Tony Bellew: Wilder Flattens Fury

By Robert Ecksel on August 17, 2018
Tony Bellew: Wilder Flattens Fury
“Tyson Fury is a vulnerable heavyweight, there's no two ways about that.” (Vasha Hunt)

“Styles make fights, but when you’re talking about Deontay Wilder, no-one knows what he is going to do…”

Former cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew knows which way the wind blows. He supports his countryman, especially in times of war, but cannot in good conscience pick Tyson Fury over Deontay Wilder.

With the second fight of his comeback imminent, Fury’s focus, such as it is, is on his opponent, Francesco Pianeta. But he’s thinking of Wilder, who crashed yesterday’s weigh-in, and the hard-hitting American presents a conundrum.

“At the minute,” Bellew told Sky Sports, “it’s a bit of a freak show with Tyson Fury,” and so it shall remain. “But to be fair he has been out of the ring for the best part of three years and he hasn’t lived the best lifestyle, so you can’t expect to come back into this sport and this business and take on top competitors.”

Being fair is the way to go. Fury shouldn’t rush things. He should take his time. There’s ring rust to contend with, in addition to a big Italian, before he starts fighting men fit to challenge him.

“He is definitely not ready for Deontay Wilder,” said Bellew. “Pianeta is a 6ft 5in, 17½ stone southpaw. How is that preparing him—in any way, shape or form—for a 6ft 7in, possibly the biggest puncher in the whole world?”

It is not. But preparing for Wilder won’t be easy. What he does with his freakish power isn’t boxing by the book, but its effectiveness is a given.

“Styles make fights, but when you’re talking about Wilder,” Bellew said, “no-one knows what he is going to do—because he doesn’t know either.”

That’s a backhand compliment if I ever heard one, which is better than no compliment at all.

Fury, for all his virtues and torrent of tweets, has not been tested and no one knows how he’ll react when the going gets tough. He has size, but lacks one-punch power, and questions about his chin and psyche remain.

“Tyson Fury is a vulnerable heavyweight, there’s no two ways about that,” added Bellew. “He is not a big man who can absorb everything. He is vulnerable and he can be hurt, and when you are coming across guys with the speed and explosive power … it isn’t good.

“Fury against Wilder would be over in three rounds, at the most.”

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  1. thrashem 10:39am, 08/18/2018

    Chico Chico stop listening to your own BS. Vegas is built by idiots like you.
    Really, take a break and think what these guys are saying. Rehab to Champ, look what that did for Oliver McCall. I believe he started crying in the 3rd and quit. Another black eye for boxing. You and Koolz should have a group hug before this fight. Stop thinking about Future Fury. His next pay check will go up his nose. Thee End!

  2. Lucas McCain 05:13am, 08/18/2018

    Haven’t seen the word “dosser” in a long time!  British slang is interesting—“put the nut in”=head butt, for example.  To add two cents: Bellew is probably right.  Fury will probably make Wilder look just that, swinging wildly, for the first few rounds, but unless he’s got his reflexes and stamina all the way back, he’s just too big a target to last beyond 5 or 6 rounds.

  3. Chico Salmon 09:12am, 08/17/2018

    We are definitely in the worst era for heavyweights since the man boob era of the early 80’s. Wilder-Fury-Joshua are about on the same level as Page-Tubbs-Witherspoon. Matter of fact, I might give the edge to fat boys from the early 80’s. Witherspoon did have some talent but lack of discipline stood in his way of enjoying a longer reign. As unremarkable as Fury is, he has more than enough to take back his title from Joshua and Wilder.

  4. Chico Salmon 08:24am, 08/17/2018

    Fury by TKO sometime around the 8th or 9th round. Wilder has the same style as two junior high school kids putting on the gloves in P.E.  Of course, kids nowadays probably don’t even take P.E., let alone put on the gloves.

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