I want to start this column by offering my sincere apologies to Tyson Fury and Tom Schwarz. I said last week Fury’s next opponent was ranked 53 in the world and that’s simply not true. He’s actually 57th in the world and only no.8 in Germany… impressive opponent for the fourth defence of his imaginary title!
Tyson Fury is very good at conning the public and rallying them to his side. But 90 per cent of what he says is b******s. The lineal heavyweight champion of no belts – he speaks nonsense. He keeps saying he beat Deontay Wilder.
He didn’t. Wilder made him look good but, at the end of the fight, he bashed him up. He showed heart but he didn’t actually beat Wilder. The official record states it was a draw.
If he wants to revisit records, let’s set the record straight on his first fight with John McDermott which everyone said at the time was the worst decision ever in British boxing as John wiped the floor with Fury yet still “lost”.
It was such a shocking decision that it caused John’s promoter Frank Maloney to suffer a heart attack then and there.
Last week, Fury claimed he wouldn’t fight me and that I deserved a straight shot at Wilder for everything I’ve done. Then the next day made a U-turn and said he would definitely fight me if it was for the WBC diamond belt.
We are waiting to see what the WBC do but they are going to have to do something shortly and I believe they will do the right thing. Fury says he wants to fight me and I would love to fight him, so let’s see. Who knows, the WBC might just give him what he wants. Then we will discover if he is a man of his word or just talking rubbish to get attention.
I’ll fight Fury just for the chance to bash him up, regardless of what belts are on offer. Fury is an awkward grafter, he grinds you down, but he is not an outstanding puncher. For a guy of six foot nine that weighs 19 stone, he doesn’t punch powerfully at all.
Fury reckons he is leagues above me but he knows what happened when we shared a ring in the past. If the fight is called, I expect him to back up his talk and don’t want to hear any excuses. After all, he’s the one that called me out. Is he a fighting man or a running man?
DEONTAY WILDER DOESN’T IMPRESS ME
Plenty of people seemed to be raving about Wilder’s knockout victory over Dominic Breazeale at the weekend.
But Breazeale is exactly the kind of guy you fight when you are trying to look good. How the hell can he be number four in the WBC rankings and the mandatory challenger? What has he achieved in his career? He’s far from the top level.
He’s a nobody who only had three fights against other nobodies in the last three years and it’s a disgrace that he was mandatory.
Neither him nor Bermane Stiverne earned their status but were cherry-picked by Wilder as the only two mandatories he’s fought in four-and-a-half years. He’s meant to have at least one every year.
Stiverne was 40 years old and completely out of shape having only had one fight in three years, against a journeyman, since losing the title to Wilder.
What a joke! Wilder has been lucky. The WBC have been looking after him because he is their champion. He has a high KO record in his professional career but he has fought a lot of cabbages.
VERDICT ON BILLY JOE SAUNDERS AND JOE JOYCE’S WEEKEND WINS
Congratulations to Billy Joe Saunders on becoming a two-weight world champion by beating Shefat Isufi in Stevenage on Saturday night.
He moved up a weight and out-boxed a guy who was bigger than him. Billy is a great boxer. Whoever fights him at super middleweight, if they try and out-box him they are going to have major problems.
He can stay at super middleweight – there are some big fights out there for him. He needs one more run out, one more training camp and one more fight at super-middleweight and then he should be ready for all-comers.
Joe Joyce is older and trying to make something happen. He is trying to get his name out there and fight the right people but when he comes up against someone younger, hungrier and quicker we’ll be better placed to judge where he stands in the division.
Alexander Ustinov is old now and has slowed down. It was a good fight for Joyce to look good in and he did exactly what he had to do. He broke him down and knocked him out in three. But tougher tests will come for the 33-year-old.
GETTING READY FOR RIVAS
I’m feeling good ahead of my fight against Oscar Rivas this summer. I’m being pushed to the wire day in, day out.
I’m being stretched to my limits and trying to break myself every day in Loughborough. It’s not easy – I think my strength and conditioning team, led by Al Stewart, have got some sort of vendetta against me! They are grinding me to dust.
We break camp down to conditioning, strength, speed and technique phases and do loads of bag work, and I am sparring once a week at the minute to get my timing and range right
We are preparing ourselves physically and mentally and I’ll be at my very best when the first bell goes at London’s O2 Arena on July 20.
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