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    By Ted Sares

    Tyson Fury —The Gypsy King-- possesses a sharp Irish wit. True, he’s putting everybody on half the time, but that’s what blarney is all about. He’s a born showman and is rarely at a loss for words or afraid to throw stuff out there. Heavyweight boxing hasn’t had this type in a long time—maybe not since Ali.

    Curiously, the forgoing was written before he went into the deep depths of hell brought about by depression and substance abuse. He was pretty much written off as a one-off phenom. In fact, things got so bad that David Haye once said, in response to Fury’s homophobic tweets,: “It seems @Tyson_Fury needs to ease up on his ‘Medication’ or seek an Exorcist, or he’ll get sectioned at this rate #StraightJacketRequired”

    Fast Forward

    But lo and behold, that was then and this is now and he has made one of the greatest comebacks in sports history (with a nod to Ali and Tiger Woods) showing a will and determination rarely seen anywhere. This should not be downplayed. When combined with his ability to get up from Deontay Wilder’s best shot in the final round of their fight, that determination—that will, borders on the surreal.

    And he is an entirely different person. This is not the same person who told reporters they can s**k his balls. No, this Fury donated his entire purse from the Wilder fight to several UK charities that specialize in providing housing for recovering addicts and alcoholics. Said Fury, “I did give away my last purse, but I don’t do charity work for a pat on the back…I do it to help people, but I do not want praise for it, I don’t want to be called a do-gooder.”

    This is not a Nikolai Valuev or a Primo Canera. The new Fury is fast, fights backwards, forwards, orthodox, southpaw, and has great upper body movement. He fights in a relaxed and fluid manner, but is a ruthless closer. This Fury enjoys what he does unlike fellow-Brit Anthony Joshua who seemed visibly uncomfortable in New York City recently. Heck, Fury is made for The Big Apple.

    Anyone who is 6’9” and can switch stances and slip seven punches in a row much like Pernell Whitaker was able to do and then immediately come back with a deadly volley to initiate the beginning of a ruthless end (with Schwarz bloodied and under brutal attack, the bout was waved off), warrants the attention of every serious boxing fan.

    After referee Kenny Bayless finished his count, Fury came across the ring after the poor German like something out of a horror movie as he closed the show. It bears a second and third look.

    "I got a big man out of there by switching it up. He caught me with a couple but you can't go swimming and not get wet." said Fury (now 28-0-1). As an aside, the Gypsy King went to Schwarz’s locker room to console him after the fight.

    “He needed to make a statement tonight. When he walks to that ring, he becomes someone else. All that he has in the back of his head, is Deontay Wilder. He wants that revenge. He showed strength, power, determination and that killer instinct.” -- Tyson’s father John Fury.

    He made that statement.

    The Future

    Now attention turns to his next fight with Kubrat Pulev, his IBF mandatory, his most like likely opponent. (Of course, Pulev must refrain from kissing his female interviewers.) Such a matchup would be more competitive and even risky. As Caryn Tate of Boxing.com says, “The sooner Fury and the rest of the heavyweights at the top of the division fight each other, the better. The plethora of tune-ups in this sport have got to stop.”

    In a sport/business that overwhelms us with nonstop legal bickering and suspected/real use of PEDs, this affable and candid giant is a breath of badly needed fresh air.

    “I was in the car on the way with my wife and I said 'I think we've made it Paris'. She said why and I said 'We're headlining in Vegas! This is it!'” -- Tyson Fury

    Later, he said, "I came here to have fun and enjoy myself. I don't take it too seriously. I thought I put on a good show and the fans got what they paid for."

    Ted Sares is a member of Ring 8, a lifetime member of Ring 10, and a member of Ring 4 and its Boxing Hall of Fame. He also is an Auxiliary Member of the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA). He is an active power lifter and Strongman competitor in the Grand Master class.

    Photo credit: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

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  • #2
    Fury can kiss men but Pulev can't lay one on a lady?

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      Pulev was set up by Sushi big time.

  • #3
    Did the media go all LGBT qwazzy when Fury kissed Seferi?

    I'm sure it was unwanted, why no outcry over that? Oh I know!

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      Arreola is a bigger kisser than anyone. It's ok in boxing IMO. A deep show of respect. Fury has always treated his opponents with respect post-fight.

  • #4
    Like when Victor Ortiz raped Floyd Jr. with his vicious lips?

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      Ortiz was/is a strange person. I believe he is in some trouble right now but I would need to research that. I never could understand his propensity to quit when he was in trouble. Started with Maidana and ended with Berto. Very strange.

  • #5
    Fury was an unmitigated ASSSHOLE to Wlad K, and why?

    Klitscho gave the fool a title shot! And got ZERO respect for it.

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      That was a different person. And yes, he was an ******* then. But I believe meds and faith in humanity and his wife, Paris, and support from his family, have changed him to become a very decent human being and one that I can get behind.

  • #6
    This version of Fury (Fury 2.0) is a lot more attractive to the public than the old, mental Fury. I hope he doesn't fight Jerrel Miller as is rumoured as
    Miller failed his PED tests in Epic fashion and should be banned from the ring for at least a year.

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      I totally agree with that. Miller needs a year on the outside looking in.

  • #7
    Nice feedback from Lee Samuels via email: "Great story Ted You are right / Fury plays with the media the way Ali used to
    Best
    Lee '

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    • Kid Blast
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      Also from Bob Mlandinich: "Good one, Ted, although I’m not entirely sold on the big guy. Can’t forget Steve Cunningham knocking him down. Love the photo of Joe Louis and Sandy Saddler and am now huge fan of Andy Ruiz. I don’t think he’s a one trick pony. Keep up the great work."

  • #8
    And from Charlie Dwyer:

    "You nailed it."

    ( nice photo of 2 Detroiters )


    Charley

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      • Kid Blast
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        I rest my case

    • #10
      Johnny Tango via email: “I did give away my last purse, but I don’t do charity work for a pat on the back…I do it to help people, but I do not want praise for it, I don’t want to be called a do-gooder.”

      One can't help but like a guy like Fury.

      On another note, what's up with these out-of-shape bodies in the heavyweight division i.e. Arreola, Ruiz, and Fury? These guys look nothing like Louis Monaco -- my all-time body favorite!

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        Monaco has been knocked more times than Carter has pills.

    • #11
      Another from Tango re Ortiz: Ortiz was/is a strange person. I believe he is in some trouble right now but I would need to research that."

      FYI: Ortiz is facing rape charges from last year. He plead innocent late last year and I don't think it's been to court as of yet.

      I'd watch a fight between Ortiz and Rios at whatever weight. The two hate each other!

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      • Kid Blast
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        Happiness (for me) is having fun on one of my threads while eating lite yogurt and drinking lemonade.

    • #12
      Fury was fun to watch last week. He came out to make a statement and certainly did. I still think he is heads and shoulders above everyone else in the division. If he fights Wilder again (assuming Ortiz does not get to Wilder first), I think Fury coasts to an easy win and cements his place as the best heavyweight in the sport.

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      • Kid Blast
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        I agree.................

      • Kid Blast
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        Testing testing
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