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Tyson Fury ready to Conquer America

In my life time and for years before that, has the boxing world every seen the heavyweight division been so boring and with a vanilla taste.

Then on December 6th of 2008, a 6’ 9” giant of a man from Wilmslow, Cheshire, United Kingdom entered the ring for his professional boxing debut against veteran Bela Gyongyosi for a 6 round bout, usually young boxers take a short 4 round bout against someone who is either making their pro debut or only have a couple of bouts under their belt. Gyongyosi had 14 pro bouts that day, mostly losses but he was a veteran. At 2:14 of the 1st the 21 year old giant was declared the winner by TKO. And that was how Tyson Fury started his professional boxing career, it should be noted that Bela Gyongyosi never stepped in the ring since that bout.

Tyson Fury is a Superstar in United Kingdom and made it very clear he wants to take his stardom to America he announced after his last bout against the tuff slugger Vinny Maddalone, who Fury dispatched via TKO at 1:35 of the 5th round. What has been most impressive about Tyson Fury has been his composure and his dramatic improvement in boxing skills. In Canada we get all the broadcasts of Fury’s bouts, so I’ve be able to watch this young lad grow up in the ring. The first time I seen Tyson Fury box was his 2nd bout with John McDermott for the vacant BBBofC English heavyweight title. In their first bout John McDermott was the current holder of the BBBofC English heavyweight title, the match was set for 10 rounds and to be judged by referee Terry O’Conner. Fury and McDermott fought all 10 rounds and Tyson Fury easily out pointed McDermott 98-92 and captured his 1st title on September 11th 2009. Between the two bouts with John McDermott; Fury had 2 more bouts. First a 6 round bout against Tomas Mrazek only 15 days apart from his bout with McDermott, he won the bout 60-57 on referee Emile Tiedt score card. Then on March 5th 2010 Fury squared off against Hans-Joerg Blasko in an 8 round bout, referee Steve Gray stopped the bout at 2:14 of the 1ST round as Blasko had been down twice already.

Somewhere between the 1st and 2nd bout with John McDermott, Fury had vacated the BBBofC English heavyweight title. After a brief investigation it appears the BBBofC English heavyweight title is regularly vacated by boxers, as this title is used as a stepping stone to bigger and better bouts. As mentioned before this was the first time I had seen Fury box live on television, as his popularity had grown significantly in Canada. This time the bout was going to be 12 rounds and scored by 3 judges; and on the line the vacant BBBofC English heavyweight title and was also a British heavyweight title which at the time was held by Sam Sexton. Tyson Fury and John McDermott entered the ring on June 25th 2010. It was Fury’s first 12 round bout, Fury a more polished boxer by this time came out on fire man handling McDermott. In the 7th round Fury was deducted a point. Fury not rattled by losing a point dropped McDermott in the 8th round, twice more in the 9th. Referee Dave Parris had seen enough and declared Tyson Fury the Winner by TKO at 1:08 of the 9th round. Tyson Fury claimed the BBBofC English heavyweight title for the 2nd time in his young career. More importantly Fury earned a shot at the winner of the bout between Sam Sexton & Dereck Chisora! Chisora ended up defeating Sexton and became the new Commonwealth (British Empire) heavyweight champion. The stage was set for Dereck Chisora to defend his Commonwealth (British Empire) heavyweight against Tyson Fury and his BBBofC English heavyweight title. July 23th 2011 2 titles were on the line at Wembley Arena, Wembley, London, in the United Kingdom. 12 rounds of boxing were needed to decide the winner. Judge Ian John-Lewis scored the bout 117-112 Fury, Judge Phil Edwards scored the bout 117-112 Fury, and Judge Richard James Davies scored the bout 118-111 Fury. Tyson Fury was the new Commonwealth (British Empire) heavyweight champion and retained his BBBofC English heavyweight title. Watching the bout I recall Fury out working Chisora and consistently beating him to the punch. The 2nd bout with McDermott was his coming out party, the victory over Dereck Chisora solidified Tyson Fury has a top contending heavyweight worldwide. After that fight Fury has taken on and defeated Nicolai Firth via a 5th round TKO, Neven Pajkic winning via a 3rd round TKO, Martin Rogan winning via a 5rd round TKO to win the vacant Irish heavyweight title. Then as already mention his last bout against Vinny Maddalone that 5th round TKO earned Tyson Fury the WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title. That title has propelled Fury on to the world heavyweight stage. He wants to come to North America and take on a top contender, the name Tomasz Adamek was mentioned by Fury. Adamek is the #3 ranked heavyweight in the world but has a date set to face Travis Walker, who is replacing James Toney; Adamek currently holds the IBF North American heavyweight title. Walker who is 33 yrs old and ranked #38 in the world heavyweight is being a gift with a 39 (KO 31) -7 (KO 5) -1 record, he does have a 3’ height advantage and a 7” reach advantage over Adamek. Walker does have 31 KO’s but he’s also been knocked out 5 times and doesn’t have a resume like Tomasz Adamek. So Tyson Fury could come to America and wait for Tomasz Adamek or stay in the U.K. and have 1 last big fight with the 1 heavyweight ranked above him, that being David Haye. Or he can come here and take a bout against a lower ranked opponent like #8 ranked Odlanier Solis or #13 ranked Chris Arreola; those would be 2 good opponents for Fury to square off with in his American.

The heavyweight division is in transition, as the Klitschko’s aren’t getting any younger, Wladimir has fought seven times in the United States and brother Vitali has fought six times in the United States. Povetkin or Pulev have no popularity in North America because they refuse to fight outside of Europe.

Besides Tyson Fury I keep these 5 names on my heavyweight watch list;

Seth Mitchell, 30 U.S.A.
David Price, 29 U.K.
Edmund Gerber, 23 Germany but he takes bouts all over Europe and is 20-0-0
Deontay Wilder, 26 U.S.A.
Mike Perez, 26 Ireland

And there are many more coming up, so let us hope the excitement will return to the heavyweight division, and we could be thanking Tyson Fury for doing that for us fans!

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