LONGEST WBO CHAMP IN HISTORY BEATEN BY FURY
San Francisco, CA– In one of the last major cards of the year, Tyson Fury (25-0) has taken the WBO and assorted title belts away from longtime World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. And while it cannot be confused with the Larry Holmes-Ken Norton fight of 1978 for intensity, like Holmes at the end of 15 rounds, one knew when the 12th round was over, Tyson Fury deserved to be the victor.
EXCUSES NOT NEEDED, YADA, YADA, YADA!
People will say being 39, the many injuries, the increased mileage on the Klitschko boxing odometer, that these all came home to roost on Wlad in one fight. That’s not the case. Wladimir Klitschko has for years gotten by because he was “the bigger” guy. The one time that is not the case and Wlad looks like an amateur who can’t pull the trigger or get proper range. The difference in size was just something Wlad had never had to face in “real time,” as physically imposing brother Vitali was never looking to behead Wlad in sparring.
FURY NOT LARRY HOLMES ON HIS FEET…BUT…
There were also cries of Fury being another Nikolai Valeuv, a lummox (I’m being kind) who at 7’1 and 300+ lbs. held a belt a decade ago. But Fury, whom I’ve interviewed on “Ring Talk,” while he’s not quite a category #4 lummox like Valeuv, nor is he Cassius Clay afoot. That being said, there was the near 6’10 Fury, an Irish born Gypsy Fury doing what he ever could to win the fight. Wladimir on the other hand found out one thing. Father Time eventually beats everybody and fighting bigger guys is NO FUN!
WEMBLEY STADIUM REMATCH IN MAY?
While there is a “rematch” clause that mandates Fury defend against Wladimir, but only should the money be right and Wlad want it. That being said, I always think guys should go out with as much pride and dignity as one can muster. Truth be told, Wladimir Klitschko is a credit to the human race. The younger of the Klitschko bros. resurrected his “drain circling” career when late trainer Emanuel Steward took him over in 2004 after his last loss to Lamon (Don’t call him Lamont) Brewster.
NEITHER KLITSCHKO EVER S*IT ON BOXING
Embarking on a 11 year unbeaten run that came to an end Saturday, Wlad has been a positive element of the not always positive fight game. In closing, we salute both Klitschko’s for their dedication to not only the game of boxing, but as classy human beings who have never brought any blight to boxing. An exceptional, if not ultra entertaining duo, historians have to give them their deserved accolades.
LATER IN THE WEEK..
We will explore Tyson Fury’s options, etc.
Note: Mr. Fernandez is an award-winning writer, TV commentator, radio talk show host, former San Francisco Policeman, licensed California Private Investigator and four-time Golden Gloves boxing champion, who also pens feature stories for the R & B band Tower of Power. Comments regarding this submission can be left below.
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