to Fury's showmanship.
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Hammer was waiting and waiting or an opening that never came. A confident Fury spent his evening working with his hands low, baiting the big right from Hammer, a trap Hammer was more than happy to walk into on several occasions only to find Fury side stepping his shot before he could get close and finding himself on the end of a more than a couple of stinging big shots himself.
Klitschko is not to be messed with
However, look no further than Klitschko v Pulev and you will find all the proof you need that if Fury comes at Klitschko on the 24th October with his hands down baiting that big shot, it will be a very short night indeed.
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'Fast' Eddie Chambers had the right idea in many pundit's opinions and spent the night shooting his guard up the moment Klitschko stepped in. Unfortunately for Chambers this didn't stop Klitschko bulldozing through what had been a stonewall, orthodox defence from Chambers for a solid 12 rounds.
Samuel Peter's evening with Klitschko is another prime example of the fact that if a fighter wants to take Klitschko's scalp they're going to need to do more than keep their hands up and bob and weave.
Ross Puritty was the first contender to find a way through Klitschko in 1998. A 22 year-old Klitschko caved under the tenacity and speed of Puritty but this took 11 rounds. Puritty kept the fight explosive and forced his presence on Klitschko which eventually proved too much as Klitschko found himself stuck in a corner with nowhere to go.
We have to fast forward five years and 16 fights before we see Klitschko hit the mat again and this time he did so in spectacular fashion. A ferociously active Corrie Sanders asks Klitschko questions over a two round fight that he could have answered; had they come one at a time. Unfortunately for Klitschko they came thick and fast over what must have been the worst rounds of Klitschko's career.
Secret to success
If Fury wants to come out of that ring on October 24th with his 0 intact, he better have the Klitschko v Sanders fight etched into his eyelids as Sanders gave a stellar performance that all potential Klitschko scalp hunters after him can learn from; especially Fury. Klitschko's most recent defeat (which took place 12 years ago, 4 years before Fury stepped into the ring for the first time) came by way of Corrie Sanders who also displayed the explosive, big hitting quality that seems imperative in order for Fury to get that all important win.
Naturally, it takes much less time to look at the fighters who have defeated Tyson Fury, there aren't any. The main thing that will put Tyson Fury at risk of an early night will be his bravado.
Fury is a personality, love him or hate him he has an eye for the cameras and whether he's jumping on press conference chairs or punching himself in the face, he always has fight fans talking.
The self proclaimed best fighter in the history of the world absolutely has to swallow humble pie before getting in the ring with Klitschko or it will not take Wladimir long to turn Fury's pig headed, arrogant, head-first style against him. Klitschko, even at this late point in his career has something many heavyweight fighters want, and not many have (except for Anthony Joshua who seems to have it in buckets) and that is the speed and stamina to deliver that big overhand with the same strength in round 1 as they do in round 12.
Tyson Fury doesn't address this and he will be having to address that retirement he promised following defeat. At this point, Fury does not seem fast enough, or seem to have the work rate, tenacity or explosive qualities needed to wake up undefeated on the 25th October.
Bookies all over are calling the fight with Fury as a wide outsider (Skybet are pitting Fury to win at 100/30 with Paddy Power calling Fury's win at 3/1) and this is not a unreasonable prediction. If Fury wants the win he needs to mix his game up, spend his camp training his stamina equally if not more than strength and most of all, cut the arrogance and embrace that he is stepping into the ring with a surgically accurate, consistent big puncher who has been doing this since Fury was 8 years old.
This writer cannot see Fury stepping into the ring humble and so inevitably leaving himself open for that big shot and going down in the sixth round.
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