Wladimir Klitschko had dominated boxing’s heavyweight division for more than a decade until he faced British prizefighter Tyson Fury last year. He’s known for being a technical fighter and hailed as one of the best boxers of all-time.
While the upset came as a shock to boxing fans all over the world, who’d at one way or other written off Fury’s chances of beating the strategic Ukranian known as “Dr. Steelhammer”, what was more shocking was the manner in which he fought.
The first Wladimir Klitschko versus Tyson Fury match was a non-event for the most part, which was reduced mostly to clinching. Wladimir’s punch output was suspiciously too low compared to his rival, or his average that the audience could not believe it knowing the great strategist that he is.
Tyson Fury was not that dominant either, but he was more aggressive and that gave him control over the pace of the match. He’s significantly bigger and has a longer reach, which may have caused Wladimir Klitschko’s jab to shirk until it was too late in the fight.
Could it have been just a bad night for the long time champion, or did we watch him grow old overnight?
Anyhow, a rematch is something we all need to see- including Wladimir Klitschko himself.
But according to a report by Sky Sports, that fight is under threat of being postponed due to Fury’s attempt to price himself out of it.
“Dear fans. I just want to keep you updated on the status quo of my rematch against Fury.” Dr. Steelhammer said.
“Unfortunately, Fury is trying to change the terms of an already-signed contract multiple times. To protect my own rights and to see the rematch, I’m forced to go to court.”
On what the specific changes are, Team Fury has been yet to comment on the matter. They were said to be happy with the initial agreement, but nobody knows for sure at this time what their motives for the modifications are.
The demands are rumored to be ridiculous, and according to a report from Boxing Scene Klitschko’s manager, Bernd Bonte feels Tyson Fury is trying to back out of the rematch.
“Now the Fury team – in my gut feeling – is trying to find ways to get out of the fight. All the contracts are signed, they were happy with it. Suddenly they want to renegotiate and have impossible demands and we have to make sure that we implement our rights to go through with the fight.” Bernd Bonte said.
Wladimir Klitschko certainly deserves that rematch, if not to defeat Tyson Fury, but at least have a chance to redeem himself; even if another loss means he’d have to decide on retiring from the sport.
Meanwhile, Fury plans to face new generation boxers Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder after Klitschko.
Anthony Joshua is an undefeated British boxer with a 100% knockout ratio, while Deontay Wilder, also undefeated at 37-0, is ranked 3rd best boxer in the world by The Ring magazine.
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