Wladimir Klitschko To Fight Tyson Fury in October

He popped on my radar screen a few years ago, with me deciding that he has probably the best name in boxing.

Tyson Fury.

One part Baddest Man on the Planet reference, one part suggestion of top in-ring trait…Solid.

The accomplishments, or maybe the opportunity, has caught up with the pizzazz of the name, it seems, with word breaking that Tyson Fury has secured himself a title shot against Wladimir Klitschko.

The event was in the making, with a purse bid set for today, Monday, June 6. But the teams came together on terms, so big Wlad will take on bigger Fury, who is promoted by Hennsessey Sports, and who has tagged himself the “Gypsy King.”

He certainly acts with a flair and presence on social media, where today he Tweeted, “If I can’t knock out a 40 year old…must be useless…Klitschko is getting smashed.”

That smashing, or thrashing in reverse, will unfold in Dusseldorf, Germany in the third week of October. You can watch the tussle on HBO, according to K2 boss Tom Loeffler.

Now, to be exacting, Klitschko is 39, will be 40 next March. To be more exacting, the 6-6 guy with a 64-3 (53 KOs) record will be heavily favored against he 26-year-old with a 24-0 (18 Kos) mark. Fury, a Brit who is proud of his “gypsy” (aka Traveller) blood, has pretty much feasted on lesser lights on his way up. That said, he’s been tested some, like when he met ultra-solid Steve Cunningham in April 2013. He scored a TKO win there, and showed himself to be a free swinging lug who moves better than you might expect for one so-sized. But that free swinging style could bite him against the methodical “technician of sorts” Klitschko, who has mastered the punch n clinch style, not so fan friendly, but great for accumulating wins.

Here is the release which went out, touting the scrap:

K2 PROMOTIONS AND HENNESSY SPORTS REACH DEAL

FOR KLITSCHKO VS. FURY

Heavyweight World Championship set for

Saturday, October 24 in Dusseldorf, Germany

Panama City, Panama (July 6, 2015) K2 Promotions and Hennessy Sports reached an agreement today prior to the scheduled World Boxing Association purse bid for the highly anticipated Heavyweight World Championship between long-reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko and #1 ranked challenger Tyson Fury.

“We’re very happy to reach an agreement with Hennessy Sports for this great heavyweight title matchup,” said Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions, promoter of Klitschko. “The fight will be held in Dusseldorf, Germany on Saturday, October 24.”

Holder of the WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO and “Ring Magazine” Heavyweight Titles, Klitschko improved to 64-3-0 with 54 knockouts on April 24 with a dominant 12-round unanimous decision over then undefeated and #1 ranked challenger Bryant Jennings at Madison Square Garden.

The win was Klitschko’s 18th consecutive world title defense and his 22nd straight victory. His title reign is second in heavyweight history only behind the great Joe Louis.

Sporting an unblemished record of 24-0-0 with 18KO’s, Fury is coming off an eighth round stoppage of Christian Hammer on February 28 in London, England. He also owns two victories over top contender Dereck Chisora and a stoppage win of former cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham.

Fury will be the sixth undefeated fighter Klitschko has faced amongst his last seven title defenses.

Friends, tell us your thoughts; Fury have a shot against Wlad, who last lost in 2004?

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COMMENTS

-Radam G :

I will believe it when I see it. I doubt that this scrap happens on schedule. Holla!


-Froggy :

Well Fury will get the payday of his life to go along with the boxing lesson of his life !


-Chris L :

Fury's got a better shot than the rest


-deepwater2 :

Fury will bother WK in the ring and out of the ring. I favor Fury


-Bernie Campbell :

I even think Vlad could humiliate Tyson in a Chess Match! Bring on DeAntay and Joshua too!


-Domenic :

I'm looking forward to this. I think Fury is a live dog who, in addition to his size advantage, is hungry, been improving, seemingly unafraid, and should make a real fight of it. Klitschko may be too much, but I think they'll be some serious anxious moments in there. I'm taking Klitschko, but won't be surprised if he gets clipped and stopped. Hopefully HBO airs it at 5:00 EST live.


-mortcola :

Exciting to get excited about someone who might actually have a powerball’s chance of beating WK. Fury is easy to hit, has an average chin at best, is a huge target, moves OK but does not avoid punches well. He has never had an easy time against a B-level or better fighter, and should be mostly a large punching bag for WK, who will never be tricked or maneuvered into getting hit by anything in Fury’s somewhat crude arsenal. Tyson talks big, but he’s no more than a 13-foot tall Cris Arreola. After a little measuring and typical WK cautious calculating, a long straight right will land on Fury, and those long legs will be nothing but wobbly tree trunks, and Klitschko a lumberjack. Sorry, there’s nothing except any fighter’s hypothetical puncher’s chance to think Fury can win. He is so far below WK in savvy about how to set up his punches and arrange just the space he needs to work in that this will look like a mismatch before the first pretzel is eaten. But Fury will say some funny things.


-brownsugar :

I agree with most of what has been said.....both the pros and the cons. WK reminds me of Mayweather to a small degree, .....because WK is not afraid of winning the ugly way,... Despite the sterling KO percentage, WK will sometimes employ some questionable tactics to secure the victory. ( speaking specifically of his recent bouts with Provetkin and Jennings). While those fights were marred by frequent grappling, you have to admire WK for being ruthless enough to shamelessly employ any method necessary to win. WK will have a specially designed strategy for Tyson as well. But what of Tyson? One of the few boxers who can win fights against top level pro's, yet is capable of playing his own piano accompaniment to his own tear inducing rendition of "Oh Danny Boy" ? Fury who has performed like a buffoon in some fights displayed some incredibly honed boxing skills against one time contender-turned-stepping-stone Kevin Smith. Even beating Smith more thoroughly than Wlad's big bro Vitali did. Fury also defeated the irascible and pesky Del Boy Derrick (I'll spit-water-face-but-dont- glass-me) Chisora twice...... Fury even managed to force Derrick to quit on his stool in the tenth round of their second fight and stopped a determined former cruiserweight (Steven USS Cunningham) in only two rounds. Even though the fight looked like a fluke, Tyson used his size advantage to ice the usually resourceful Cunningham in a way that could be described as devastating. With Fury in the opposite corner, anything can happen, I will acknowledge that WK is the bigger puncher and better boxer, but Fury has a way of making the unexpected happen. I think Fury has a better chance than many of the no-hopers who have fought WK in the past, an upset would not greatly surprise me.


-Ramrod Jab :

I just hope now it is Oct 24th and thats that! No messing, Tyson Fury has had bad luck in the past, e.g. big mouth Haye, who is now completely irrelevant, and even bad luck with Klitschko so I hope now he finally gets his chance and I have Fury in this one, Wlad won't be able to impose himself on Fury like he has with other fighters and I still believe Tyson is someone who works better when there is a big task ahead of him I don't believe the world has seen what Tyson Fury can really do yet, he showed great Boxing vs. Hammer and I think he will show the world skills on the 24th of October that nobody could believe he could do, definitely saying Fury the winner here.


-Domenic :

Mortcola - Fury did take the uppercut he hit himself with very well though. I'm with you, I think Klitschko wins, but it almost has a 2005 Sam Peter feel to it (for me at least). It's a dangerous fight where Klitschko will have to work hard all night (he won't have the luxury of putting his weight on TF). Also, I think Fury will be up for this fight like no other, so that intangible plays a part. I'm still taking Klitschko, but I don't see it as decisively definitive as you do (I too am a Wladimir Klitschko supporter, so it's not a wishful thinking deal). But hey, the good news is we've got a significant heavyweight fight on the horizon. And the build up should be comical (Fury will be talking non-stop, Briggs will be on hand raising hell, etc; probably won't be boxing's finest pre-fight hour).


-deepwater2 :

I think Fury wins. I wonder what the odds will open up as? Maybe WK a 3-1 favorite? Bartley Gorman is the real king of the gypsies but Fury might be the first Traveling man as the heavyweight champ of the world. It will be a very interesting promotion.


-Ramrod Jab :

What a fighting man Bartley Gorman was. John Furys cousin.


-Yogo :

I just hope now it is Oct 24th and thats that! No messing, Tyson Fury has had bad luck in the past, e.g. big mouth Haye, who is now completely irrelevant, and even bad luck with Klitschko so I hope now he finally gets his chance and I have Fury in this one, Wlad won't be able to impose himself on Fury like he has with other fighters and I still believe Tyson is someone who works better when there is a big task ahead of him I don't believe the world has seen what Tyson Fury can really do yet, he showed great Boxing vs. Hammer and I think he will show the world skills on the 24th of October that nobody could believe he could do, definitely saying Fury the winner here.
Hey Tyson is that you?:D


-Yogo :

I just hope now it is Oct 24th and thats that! No messing, Tyson Fury has had bad luck in the past, e.g. big mouth Haye, who is now completely irrelevant, and even bad luck with Klitschko so I hope now he finally gets his chance and I have Fury in this one, Wlad won't be able to impose himself on Fury like he has with other fighters and I still believe Tyson is someone who works better when there is a big task ahead of him I don't believe the world has seen what Tyson Fury can really do yet, he showed great Boxing vs. Hammer and I think he will show the world skills on the 24th of October that nobody could believe he could do, definitely saying Fury the winner here.
Hey Tyson, is that you?:D


-deepwater2 :

the odds are as follows: Klit -400 Fury +400 Bet 100 on Fury and you will make a nice profit if he wins. I think The odds will get close to even by the time the fall comes. Tyson will talk his way into the mainstream. Klit is getting old and is boring and hasn't fought a 6 ft 9 live man. I think you can hedge the bets. Put money on Fury now. when the odds shrink put money on Klit. Either way I think Fury is the future and will win.


-amayseng :

Finally an intriguing match up for sure. I dont think Fury has enough savvy to take the title for WK. WK too well schooled and composed enough to bore us to a UD and smile all the way home.


-deepwater2 :

hey its better than Wilder fighting bums.


-amayseng :

hey its better than Wilder fighting bums.
Oh I agree and am not complaining. I think it will be a challenge, I just am expecting WK to clinch 170 times following every triple jab to control pace and keep Fury from being offensive. I hope I am wrong and we get an exciting fight.


-Grimm :

Jab-jab. Jab-jab. Jab-jab. Jab-jab. Jab. Jab-jab-jab. Jab. Ja--- oops - there's the right hand - smack! Over and out, in 2-3 rounds. For a well-schooled boxer bred on a diet of straight punching, it can be a blessing to fight an equally big man - especially if and when he's a lesser boxer. And there's a universe between Klitschko and Fury. Keep your money in your pocket, D2.


-Pazuzu :

Oh I agree and am not complaining. I think it will be a challenge, I just am expecting WK to clinch 170 times following every triple jab to control pace and keep Fury from being offensive. I hope I am wrong and we get an exciting fight.
I think WK will not be able to control Fury with the jab and clinch the way he does smaller fighters. Smaller guys have to come inside against Wladimir, which makes them sucseptible to the clinch. Fury has the size and range to stay outside. And when Fury does come in, he's big enough to work out of the clinch, or even use his size as leverage against WK to tire him out. This won't be like the Pulev fight. Klitschko will have to change up his game plan to win this one. How he performs will tell us a lot about the depth of his mastery of the sweet science.


-mortcola :

WK did his least clinching against his biggest opponents. He neatly outboxed and outhunted Wach, who as almost as tall as Furry and much stronger and more solid, really broke him apart, and even took one of his pure haymakers before spinning and countering him neatly; He dismantled and concussed Tony Thompson, figuring out the answers to that odd and tricky style without any annoying time wasting. I just see Fury as an overachiever who will b easily outboxed because, among other things, he is not very well coordinated, and pretty easy to hit. I don?t think bigger guys give WK much to worry about. As an accurate puncher who ALWAYS establishes the distance he wants to fight at, I see him drilling Fury with much more accurate full-leverage right hands and stopping him fairly early. Styles make fights. Chisora and Cunningham aren?t comparable to WK in any physical, technical ways. I?ll take large bets on this one. I see Fury being humiliated.


-amayseng :

I think WK will not be able to control Fury with the jab and clinch the way he does smaller fighters. Smaller guys have to come inside against Wladimir, which makes them sucseptible to the clinch. Fury has the size and range to stay outside. And when Fury does come in, he's big enough to work out of the clinch, or even use his size as leverage against WK to tire him out. This won't be like the Pulev fight. Klitschko will have to change up his game plan to win this one. How he performs will tell us a lot about the depth of his mastery of the sweet science.
Good point. I need to research and watch some tape on Fury I have not seen much of him and what I did see was a year or two ago. It would be nice to have an exciting hw fight for once.


-Domenic :

WK is under-appreciated. His work will gain some traction as the years go by. We're talking about heavyweights, 4 months out. Beautiful.


-Pazuzu :

Good point. I need to research and watch some tape on Fury I have not seen much of him and what I did see was a year or two ago. It would be nice to have an exciting hw fight for once.
Same here. I want to watch more tape before the fight as well. Despite the age difference, I expect Klitschko will have better conditioning, which could be a deciding factor in the late rounds. He's a better boxer as well, but I've always had the suspicion that Klitschko's dominace owed more to his size than anything else (his intelligence and discipline being his next best assets. Boxing skills comes in towards the bottom of the list). Anyway, without checking BoxRec, I can't remember the last time WK faced a bigger fighter. Fury has a four inch reach advantage, I believe. If he is knows how to use it, and shows some discipline while pushing the action (which I'm not sure he has the skills to do), it could be a very interesting fight. And, of course, both guys can knock your head clean off with a single shot. So we got that going for us. Which is nice.


-Radam G :

Good point. I need to research and watch some tape on Fury I have not seen much of him and what I did see was a year or two ago. It would be nice to have an exciting hw fight for once.
Just don't holla at the video where T "Fist of" Fury throw a punch and hit himself. Hehe! He was just bulljiving. Holla!