Fury Bigger Than Klitschko

Fury Bigger Than Klitschko

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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


We will explore Tyson Fury’s options, etc.

Pedro Fernandez

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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  • Congrats to Fury. Wlad will lose the rematch at almost 40, same thing will happen. He couldn’t throw the right hand, seen this before. Ali vs Holmes and Holmes vs Spinks. Both were younger than Wlad is now.

    I know Wlad probably took care of himself better than Ali or Holmes but there is still the reflexes to deal with. I’d actually like to see Vitali come back and handle Fury. Vitali has lost very few rounds in his career.

    Wlad’s last loss was against Brewster whom I interviewed a week before the fight. He was confident of victory and basically guaranteed victory ala Joe Namath. I guess he had the key to break the code.

  • A prime Paul Williams lost to Quintana.

  • Only way Klitscho has a chance in the rematch is if he brawls…and that’s not going to happen.

  • A heavyweight champion that doesn’t have the will to fight. All Wlad had to do to counteract Fury not letting him set was fight. Not box or try to figure out how to box Fury or land punches with technique. Just fight/brawl/punch. Actually as well as not having the will to fight, it’s been obvious throughout his career that Wlad can’t actually FIGHT – he can only box according to what he’s been taught. Take him outside of that and he’s always been clueless.

  • Wilder is guided by Haymon. They brought him along slowly to get a title shot. They never mentioned a title shot against Wlad until only recently. Briggs is 43 and has fought nobodies since Vitali beat him in 2010. Wilder told Briggs to stop the steroids ” You’ve been caught once already”. Wlad should retire. He fought off his back foot to keep away from Fury’s punches. He didn’t want to get hit. You have money, a beautiful wife, enjoy your life.

  • Ten Count makes good points but I think Wilder needs to fight Klitscho or Klitscho need to go out with Briggs, because it kinda looks like Klitch been ducking Wilder & Briggs.

  • a prime paul williams would have beaten floyd.

  • I really doubt age was a factor. What was a factor was that Wlad finally didn’t have a punching bag sitting right in front of him. He didn’t have a fighter a foot smaller to were he would grab and lean on him. Wlad couldn’t use the grab and lean tactic on Fury. He wasn’t the bigger man. He looked scared to through a punch. Wlad spent more time bouncing back and forth than anything else.

  • It’s silly to say that age wasn’t a factor. As if nobody ever saw a fighter in their late 30’s being unable to get punches off ? There were lots of indicators for this in the Jennings bout – everybody credited Jennings boxing and there is some room for that but there were also plenty of times when Wlad just looked like an aging fighter in that bout too.

    The greater issue is that Wlad was becoming unaccustomed to throwing many punches for a few years now, getting away with winning fights with ever fewer punches and initiating less & less. This combined with the age and +20 years of organized boxing for a really toxic mix.

    Of course having the size difference turned upside down was also a huge factor. when a fighter is 6’7 there just aren’t many opportunities to master boxing from the perspective of giving away 3 inches. The foreignness of it amplifies the usual difficulties, and sparring partners who are 6’10 & switch hitters don’t grow on trees.

    But It’s too simplistic to say Wlad got by ONLY on being bigger there are more failed giants than successful ones in boxing. Size parity with Wlad didn’t help McCline or Wach while the height difference was trivial against Thompson.

    But only Fury had the physical tools to turn distance against Wlad for the first time ever. It’s still surprising that it didn’t tke a more impressive fighter than Fury to pull it off, but maybe it shouldn’t be.

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