The heavyweight class is doing well. And Tyson Fury stands tall like his king. writes Matt Christie
There has never been a heavyweight world champion like Tyson Fury. In addition, there has never been a fighter of any size, race or gender like the Gypsy King. It is unique, as you can only experience it once in a lifetime. One that we must cherish and cherish while he’s at the top of his game.
His story is not without controversy or bad behavior. But dwell on anything other than his latest triumph would be wrong. What Fury continues to achieve within the boundaries of a boxing ring is fascinating, almost incomprehensible. No, he may not be as graceful as Muhammad Ali, as skillful at following a schedule as Lennox Lewis, or as terrifying as Mike Tyson. But anyone who now claims that Tyson Fury couldn’t compete in any era is too fond of the past.
The man’s sheer size would make him a difficult proposition for anyone. Add to these colossal dimensions his ability to get the most out of them (something comparable giants have always struggled with) and then his versatile skills, ring art, endurance and durability. Add the complexity of his mind – the havoc he wreaks in the psyche of his opponents, the charisma, the fearlessness, the refusal to lose – and you have, quite simply, a formidable warrior who must now be considered one of the best Shopping mall.
Some will say the praise is too high. They’ll point out Deontay Wilder, his limitations, and his right-hand man with a single trick. All the best heavyweights would have beaten The Bronze Bomber, they’ll say. Of course we will never know. But I can’t imagine a single heavyweight who not only recovered from that monstrous right hand that Wilder slammed in the fourth round in Fury, but also regained his senses so quickly. It is true that not all heavyweights would have lost their temper and been caught with it in the first place. But Fury has shown more than once that he can thrive in the deadliest of circumstances.
What is certain is that by getting off the canvas twice in those astonishing three minutes and slowly pounding the resistance out of an unbelievable rival, Fury has proven beyond a doubt that he is the best heavyweight of his time. Would an active heavyweight have survived Wilder’s fourth-round attack? Certainly not. More specifically, would an active heavyweight have fared better than Wilder in the face of such educated violence? Again, the answer has to be no.
For the sake of balance, we need to be realistic about Wilder’s inadequacies. It was evident that the American’s limited repertoire had again cost him a lot as the heated battle raged on and on. A right hand with a cannonball will get you far, but maybe not far enough.
Even so, he deserves almost as much recognition as the winner. Written off by many, including me, after doing such a terrible bond in their rematch, he gave it his all to the end. The mental demons, the sheer horror of the fight against Tyson Fury, would have been insurmountable for the vast majority.
The praise we both give after what is probably the most exciting heavyweight showdown of all is completely justified. We must thank our bitter rivals for not only reminding die-hard boxing fans how exciting our sport can be, but also thanking them for showing the world this wonder. It was encouraging to see that every newspaper covered the competition in detail and every newscast talked about the fight.
That’s the power of the world heavyweight championship. One that Fury is proud to show off now. It’s too early to suggest what’s next, but the stage is ready. Whoever is in his future, whether it’s Dillian Whyte or Oleksandr Usyk or Anthony Joshua, Fury has restored public confidence in the sport’s richest prize. That price is his regardless of what the sanctions authorities say. Better still, all of the confusion about who the real leader is just doesn’t exist anymore. The heavyweight class is doing well. And Tyson Fury stands tall like his king.