Fratricide or Insecticide?

By Robert Ecksel on July 4, 2014
Fratricide or Insecticide?
“He’ll be coming up against an immovable object. He’ll be like a bug hitting a windscreen.”


If boxing can survive Tyson Fury it can survive anything. The undefeated heavyweight contender continues to make waves. It’s less what he does with his fists, which is considerable, that roils the water of propriety than what he does with his mouth, which by gosh and begorrah just won’t quit.

Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) is preparing for his July 26 rematch with Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KOs) at Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester, England. Del Boy also has a mouth on him, but he sounds, if not quite sane, almost engaging compared to Tyson Fury.

When the two men fought in July 2011, Fury handed Chisora his first defeat. The Zimbabwean has suffered other defeats since then, but his losses were to bona fide challengers, not to the hodgepodge of fighters Fury has fought.

But the giant is not taking Del Boy lightly, nor should he. The winner of this fight earns the WBO number one ranking and a chance to fight the Big Kahuna, Wladimir Klitschko. In anticipation of that match, Fury is pushing himself harder than he ever pushed himself before, and in ways that are as unconventional as Fury himself.

“Pushing a tractor is a killer,” he says. “If anybody thinks it’s easy, come down here and have a try and you’ll see. The tractor is over three tons, it takes every last ounce of strength in my body, but I’m pushing it back. With every push of the tractor wheel, all I’m thinking about is puncturing Chisora’s face with every punch I throw.”

It’s no harder to imagine Fury pushing a three-ton trailer than it is to imagine him thinking about “puncturing” Del Boy’s face.

“When Chisora’s in front of me and he’s trying to bulldoze his way in, he’ll be coming up against an immovable object, he’ll be like a bug hitting a windscreen.”

That’s a wonderful quote and may have earned Fury a spot in the Boxing Trash Talk Hall of Fame. But there is more, as is often the case with the voluble Tyson Fury.

“Another killer exercise is flipping the tractor tire. It’s probably the best all round strength exercise there is. Flipping the tire uses the back, chest, arm and leg muscles, while pulling the tire back uses the inner core strength involving the stomach muscles. The actual boxing is easy compared to this.

“It’s hell, but this is where the real champions are made. Train hard and brutal and the fights are easy, don’t train like this and fights are murder. That’s my motto.”

Yes, Fury even has a motto.

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  1. The Tache 03:46pm, 07/06/2014

    I don’t care what shape Fury is in, or how good or otherwise a fighter he may be. He will still be a massive bellend whatever. Hope Chisora can land a big overhand right that Fury seems to be a sucker for.

  2. Lurch 12:54pm, 07/04/2014

    Tyson isn’t a bad fighter but he isn’t championship caliber either. Kind of like a latter day Buddy Baer or Jim Beattie. @Irish, I was wondering how or why any fighter, even a heavyweight, could have “love handles,” or rolls of flesh on their bodies, especially 10 round fighters. I mean your cardio has to be up for the task of boxing 10-12 rounds. That would take loads of running, sparring, etc., Looks like that would melt the pounds off, especially with a strict diet.

  3. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 10:57am, 07/04/2014

    Bet you a dollar to a dog turd he still has those dadgummed love handles.

  4. Houdini of Cuisini 09:18am, 07/04/2014

    I’ve been pushing tractors and flipping tractor tires for my upcoming bout against Joey Chestnut in the Nathan’s July 4th hot dog eating contest. I hope that sh*t works for me. I think I can beat the Black Widow, and couple of others, but Joey is a beast.

  5. Eric 08:16am, 07/04/2014

    Is this the guy training for the World’s Strongest Man competition or a boxing match? Before Ali, almost every athlete tried to pull off a false modesty act, after Ali, a bunch of clowns decided to be Ali posers. Of course there are still some of those false modesty dudes around too. Look at Tyson during the first phase of his career, the guy tried to come off as some sort of boy scout or choir boy. Where is Andrew Golota when you need him?

  6. Clarence George 07:53am, 07/04/2014

    Ha!  Judging by your wit, Robert, you must make a very dry Martini…just a spritz of vermouth with an atomizer somewhere in the zip code.

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