Last weekend, was it a classic, was it the greatest comeback ever or was it daylight robbery?
It was certainly one of the three.
The bare and bald facts though are this. Tyson Fury went across the Atlantic with a corner filled with experience, guile and much noted doubt. From Hatton, Roache and Ben Davidson, he got the right knowledge, the correct advice and a game plan that worked. He may have hit the deck twice but outfought a man who danced in the 12th but was entranced by the rising of a man who showed he could, he should and he would cause anyone problems, anywhere in the division. It was remarkable and proved many people wrong; including me.
I don’t like his style, I don’t like his opinions, but I do love what he ahs done to heavyweight boxing. I am not alone in eating words and recognising one thing.
Tyson Fury won that fight and with the two other fights he has fought deserves our respect, admiration and the chance to further redeem himself as he sees fit.
Even the judges agree…
If you take the score cards, round by round, giving each round to the fighter who got a majority of judges on his side then Fury won it by two rounds. The two daft score cards – the draw and the guy who thought Wilder won the first few rounds and scored it 115-111 – are negated and Fury won.
The WBC have ordered the rematch and suddenly AJ is no longer the King in the division. The crown is shared between three men. There is the Athlete AJ now alongside the Windmill of Wilder and the Phoenix of Fury; Wilder has now got two Quixote’s – who shall be the first to seriously tilt in 2019?
It suddenly got a whole lot more interesting and now AJ will likely fight the winner of Whyte/Chisora on the 13th April which was not in the big plans. It was the contingency.
The Fury/Wilder rematch alongside the April AJ date could give us a stadium fight in the late summer but calling the shots is now a triumvirate of organisations, almost as complex as the alphabet soup that runs boxing. The winners are now the fans. Now the furore over the decision has subsided we can see clearly the fog and we want wrapped in it…
Also, at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles the IBF/WBA/IBO title fight at super welterweight between Jarrett Hurd and the UK’s Jason Welborn ended with a 4th round stoppage for Hurd. Plenty of other serious British boxers are looking at taking that belts away from Hurd now. On this showing maybe they should pause for thought, first.
The heavyweight battles between Chris Arreola and Maurenzo Smith, Luis Ortiz and Travis Kaufmann and Joe Joyce against Joe Hanks all ended in stoppages with Arreola taking a win when his opponent did not come out after the 6th, Ortiz managing a win by 10th round stoppage – having had his opponent down twice before – but Joe Joyce making a devastating US showing with a first round stoppage of Hanks. Eyebrows were raised, and people paid attention!
This week I have now heard of Joyce joining the second division of heavyweights in the commentator’s and observer’s notes rather than jut being an up and coming prospect – for Joyce it jut got really real.
Finally, last night, Friday the 7th of December in Belfast light heavyweight Steve Collins Jr got a 6 round decision over Pawel Strykowski and Conrad Cumming got his European belt over replacement Ferenc Berkin with a points win in 10 rounds.