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“AND THE NEW… CHAMPION OF THE WORLD TYSON FURY”

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I recall some of the biggest shocks in boxing history when I witnessed George Foreman win the world title at a grand old age of 45 years old, invincible Mike Tyson getting knocked out by underdog Buster Douglas and the greatest heavyweight of all time Muhammed Ali losing to a novice Leon Spinks.

However undefeated British heavyweight Tyson Fury produced one of the most recent shocks in boxing history when he beat the undisputed champion Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Fury had been written off in this fight and most boxing experts had given him no chance of winning against Klitschko who had remained champion for over ten years and during this time had collected and retained the majority of the world title belts.

Fury’s victory was well deserved and from the opening bell the 6ft 9inch giant out worked and out thought Klitschko. Fury was able to capitalise on his longer reach, youth and mobility to keep the champion at bay and for the majority of the fight Klitschko was unable to throw any meaningful punches including his dangerous right hand.

The fight itself was not a classic but it was shocking and unbelievable as Fury proved all the sceptics wrong and made Klitschko look ordinary, old, tired and gun shy.

Fury is a throwback to the Muhammed Ali days and like Ali he is definitely a controversial character who speaks his mind without worrying about any backlash like his recent reported views on homosexuality.

Whatever people think of Fury on a personal level, what is certain is that the boxer has developed in a very good fighter over the years and beating such a polished and well respected champion like Klitschko deserves credit and respect.

During his interview after the fight, Fury said “I was very anxious waiting for the decision after being deducted a point, I knew it would make it closer and you never can tell.” Fury won this bout by majority decision.

Looking at the punching statistics during this bout Fury connected with 86 of his 371 and Klitschko landed 52 from 231.

Fury’s win is great for British heavyweight boxing and he follows previous world champions Bob Fitzsimmons, Michael Bentt, Herbie Hyde, Frank Bruno, Henry Akinwande, Lennox Lewis and David Haye into the world champion record books.

As to the future, it would seem that Klitschko will be given an immediate rematch against Fury. Klitschko believes he significantly underperformed against Fury and his defeat was a one-off. He has made it clear that he is eager to prove that he is the better fighter and in the rematch will raise his game and be victorious.

I personally believe that Klitschko has performed better in previous boxing bouts against more skilled opponents, but he is 39 years older now and Fury is different when compared because he is the much bigger man, younger, more mobile, elusive and unpredictable and his style is very difficult to beat for any fighter.

The other future opponents for the winner of the Fury vs Klitschko rematch are Britain’s David Haye, Anthony Joshua and American WBC World Champion Deontay Wilder.

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“I KHAN’T BELIEVE IT”

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Pound for pound the world’s best boxer Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather jnr announced to the world on his 37th birthday via Twitter that he will be fighting Marcos Maidana in a Welterweight title fight even though he had asked the public and the fans to decide who he should fight next, Maidana or Khan.  Mayweather and his team are well known for toying with the boxing media and fans alike, playing hype, mind games and spinning webs of confusion, deflection and illusion with regards to what he is doing next.  

THE CHOSEN ONE: ‘I challenge Maidana to do what 45 others have tried to do before him: beat me’

THE CHOSEN ONE: ‘I challenge Maidana to do what 45 others have tried to do before him: beat me’

Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, said: “Mayweather has more than 11 million followers on various social media outlets and the poll was just one of the vehicles used. Bottom line, we took a look at everything that was coming through on the various outlets and we're fighting the very best guy out there.”

Me personally, from a British interest, would have loved for Khan to have fought Mayweather, the greatest fighter on the planet to date. And like Amir Khan always says he wants to fight the best of the best like any fighter.

I really thought it might happen at one point but reading between the lines Mayweather never said anything to anybody about who he would be fighting and there has been many months of feverish speculations and lots of silly reports that a deal had been done.  I don’t know how Amir Khan and his team could say a deal had been met and that they had signed their half of the contract but Team Mayweather had not signed theirs.

Please correct me if I’m wrong but in business dealings in general, a deal is done only when both parties have signed contracts on the dotted line.  It seems Amir has been lead the pied piper’s merry dance and now finds himself in lounging limbo.

Mayweather said in a statement: “Marcos Maidana's last performance immediately brought him to my attention. He is an extremely skilled fighter who brings knockout danger to the ring. I think this is a great fight for me and he deserves the opportunity to see if he can do what 45 others have tried to do before him: Beat me.”

Yet again I believe Amir Khan has been ill advised by his team, or was it he himself, who put all his eggs in one basket only to be left with an empty nest.  He should have fought and beaten Devon Alexander, former Welterweight champ, when he had the chance and that would have put him in good stead for a real Mayweather fight showdown that we all could have sunk our teeth into.  What’s happened here? Amir’s been chasing fool’s gold.

IN LIMBO: Amir Khan was left disappointed

IN LIMBO: Amir Khan was left disappointed

Lets not forget I’m an Amir Khan fan, and I think he is a great fighter but does he really deserve that big fight?  OK so Amir brings to the table the untapped Middle Eastern/Asian markets, taking a high level boxing super fight to a place where it has never been exploited.  Raising awareness and making the fight bigger for the world’s media and press, public training tours in the UK and USA, Amir even got various authorities assurances for an agreed military security for the press tours in Pakistan and Dubai were they to happen.  So confident was he that the Mayweather fight was on.

Amir has been exciting and active over the last couple of years.  However the quality of his opponents since his devastating knockout loss to WBC champ Danny Garcia have not really been of a high calibre required leading up to a Mayweather super fight. His opponents were Carlos Molina and faded Julio Diaz who incidentally knocked Khan to the canvas in the fourth round back in April 2013.  The question comes down to entitlement.  Maidana is a knockout artist and who stepped up and got the attention of the world and Team Mayweather with a fantastic win over former undefeated champion, Golden Boy Promotions super star, Adrien Broner which clearly and deservedly got him the Mayweather fight.

POWER-PUNCHER: Maidana brings knockout danger to Mayweather

POWER-PUNCHER: Maidana brings knockout danger to Mayweather

Amir really needs to fight a big time opponent now to get back in the mix   A good fight for him now would be to fight Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner coming off his recent loss to Maidana.  A make or break fight for both.  It is an easy fight to make as they both have the same promoter.

Amir Khan wins this high profile fight, then that will certainly push Mayweather to offer him a real fight and not an illusion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN LIMBO: Amir Khan was left disappointed

IN LIMBO: Amir Khan was left disappointed

“Following the announcement by Floyd Mayweather that he will be facing Marcos Maidana on May 3rd I would like to clarify my situation for my fans and members of the media.

“Despite having signed my part of the agreement to fight Floyd in early December, I’ve been preparing myself for some time that the match up with him wasn’t going to happen, as I announced on Twitter a few days ago. Therefore, this announcement did not come as a surprise.

“I am, however, very disappointed with Floyd and his team for not providing any explanation as to why he delayed the announcement for so long and ultimately avoided the fight with me.

“It has been a very frustrating period as I’d been due to fight in December against Devon Alexander, however, I was strongly advised to not take this fight as I would be facing Floyd this May – and therefore signed my side of the contract on this belief.

“Floyd was keen to engage with the fans and so decided to let them choose who he should fight in his next bout. I clearly won his official poll, by a significant margin, but for unknown reasons he decided to ignore the fans vote and failed to keep his word. Disappointing many fight fans who took the time to vote.

“I genuinely wish Marcos and Floyd all the best for their fight – two great fighters. As a team we have now moved on and are looking at different options.

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