“The Sound of the Fury”

By Marc Livitz on November 30, 2015
“The Sound of the Fury”
We saw a case of the unstoppable force (Fury) against the immovable object (Klitschko).

Fury’s resounding win on Saturday was a big day for boxing, but not a headstone upon the multiple divisions below the big guys…

Tyson Fury met with the media yesterday at Macron Stadium in Bolton, Lancashire, England to discuss his titanic win over Wladimir Klitschko. Let’s hear it for the boy. Collectively speaking, Fury’s unexpected victory over long reigning heavyweight champion Klitschko this past Saturday night was a watershed moment for boxing. An explanation is necessary after such a sentiment is delivered. By and large, the 6’9” giant from Great Britain did what many felt was impossible. We saw a case of the unstoppable force (Fury) against the immovable object (Klitschko). Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) used a consistent pawing technique, also known as jabbing in some circles to keep the universally recognized heavyweight king at a literal arm’s length. In this sense, he was unstoppable, as in he did not stop in the full thirty-six minute contest held in Düsseldorf, Germany.

“Dr. Steelhammer” Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) was inexplicably immovable and much of it appeared to be by choice. Granted, Fury held a sizeable 3” height as well as 4” reach advantage, but to his credit he defied the odds in front of him in addition to the upper hand held by his opponent who was fighting within a home stadium away from home. For those of us who were tired of seeing one brother or the other atop the sport’s most historically coveted division, Tyson Fury’s victory was a sweet one, however it began to spoil as time elapsed in the ESPRIT arena.

Perhaps all that was missing in the ring was giant soapbox based on the giant Englishman’s short stab at a second career as a playwright. On and on and on he talked about his accomplishment that night and of course, he broke into song shortly thereafter. The bout which was originally scheduled for October 24th was certainly worth the delay, especially if it ticked off the one-sided crowd beyond measure to hear Fury’s rambling post-fight comments and singing voice.

In Bolton, Fury showed a bit more disdain for the media than Floyd Mayweather Jr. did in May after he boxed the ears off of Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas. “I made you guys eat your words”, said the victorious Floyd during the post-fight press conference in the MGM Arena. “I want you to write tomorrow about how I made you all eat your words.”

By sharp contrast, Tyson wasn’t as accommodating at his “me” moment across the pond. “That was a master class performance over the best fighter on the planet,” said the new heavyweight king. “No one else had landed any shots on the guy and that shows you what type of talent you’re messing with. Anyone who wants try and discredit my performance is pure jealous.”

Fair enough, yet his trainer, Uncle Peter Fury took matters a step further. Harry Houdini would have been proud of his joyful boasting. It was the legendary magician and escape artist who once quipped, “What the eyes and ears hear, the mind believes.”

Peter grabbed from the same bag of noise in Bolton when he added, “This is the greatest victory in heavyweight boxing since Ali versus Liston.” We’ll let them have their day, of course. Tyson Fury has earned it and he seemed content to have won convincingly over his Ukrainian foe through the duration of the contest as opposed to a quick ending. Maybe he felt he wouldn’t get the respect he coveted had he knocked out Klitschko early on in the bout. “I haven’t done something I didn’t believe I could do,” said Fury. “I outboxed him for twelve rounds rather than knocking him out in two and that is better.”

Tyson’s father John even got in on the action. He called the media in attendance “plastic” and asked they rise in unison and bow to his son. It’s interesting how the sound of the Fury family isn’t too different from that of the Compson family made famous in a novel which is slowly pushing towards the century mark in terms of shelf life. William Faulkner’s “The Sound and the Fury” closely followed a group of siblings and the story is told through their words as opposed to the author’s point of view. In short, they start big and eventually fall hard…very hard. Surprisingly enough, Faulkner borrowed the title for his book from William Shakespeare’s beloved “Macbeth.” The main character is fighting the depression of losing his wife and surmises that life is not worth living if one cannot surpass what has been done in the past.

In short argument, Tyson Fury’s resounding win on Saturday was a big day for boxing, but not a headstone upon the multiple divisions below the big guys. It was not bigger than Ali versus Liston, Louis versus Schemling or even (Mike) Tyson versus Douglas. Nevertheless, we should all let him have his day in the sun, even if it rarely shines for long in the British Isles.

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  1. Lamar 07:22pm, 12/03/2015

    Fury had his day in history. Klitschko time was coming all champions cannot stay on top forever.  Fury stayed to his game plan and for that he was victorious. For Fury, this was a milestone in his career. Can you imagine the length of time he had to wait to have an opportunity to do that for many years could say that he was victorious against a tough legend in an era that he has surpassed his primal stage (as far as age is concerned in boxing). So although I believe that his confidence level was through the roof and he was a bit too vocal, let the man have his time. He was not alone he may have the physical ingredients needed to win, but without the experience in that corner that was with him every step of the way had a essential part in his victory. The question is when he fights fury once again if (that’s a good size if) he gets the belts back will he call it quits? well only time will tell. Until we see what is entitled for us as a boxing community has to wait and see, let us congratulate the new champion and see how this will show in his life for the future in boxing,

  2. Tom 10:52am, 12/01/2015

    Some really mean spirited and condescending articles on this site since Fury won.

  3. Mike Casey 04:34am, 12/01/2015

    The lean and hungry fighters of the past who attained true greatness were fashioned from being born and raised in rotting and cramped housing, eating rats, being embroiled in street gang warfare and world wars, warding off a succession of life-threatening illnesses, being forced to listen to their parents’ idea of hip music, overcoming large boils and warts and being regularly thrashed to near death by their strict teachers. Happiness was forbidden and you had to walk 20 miles to the nearest bus stop. Where did those golden days go?

  4. Eric 09:07pm, 11/30/2015

    Wonder if anyone in the Fury clan speaks Pikey like the Brad Pitt character in the movie, “Snatch?” Fury’s reign might start to resemble that of Neon Leon’s back in the day.

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