Rematch Chaos: Team Klitschko To Take Team Fury To Court
Rematch Chaos: Team Klitschko To Take Team Fury To Court
By: Sean Crose
“Some big news coming in the next few days!”
So tweeted undefeated heavyweight kingpin Tyson Fury this week. Yet there was some other big news that rattled the fight world, and that came from the camp of arch rival Wladimir Klitschko, who Fury is supposed to rematch this fall.
“Unfortunately,” Klitschko claimed on a twitter video, “team Fury is trying to change the terms of an already-signed contract multiple times and it is going on endlessly. To protect my own rights and eventually see the rematch, I am forced to go to court.” Add all this to the PED allegations Fury is facing at home in England and it’s clear this is a chaotic time for the man known as The Gyspy King.
In a sense, however, this almost could be seen as par for the course for the enormous Englishman. While it’s no surprise that Fury isn’t afraid to speak his mind, it was notable earlier this year how much weight the guy had gained while enjoying the fruits of his labor after reaching the peak of the heavyweight mountain. What’s more, Fury spoke of losing interest in the sport of boxing. On top of all that, the Klitschko rematch, which was set for this summer, was pushed back after Fury hurt himself in training.
Some are claiming Fury is avoiding the rematch this October. Perhaps this is true, but anyone who followed Fury’s training camp on video this spring and summer would be hard pressed to say Fury didn’t look serious. Indeed, the man took off a ton of weight in a short period of time, seemed to be working very hard and appeared to have his mind in fighting shape. Looks can be deceiving, of course, so it’s yet to be clear what exactly the problem is. Needless to say, queries directed to team Fury and team Klitschko yesterday have so far gone unanswered.
To be sure, this is a match well worth seeing go down. While it’s true, the original fight was a snooze fest for many, it remains one of the biggest upsets of recent times (though not to this author) and fans have a right to be curious as to whether or not Fury’s victory was a fluke, or if Klitschko is truly on the way down as a fighter. It may be easy to write off both men, but their formidable records – Fury is 25-0, while Klitschko is a whopping 64-4 – indicate underrated skill sets. Needless to say, it would be nice to see who the better man truly is in the ring.
Tyson Fury Annihilates Martin Rogan with Fifth Round TKO
By Johnny Walker
Rising heavyweight contender Tyson Fury of the United Kingdom backed up his trademark brash talk today by stopping veteran Irish heavyweight Martin Rogan with a fifth round TKO at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
With the win, Fury (18-0, 13 KOs) picks up the previously vacant Irish Heavyweight championship.
Fury, who normally fights out of an orthodox stance, threw a curve-ball at Rogan right away in round one by fighting as a southpaw. The newly trim-looking Fury was content to bide his time throughout the first two rounds, seemingly getting comfortable with his new style, and Rogan took advantage by pressuring him and throwing some awkward combinations at the 6’9” giant.
Fury basically gave away the first two rounds, but when he did start to attack, it was clear that Rogan would be easily overpowered on this night.
A glancing left hook from Fury, still fighting as a southpaw, sent Rogan to the mat late in round three, and though the veteran beat the count, his momentum on this night was effectively ended.
Round four saw Rogan right the ship somewhat, though his aggression was now muted as Fury used his reach advantage to nullify Rogan’s attempts to get inside.
Fury was becoming increasingly comfortable, while Rogan was becoming increasingly desperate.
Fury had seemingly had enough of the proceedings in round five, and opened up with a stinging body attack on the challenger. A hard left hook to Rogan’s midsection saw the Irish veteran wince and go to the mat. Rogan beat the count, but his corner threw in the towel, and Fury had his victory.
Fury explained his southpaw conversion after the fight as a result of him being “ambidextrous,” and expressed great satisfaction with his physical conditioning–at 245 3/4 pounds, Fury entered the ring at his lightest weight as a professional fighter.
“I’m a world class heavyweight, I’m going to try different things,” Fury said.
“No doubt, I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in.”
Fury, 23, had taunted the 41-year-old Rogan, calling him a “bum” in the build-up to the fight, but he was classy in defeat, attempting to lead the largely pro-Rogan Belfast crowd in a chanted salute to their fallen hometown hero.
“Rogan is a true Irish warrior,” Fury said.
As for what is next, Fury was unusually reserved.
“I’ve done a lot of talking in the past – I’m going to just let my boxing do the talking from now on,” Fury declared.
Weights and Pictures: Tyson Fury 245 3/4; Martin Rogan 228 1/4
Heavyweights Tyson Fury and Martin Rogan weighed in at 245 3/4 and 228 1/4 respectively today ahead of Saturday’s tilt at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Fury looked soft at 257 pounds in his last fight against Canadian heavyweight champ Neven Pajkic, while Rogan was also heavier at 236 1/4 last time out in late 2010.
The weigh-in results back up each man’s contention that they have trained like never before for this Irish heavyweight battle.
Tyson Fury, Stand-Up Comic?
Rising heavyweight contender Tyson Fury of the UK tries his hand at stand-up comedy for a charity event.
Power Shots: James “Lights Out” Toney and Tyson Fury Keep Talking
By Johnny Walker
[This is the first of what will be a regular feature of news tidbits and opinion focusing on the most abused – often unjustly, in this writer’s opinion – division in the sport of boxing]
Two true heavyweights when it comes to the art of flapping the gums have been at it again this week: veteran trash talker James “Lights Out” Toney and relative newbie Tyson Fury.
The always irascible Toney will be back in action on April 7 against bare knuckles fighting champion Bobby Gunn, who currently hails from New Jersey, but whose frequent use of the interrogative “eh?” marks him as a native Canadian.
Over the past few years, it has become more and more surreal reading Toney’s bombastic interviews in his obsequious press organ, Fighthype.com (“Hey James, are you OK? Anything I can do for you?”).
Since he got soundly beat in his second fight against Samuel Peter back in 2007, Toney, who really has no business fighting as a heavyweight in the first place, has been a mere shell of his former boxing self. Now 43 years old, his reflexes are not what they were, and the years spent abusing his body have caught up with “Lights Out.”
But you’d never know it by listening to what he says (that’s when you can actually decipher what he is saying – his speech patterns have also deteriorated quite drastically).
When Toney says in his latest piece of Fighthype propaganda, that he is “the real heavyweight champion of the world,” it’s hard to figure if he’s just trying to convince his shrinking fanbase to buy a ticket to his next boxing travesty (he got whitewashed last time out by Denis Lebedev in November 2011, while supposedly suffering a serious injury – not serious enough, however, to keep him out of the ring a mere few months later), or if he’s really so delusional at this point that he actually believes what he’s saying.
“I want to blow this motherf*cker [Gunn] out of the water,” Toney says, “get Lebedev back, the Bitchhko Sisters, and then David Haye.
“Ain’t nothing changed….”
If only that last statement were true.
Then again, I suppose Toney is jealous that heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko recently chose veteran Jean Marc Mormeck of France to destroy, sending the Frenchman into likely retirement with a big payday, when Wlad could just as easily have beaten up on “Lights Out.”
Toney is obviously still hanging on, hoping that the Klitschko Lottery pulls his number and sends him into retirement with a few million dollars, but that scenario seems more unlikely with each passing day.
A loss to Bobby Gunn, and the lights will truly be out on James Toney’s boxing career.
With James Toney fading, there is room for a heavyweight contender with the gift of gab to make an impression, especially as a contrast to the gentlemanly Klitschko brothers, and Tyson Fury of the UK has made a strong bid to fill that void in the last year or so.
Fury, at 23 two decades younger than Toney, bombastically told this writer before his last bout – a tougher than he expected encounter with Canadian heavyweight champion Neven Pajkic last November – that he would quit the sport should Pajkic make any kind of a fight out of it.
“If Pajkic even gives me a good fight, I’ll retire, how’s that? If he even gives me a tidy fight, I’ll retire, because I’m going nowhere,” Fury told Boxing Insider.
“If a guy like Pajkic can even come close to me, that’s a promise. If he gives me any sort of a fight at all, I’ll retire.”
Pajkic, of course, showed up for the fight in spectacular condition, while Fury looked as if he had spent training camp watching television and eating donuts. And in the second round, Pajkic caught Fury with a hard, flush right hand to the face that sent the 6’9” Irish giant to the mat for the first time in his career.
Fury, to his credit, got off the mat and went on to win via a highly contentious quick stoppage in the next round.
And unsurprisingly, he didn’t retire.
Fury laid low for a few months following that near calamity, but now he’s back, preparing to fight fellow Irishman Martin Rogan on April 14 in Belfast.
And he’s talking big once again.
“I believe I will eventually retire as the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world, like Rocky Marciano,” Fury recently told The Daily Mail.
And Fury, it seems, has already mentally re-contextualized his knockdown at the hands of Neven Pajkic.
“I am a proper fighting man so I’m prepared to risk taking punches and we all know that any heavyweight can be put down by a big shot. But I always get up. In fact, my opponents are beginning to realize that the only way to beat Tyson Fury is to nail me to the canvas if they are lucky enough to knock me over,” Fury boasts.
Call it rationalizing if you will, but that’s an attitude that James Toney himself could admire.