When Tyson Fury got up from that knockdown in the 12th round against Deontay Wilder, not only did he complete what will probably go down as the greatest boxing comeback of all time, but he also grew as a man.
It hasn’t gone unnoticed that since the December 2018 heavyweight classic with Wilder that Fury always looks in great condition. Videos of him training alongside Billy Joe Saunders and trainer Ben Davison appear to show a clean living and dedicated Fury.
Fury’s comeback from the pits of hell have been well documented, but it’s the level to which he climbed in such a short period of time that shocked the boxing world, and now that he is 100% dedicated he must be the man to beat in the heavyweight division. Fury’s 2015 victory over long term ruler Wladimir Klitschko showed the versatility of the Mancunian. This wasn’t a classic encounter that the fans will want to remember, but to see a technician such as the brilliant Ukrainian so bewildered and at times clueless with how to get on level terms with his tormentor was a real eye-opener.
But, it is the Wilder encounter that I believe has made Fury a better man. Always one to come out with shocking statements that the media lapped up, and antics so bizarre as to capture front page real estate all over the planet, the British giant now seems a calmer and at peace character.
Not that Tyson is not going to be heard. God forbid that “The Gypsy King” suddenly becomes a pillar of the community.
After Fury recently spilled the beans on a 2011 sparring session with Anthony Joshua’s June title challenger, Jarrell Miller, the big new Yorker trashed the idea that he was knocked over several times, but then went on to say that Fury was the only one out of Joshua, Wilder and Fury that he respected.
If Tyson Fury is in the place he seems to be in right now, then I could see him out-boxing Wilder and Joshua with ease should they meet.
And they will all meet. No matter how far away that seems right now, remember, that money always speaks. The public demand for these fights keeps growing and with it, the financial remuneration that the fighters, promoters and media outlets will receive will drive us to the inevitable conclusion.
How long we have to wait is another matter. The 2015 super fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao, billed as “The Fight of the Century”, is proof that when the money is right the fight will happen, but we all know that that fight took place 3-5 years after it should have.
When the fight finally took place at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas, it was shown on a joint HBO and Showtime PPV collaboration, just proving that even the TV companies will work out a deal when the price is right.
With Fury 30, Joshua 29 and Wilder 33 years old, there is still time for these fights to happen while the boxers are still in their prime.
What we all love about our sport is the unpredictability of it, one punch can change the course of boxing history at any one of the scheduled 6,480 seconds in a 12 round bout. Just ask Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder.
That unpredictability could result in a hiccup for the big 3 in their next bouts, but let’s be honest it would be a Tyson vs Buster Douglas style cataclysmic event if Schwarz, Breazeale or Miller came through to victory.
Breazeale is a known quantity, He is the guy that knows the pressures of the big stage after his 1st title challenge to Joshua in 2016 and has been in involved in tough bouts with then-unbeaten Izuagbe Ugonoh and Puerto Rico’s Carlos Negron and yet he is given little if any chance of upsetting Wilder. He stands tall and gets hit too easily to last long with the Tuscaloosa, Alabama resident.
Tom Schwarz got the fight with Fury because of his WBO No 2 ranking. He has no right to be in the ring with The Lineal heavyweight champion because he just isn’t at that level. I hope Fury goes out there and shows the difference in class, skill and power between the two of them.
It’s unlikely that any of the big 3 will face one another by the end of 2019, so there will be another mark time bout for each in the final 4 months of the year. Who the opposition will be, will be interesting because the fans will want Luis Ortiz, Dillian Whyte and possibly Alexander Povetkin included in proceedings.
Watch this space.