It’s always best advised to take most of what heavyweight champion Tyson Fury says with a pinch of salt. The unbeaten giant says so many things – some controversial some just plain daft – and not all of his outbursts truly reflect what he is thinking. So what to make of Fury’s latest statement (yes, Fury had even more to say after yesterday’s astonishing press conference in Manchester!) – that he will fight Wladimir Klitschko on July 9th and then, that’s it, he’s emigrating to Los Angeles?
Watch the video filmed by Kugan Cassius over at IfilmTV (scroll below to find) if you cannot be bothered to read about the highlights today’s Tyson Fury-Wladimir Klitschko press conference gave us in Manchester, but either way, fans have to agree: Fury, out of shape (by his own admission) and not at all in love with boxing (far from it, Fury said today that he “hates” boxing) simply does not care what anyone thinks about him.
Can Dominic Breazeale put up a better showing than Charles Martin did when he fought new heavyweight star, and new IBF champ Anthony Joshua? That’s what people are asking now that “Trouble,” as the unbeaten 30-year-old is known has landed first crack at the belt A.J so ruthlessly and effortlessly ripped from Martin on April 9th. Another questions is, can Breazeale possibly do any worse than Martin did?
Unbeaten Irish star Carl Frampton was dubbed by some as The New Barry McGuigan after a few fights into a pro career that has now seen “The Jackal” capture two major belts as a super-bantamweight. Managed by the Irish legend who ruled the featherweight division for a short but shining time in the 1980s, Frampton’s next aim is to dethrone WBA featherweight king Leo Santa Cruz on July 30th. The motivation of becoming a two-weight champion and a big (or bigger) star in the US would be enough, but Frampton has an added motivation: that of “winning the WBA title back for Barry.”
Showing once again his star power, middleweight sensation Gennady Golovkin, with his easy, quick and decisive win over an over-matched but game Dominic Wade, drew in well over a million fight fans on HBO this past Saturday; 1.388 (at peak) to be exact. This is the news from ESPN.com and naturally, all at Team-GGG are thrilled. Golovkin, even when matched with a whopping great underdog everyone knows has next to no chance of derailing the Kazakhstan terror, attracts the fans.
Heavyweight king Tyson Fury will not care one jot, but David Haye – the man who twice pulled out of a fight with Fury – claims newly crowned IBF heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua would have too much for Fury if they fought “right now.” Speaking with Sky Sports, Haye went as far as to state how he doesn’t think Fury “has a shot in hell” against Joshua.
Unbeaten star in the making Terence Crawford will look to put his recent legal troubles behind him as he gets ready to take, arguably, his toughest fight thus far in Viktor Postol on July 23rd at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas. WBO junior-welterweight champ Crawford turned himself into police last week on charges including theft of services and criminal mischief, which occurred at an auto shop earlier on this month. Crawford is no bad guy and he was released the same day he turned himself in.
As he will be the first to admit himself, Carl Frampton’s February win over Scott Quigg, in which the Irish star added (briefly) the WBA super-bantamweight title to his IBF, was a dull affair. This will not be the case in the summer when Frampton moves up to featherweight to face Mexican warrior Leo Santa Cruz. The fight, still to have its date officially announced, will very possibly be a Fight of The Year candidate.
Frampton himself, in speaking with Irish-Boxing.com, promises fans there will be plenty of action.
It’s not at all surprising, but heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, upon hearing like the rest of us who newly crowned IBF heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua will be facing in his first title defence, decided to put the boot in. Taking to his oft-used Twitter page shortly after reading how Joshua will defend against Dominic Breazeale on June 25th, Fury started off by saying we should all give Joshua a break, as he is still learning and doesn’t need to face a killer in his maiden defence.
Though he has often been overly critical of the Klitschko brothers, Wladimir especially, deep down Tyson Fury respects both men as great champions. The trash-talk is back in full force right now, as is to be expected as Fury is getting ready to square off with Wladimir for a second time in his first title defence; so don’t expect any kind words from Tyson when he speaks about Klitschko. But Hughie Fury, Tyson’s cousin – who has never taken to the art of trash-talking the way Tyson has – has lots of respect for the Klitschko brothers and he isn’t afraid to say so.