As a boxing fanatic, it’s very difficult to ignore Tyson Fury.
He’s charismatic, full of confidence, and so far, has proven that he’s the real deal inside the ring with his perfect 21-0 record (15 KO's). In the first week of July, a British mega-fight was agreed and signed by both Tyson Fury and David Haye in what is being billed as a clash of the titans in Manchester on September 28.
The press conference on July 11 was a shining example of the real reason why this fight could be special. Both fighters, who clearly have the belief they are the main attraction, produced a war of words that was thoroughly entertaining for the public to behold, putting British heavyweight boxing back in the limelight.
Obviously, a press conference carries the sole purpose to sell a fight and capture the public’s imagination, and when it comes to self-promotion and selling fights, Haye and Fury fit into a bracket of elitists.
Fury told his rival at the presser: "You're the one that stinks the place out and blames it on their toe.
"You're the dog and I'm chucking you a bone!"
Whilst the press conference was full of jousting and mockery, this fight is anything but a joke for both fighters. The opportunity for the ‘golden ticket’ in boxing, a shot at the Klitschko brothers, could await the winner, which makes this fight incredibly important both men. So who’s going to come out on top? Let’s look at the facts.
Fury is 6ft 9in and Haye is 6ft 3in, giving Fury a height advantage of six inches. Haye, who has made it known that he’s been in with much larger opponents, will be aware that Fury will be much more active with his movements and far more aggressive than Nikolai Valuev was when Haye famously captured the WBA heavyweight title off of him in 2009. As well as this, Tyson Fury is seven years younger than Haye which could be an influence in work rate and stamina if the fight goes into the later rounds.
The quality of opponents both fighters have faced in the past could be another important factor in determining the outcome of this matchup. Haye, who has a record of 28-2 (24 KO's), is a former WBA heavyweight champion. He is also the former unified world cruiserweight champion, holding the WBA, WBC, WBO, and The Ring cruiserweight titles. He’s not only been in the ring with the top fighters in the game, but with exception to Klitschko and Carl Thomson, has won convincingly against highly ranked opponents, something that Tyson Fury has yet to achieve.
The final aspect is power, something we know that both fighters possess in abundance. Haye, known for his knock-out power and speed, will be desperate to land on Fury’s suspect chin, whilst Fury, who also can land devastating knock out punches (ask Steve Cunningham) will be looking to exploit his size and weight advantage with the one punch that can change a heavyweight contest in a second.
It’s a fight that will divide opinion both in and out of the ring. Fury is either loved or loathed by the public, an aspect of his career that will always make him a box office fighter. Haye, whilst deemed a popular celebrity, is conceding a height, weight and age difference to a hungry young fighter in Tyson Fury. For me, this fight could ignite a bucket load of interest for heavyweight boxing, something that it’s needed for a long time.
One thing is for sure: prepare the popcorn, grab yourself an icy beverage and bring your goggles because, with this one, there’s definitely going to be fireworks.
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