Much was expected from the time Tyson Fury barged into the heavyweight scene from 2009 when he was knocking out one journeyman after another. At 6’9” and about 250 to 260 pounds, Fury was looked upon as a dominant force in the ring in the future especially with the two giants from Ukraine ruling the heavyweight division—Vitali and Vladimir Klitschko—nearing their retirement age.
For those who still don’t know, Fury’s first name had something to do with his father’s fascination with Mike Tyson (who else?). And based on an article “Unbeaten heavyweight Tyson Fury reveals a dark side to his personality” published in www.theguardian.com, it looks like he also has issues to deal with in the psychological side just like Mike Tyson. And both of them did not have a family life to talk about, with Tyson Fury’s parents, according to the article, always quarrelling, and his father landing in jail after figuring in a fight where one of his opponent’s eyes was destroyed and removed. On the other hand, Mike Tyson’s father abandoned his family when the future boxing champion was just two years old.
But in the ring, Fury and Tyson still look like night and day. Tyson, even if he is a lot smaller than Fury at 5’11” and 205 to 230 pounds, will always be remembered for stoking fear into the hearts of his opponents even before the bell for the first round rang.
Prior to his personal life getting messed up, Tyson was bludgeoning opponents much bigger than him. But it was only a matter of time that the mess in his personal life got to him in the ring that resulted to his first loss to Buster Douglas on February 11, 1990. Tyson would later lose to titleholders Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis and journeymen Danny Williams and Kevin McBride at the last years of his fighting career.
Despite losing his last two bouts, Tyson will always be remembered for his fast and furious fighting style and it would be hard to imagine if there would be someone like him in the next decade or two after his retirement in 2005. His record stands at 50-6 with 44 knockouts. Five of his losses were by stoppage or knockout.
Definitely, Tyson will always be remembered for the type of fury he brought into the ring.
But who would ever thought that Fury would be named Tyson by his father? Was he expecting that by naming his son Tyson, the would-be heavyweight champion of the world would eventually possess Tyson’s fury in the ring?
By the way the heavyweight title fight between Fury and Vladimir Klitschko unfolded over the weekend, it looks like Fury still does not have Tyson’s fury.
Even if it ended with a clear winner, Fury and Klitschko clinched too much and none of them was rocked seriously. There was also no real furious (no pun intended) exchange between the two giant heavyweights.
How does that compare on how Tyson stopped Trevor Berbick in two rounds when he won the heavyweight title on November 22, 1986? While Klitschko was a more formidable champion than Berbick, Fury stopping the Ukrainian in the later rounds would have been a more impressive performance.
I am not taking away credit from Fury because he clearly won and prepared well for the fight. He was also wise enough to not immediately rush into a title fight early in his career so would gain more experience. And with his size, he will definitely be hard to beat in the ring. Fury just needs more of Tyson’s fury to become more dominant.