Mayweather Defense 2.0

By Robert Ecksel on November 27, 2018
Mayweather Defense 2.0
“You start swinging, that's welcome to my world.” (Action Images/Andrew Couldridge)

Fury is many things, but a sitting duck isn’t among them. He will be on his worst behavior. He will be hard to catch…

Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, in the most significant heavyweight title fight in years, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs), the explosive “Bronze Bomber” from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, will defend his title against Tyson Fury (27-0, 19 KOs), the undefeated lineal heavyweight champion from Manchester in the UK.

With all the shucking and jiving about who’s the best preceding the fight, kudos to Wilder and Fury for agreeing to get it on. But those expecting the war to end all wars this weekend might want to take a moment to listen to Tyson Fury.

“This is a fight that everyone’s going to want to watch,” Fury said. “I’m coming here to defeat cruiserweights and to me you’re only a few pounds over the cruiserweight limit. And when you feel 19, 18 stone on the jaw and you feel it sooner or later—your defense is quite leaky, you throw wild punches, you’re eager to land.”

Wilder is as wild as his name suggests. He can fight, but what he does in the ring isn’t boxing by the book. Notwithstanding his curious footwork and wide looping punches, if he lands, when he lands, it usually means lights out for the man he’s fighting. But Wilder won’t find a stationary target in LA. Fury is many things, but a sitting duck isn’t among them. He will be on his worst behavior. He will be hard to catch.

“When I get going I will jump on you. I will get you out of there for sure. And when you start swinging, that’s welcome to my world, Christmas come early.”

Fury is the boxer in the boxer-puncher paradigm. He moves beautifully for a man his size, mystifying challengers unaccustomed to his style and substance. But Wilder is a one-off. Having started too late to master the fundamentals, he relies on his fearsome power, and grace and tradition be damned.

“Them big swings,” added Fury, “I’ve got the Floyd Mayweather heavyweight defense. Nobody can land a swing on me! Nobody from any direction, up and coming, round the corner, I see them all. So unless you’re going to bring something I’ve not seen before, which is very unlikely…then you can’t beat me. You haven’t got a prayer.”

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  1. Old Yank 11:18am, 12/01/2018

    Mayweather entered the ring against Hatton with odds in his favor, but nearly at an historic low for Mayweather. There is something about Brits. They tend to wager far too much with their hearts and far too little with their heads.

    The Wilder/Fury odds nearly slammed shut after the highly emotional interview Fury did with Joe Rogan. For that point forward, nearly 80% of the new money was on Fury.

    Newsflash! Neither Rogan or fans emotionally driven to tears will be in the ring against Wilder.

    Folks looking to wager on Wilder have been handed a gift—a huge, emotion-driven gift, a la Hatton hyped to the nines for his bout with Mayweather.

    Yup, Fury will look good until he’s asleep on the canvas. Wilder fans? Grab the odds gift while you can. I suspect they will widen again as the Brit money subsides in the closing hours.

  2. Lucas McCain 07:51am, 11/28/2018

    I still feel Fury has gone for this six months or a year too soon, and a couple of tuneups short of the good hand, but the fight does have real possibilities, and has my telephone trigger-finger itching to call Showtime.  Speaking of bad-behavior, awkward heavies, too bad Oscar Bonavena isn’t the mix.  Old-time English majors could be chuckling about the Oscar-Wilder fight, but you can’t have everything.

  3. Erect On Demand 11:33am, 11/27/2018

    Fury didn’t see that hellacious Wilder class hook that Cunningham flattened him with. After that, Fury put on a pretty decent imitation of Jack Johnson going after the much smaller Ketchel! Cunningham was smaller that night but he was no Ketchel, weighing in fight night as a heavyweight with an 82” reach.

  4. Erect On Demand 10:35am, 11/27/2018

    What if Wilder throws that double pincer punch ala Pascal?! Oh wait, he saw that one too on HBO Saturday!

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