Posts Tagged ‘Tyson Fury’

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Lineal champion Tyson Fury begins the road back to reclaiming the heavyweight division this afternoon against Sefer Seferi. This is Fury’s first bout since scoring a shocking upset over Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015. In the co-feature, Terry Flanagan defends his WBO junior welterweight title against Maurice Hooker. The live stream opens at 4:30 p.m. ET.

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Expected the unexpected when it comes to the Sweet Science. This year had a good mix of established fighters and promising prospects getting their plans ruined by determined underdogs. Without further delay, here are BeatsBoxingMayhem’s top upsets for 2015.

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10. WILLIE NELSON TKO9 TONY HARRISON 7/11/15
The goal of Premier Boxing Champions is to bring new stars to the masses. Tony Harrison appeared to fit the bill. He had the cockiness that comes with youth and a flashy style. He dogged Willie Nelson during the buildup, proclaiming him to have a glass jaw that he’d break. Nelson remained cool the entire time, right up until he shut Harrison’s mouth in the ninth round.

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9. BADOU JACK MD12 ANTHONY DIRRELL
Jack was thought to be chinny and not able to withstand Dirrell’s power. But the Mayweather Promotions standout put forth a gutsy, discplined performance to win his first world title.

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Jhonny Gonzales vs Jonathan Oquendo

8. JONATHAN OQUENDO MD10 JHONNY GONZALEZ 9/12/15

Going into this fight, Oquendo had been a “close but no cigar” fighter. He was always competitive, but lost to the best fighters on his resume like Abner Mares and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. But on this night, he caught Gonzalez coming off a bad loss to Gary Russell Jr. and took full advantage. Oquendo was aggressive and weathered a first round knockdown to drop Gonzalez in the second. The judges rewarded him with the majority decision nod.

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7. JAMIE MCDONNELL UD12 TOMOKI KAMEDA 5/9/15

Kameda was thought to be too skilled for McDonnell, and early on that looked to be the case. But after being floored in the third, McDonnell gradually became the more active fighter while Kameda fought in spots. McDonnell’s workrate gave him the nod by the narrowest of margins (114-113 across the board). Four months later, McDonnell got another close (and disputed) decision over Kameda.

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6. MICHEL SORO TKO4 GLEN TAPIA 5/8/15
Tapia’s homecoming at the Prudential Center quickly morphed into a nightmare. Tapia would later state he was weak and lethargic due to problems making weight. Soro’s precision counter-punching didn’t help matters either.

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5. RENALD GARRIDO DQ6 BRADLEY SAUNDERS 9/19/15
Statistically, this was the biggest upset of the year with odds of +4000. What was supposed to be an exhibition bout got too real for Saunders when he was dropped hard in the sixth round. He resorted to fouling and got himself disqualified for throwing an intentional head butt. Victor Ortiz would’ve been proud.

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4. YVAN MENDY SD12 LUKE CAMPBELL12/12/15
After stopping Tommy Coyle in August, Luke Campbell seemed well on his way to climbing the UK ranks. Yvan Mendy derailed those plans starting with a left hook that put Campbell down in the fifth. By no means a one-sided affair, Campbell fought hard but was simply outsmarted on this night.

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Weigh in-0012 (Adrian Granados and Amir Imam)

3. ADRIAN GRANADOS TKO8 AMIR IMAM 11/28/15
Amir Imam calls himself the “Young Master” and proclaimed he was ready for the best at 140 pounds. Granados showed the kid he still has a lot to learn. Imam scored a big knockdown in the first, but seemed ill-prepared for the rough, pressure-filled strategy that Granados brought. The later rounds became more and more one-sided until Imam was rendered helpless on the ropes for a dramatic finish.

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2. ARON MARTINEZ UD10 DEVON ALEXANDER 10/14/15

People forget that at one time Devon was a Top 3 welterweight and a potential Mayweather opponent. Alexander was trying to get back on track after a year off following his loss to Amir Khan. When you consider Martinez’s showing against Robert Guerrero, Devon picking him wasn’t exactly the best idea.

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1. TYSON FURY UD12 WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO 11/28/15
We have to give Fury his due — the man backed up his words. No, it wasn’t pretty to watch, but he turned one of the most dominant champions of the last decade into an scared, indecisive fighter. Most acknowledged a Fury win was possible, but not like this. How many times have we seen a Hall of Fame bound champion give up their title so meekly?

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Tyson Fury’s sophomoric antics were kept in check tonight as the well-prepared challenger executed a game plan predicated on length and movement to convincingly end Wladimir Klitschko’s nine-year reign as heavyweight champion.

Was the fight exciting? Until the last two rounds, absolutely not.  Although this won’t be a dethroning that goes down in the pantheon of great boxing victories, it does provide something the heavyweight division has lacked for years — intrigue.

WLADIMIR BECOMES THE SMALL MAN FOR A CHANGE: Although Fury and Klitschko appeared to be the same height at the weigh-in, it was Fury who was the “bigger man” tonight. He nullified Klitschko’s jab by leaning back and constantly moving to keep Klitschko from getting set. The latter prevented Klitschko’s right hand from landing (on 18 power punches landed all night). And with his longer reach, Fury was able to jab without consequence.

NO PLAN B: Klitschko struggling with Fury’s awkwardness early on wasn’t a susprise, but the fact he couldn’t adjust proved shocking. He followed Fury around for long stretches and in many rounds was reduced to single digit connects. Fury’s confidence grew while Klitschko’s, hampered by bloody cuts from punches and butts, dimmed every round.

YOUR GREATEST ASSETS BECOMES YOUR DOWNFALL: Klitschko’s reign has been defined by two key traits: patience and caution. Wladimir was never reckless in the ring, methodically worked his jab, massive left hook and right hands. When the fights began heating up, he’d clinch to bring things back to easier pace.

Tonight, he was in with a foe that required him to jump out of his comfort zone. An opponent that had him fighting from behind on the cards, something foreign to both Klitschko brothers. As the rounds progressed, it become clear that Wladimir’s mindset prevented him from taking the risks needed to pull off a dramatic victory. Yes, Klitschko got in some hard right hands in the final round, but that was mostly a defensive reaction to Fury’s aggression over pursuing a KO.

INSULT TO INJURY: If a rematch happens, Wladimir Klitschko would be 40 years old when the bell rings. Is his heart still in the game? Granted, he wasn’t beaten badly from a  physical standpoint, but he was clowned and easily shut down by a foe who trash-talked all the way through. Yes, the cliche of “great champions always bounce back” has been proven true through history. But at an age when most fighters are retired or mere shells of their former selves, Klitschko might be content to rest on his Hall of Fame laurels.

With that said, this stunt alone would have me wanting revenge.

 

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GERMANY — “Let the games begin!” was Tyson Fury’s response after shaking hands with champion Wladimir Klitschko following their weigh-in earlier today.

Klitschko’s 245.3 pounds is a slight increase over the 241.5 he weighed for April’s defense against Bryant Jennings. Fury’s 246.4 is his lowest weight in over two years. In July 2012, Fury tipped the scales at 245 for a bout against Martin Rogan.

The fight airs Saturday on HBO World Championship Boxing at 4:45 p.m. ET.

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Sky Sports’ Behind the Ropes series has two episodes giving a background look at the preparations of heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and challenger Tyson Fury, who face off November 28 on HBO.

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Klitschko_Fury_GlovesAreOffWladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury face off one last before fight week in this edition of The Gloves Are Off. Klitschko gives his theories on his challenger’s mental state, while Fury goes in on what he feels are the technical shortcomings of the champion. In addition, Fury talks in depth about his game plan.

The fight goes down on HBO November 28.

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The October 24 Wladimir Klitschko-Tyson Fury title match is now on hold due to a Klitschko calf injury.

The champion announced the injury this morning after his physician, Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt, confirmed a “partial musculotendinous tear” of the left calf.

“Especially after the exciting press conference last Wednesday, In was looking forward to this fight very much,” said Klitschko in a statement. “I know a lot of fans have already organized their trips to support me in Dusseldorf. I am so sorry that I am not able to fight on October 24. I also apologize to my opponent, who has spent weeks preparing for the fight. I will do my very best to recover as fast as possible.”

Fury, who endured two fight cancellations from former Klitschcko rival David Haye in 2013, mocked Klitschko’s postponement on social media.

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At press time, a rescheduled date is expected to be announced next week.