Bombs Away: Fury vs. Wilder

By Robert Ecksel on November 19, 2013
Bombs Away: Fury vs. Wilder
With David Haye indisposed, perhaps permanently, Tyson Fury threw down the gauntlet.

“I think he’s a great heavyweight,” said Fury. “I think he’s going to be a killer. I think he’s a machine from America…”

Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KOs) and Deontay Wilder (30-0, 30 KOs) might be members of each other’s fan club.

“I think he’s a great heavyweight,” said Fury about Wilder. “I think he’s going to be a killer. I think he’s a machine from America. He’s a beast, a great fighter. It would be great for me to fight him.”

Wilder didn’t return the compliment, but primed the pump for an eventual showdown.

“The fight between me and Tyson Fury will definitely happen one day soon,” he said. “The hype has been building like it’s been planned and once it gets to the peak where it’s an absolute must that fight’s going to happen.”

With David Haye indisposed, perhaps permanently, Fury threw down the gauntlet. Turning to Twitter, the big Irishman issued a challenge to the knockout artist from Tuscaloosa.

@BronzeBomber,” he tweeted, “You’ve had banter with me and my promoter @HennessySports, so get someone to call Mick and lets give the fans a real fight!! @BronzeBomber you and me is the biggest and most exciting fight in world boxing!! You talk the talk @BronzeBomber, now it’s time to walk the walk!! @HennessySports February 8th, @Phones4uArena–”

Wilder didn’t respond, at least not immediately. But Fury is, among other things, impatient, so he took to Twitter again.

“Let’s get it on!! Lets see if the klitchkos r willing to fight the winner of @Tyson_Fury & @BronzeBomber @Klitschko @GoldenBoyBoxing @HennessySports. The only man I can think of who will fight me. Sounds like Bombe squaddddd. 30/0/30 vs the Furious1. @BronzeBomber @GoldenBoyBoxing.”

With the score two tweets to none, the Bronze Bomber replied.

“@Tyson_Fury the energy is so massive already Let come 2 agreements and final make it happen @GoldenBoyBoxing @HennessySports @Phones4uArena.”

If this fight is made it will be huge. Both men have loyal followings, and separating the wheat from the chaff interests more than millers.

The thinking is that the 25-year-old Fury is too unskilled, too uncoordinated for the Bronze Bomber, and if he could be dropped by blown-up cruiserweight Steve Cunningham, as he was in April, he’ll be dropped by Wilder as well.

But the 28-year-old Wilder has been handled with kid gloves. No one knows if he can take a punch for the simple reason that he hasn’t fought anyone who can throw a punch. In his last outing, against Nicolai Firtha, the former bronze medalist did get tagged on occasion. If the 21-10-1 “Stone Man” could reach him, presumably Fury can do the same.

Fury and Wilder can tweet challenges until the cows come home, but they don’t make their fights, their promoters do. Golden Boy has a big investment in Wilder and it may be too soon to match him against Fury. But there’s big money in them thar hills, and since Fury isn’t with Top Rank, maybe Richard Schaefer will roll the dice, instead of playing it safe, with the finest heavyweight in GBP’s stable.

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  1. NYIrish 04:51am, 11/21/2013

    It would be for the heavyweight championship of clumsy.

  2. Ted 01:19pm, 11/20/2013

    Perez vs Wilder

  3. Jack 12:50pm, 11/20/2013

    Forgot, Mike and Don, you guys are more than likely correct!!!!

  4. kid vegas 12:49pm, 11/20/2013

    Scary photo.

  5. Jack 12:46pm, 11/20/2013

    First: Fury must be suffering from brain damage already with an opinion of Wilder like that or he is delusional, expecting knowledgeable boxing fans to believe any of that BS. ( I am being facetious )
    Secondly: When is Wilder going to step up and fight someone that can “fight a little bit”, like Arreola, Del Boy, or Stiverne, not someone that got KO’d by Tye Fields!!!! 5 years, 30 fights and that is the level of opponent that you are fighting, something is seriously WRONG. Could it be that his brain trust knows what more than likely will happen, if he takes that step? Please, the guys that herald his basketball skills in relationship to movement and co-ordination transitioning to boxing need to view some of the overhead shots in his last fight. They are scary!!! IMO the only thing Wilder has is, power in both hands, mainly his right hand. His balance and punching mechanics are terrible for someone with 5 years experience and 30 fights, ( not to say he couldn’t improve with the right trainer ). I am not going to hold my breath on him stepping up.

  6. Don from Prov 09:29am, 11/20/2013

    If Wilder nails Fury with his right, game over.
    It might also appear that if Fury nails Wilder with anything, game over.

    Anyway, sounds to me like Fury is the one who wants to fight.

  7. Mike Casey 08:11am, 11/20/2013

    Funnily enough, I don’t think Fury would have too much of a problem with Wilder.

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