On July 9th, the heavyweight boxing champion of the world Tyson Fury will defend his titles against the man he beat to gain three of four titles, Wladimir Klitschko. When Fury won the titles back in November, his contract stipulated that he must fight a rematch with Klitschko. The outspoken champion stated that if he loses to Klitschko, he will probably retire from boxing. Fury maintained his burlesque style, but he did not appear as if he was joking when he talked about retirement.
The champion’s nonchalant attitude toward his rematch with Klitschko and his retirement comments has many in the boxing community wondering if the champ is applying a little reverse psychology. Some believe that the champion is toying with the media. Whatever anyone chooses to believe regarding Fury’s motivation, the fact remains that he is the current world heavyweight champion, and he beat the best heavyweight boxer of the past decade to win the title. Fury was able to show off some boxing skills in his victory over Klitschko last year, and he displayed some genuine heavyweight punching power. However, Fury’s biggest advantage is his height at 6’- 9”, which makes him the first boxer to tower over his upcoming opponent. If Fury can drop some of the weight he donned at his press conference and employ the boxing skills he displayed in the first fight, he has a legitimate shot at defeating Klitschko to retain his titles.
This champion doesn’t hide his views on social issues either and he has infuriated many in the media. His outspoken stance on homosexuality and what some feel are anti-Semitic comments has caused people to call for boxing officials to strip Fury of his titles and remove him from the sport. However, taking a fighter’s belts and banning him from the ring for brash, albeit politically incorrect, “trash-talking” is like shooting a dog for barking. Controversy sells tickets, just ask the WWF.
It is truly a love-hate relationship between the current heavyweight champion of the world Tyson Fury and boxing fans world-wide. Many applaud Fury’s outspoken nature and his honesty regarding his hatred for the sport, others not so much. One thing is for sure, he has managed to re-capture the attention of many former boxing fans who had lost interest in the sport some time ago. It may be no coincidence that the champion’s outspoken nature and controversial remarks are in such stark contrast to his reserved and soft-spoken opponent, Klitschko.
There hasn’t been a Heavyweight Champion as controversial or as outspoken as Tyson Fury since back in the 60’s when Cassius Clay upset Sonny Liston and proclaimed “I Am the Greatest!” Moments later he announced he was embracing Islam and would now be Mohammed Ali.