The heavyweight title fight between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko was an ugly one. Fury and Klitschko spent the majority of the fight staring at each other in anticipation of punches that were never thrown. Luckily for Tyson Fury, Wladimir Klitschko looked catatonic in this fight and decided to hold instead of punch. Tyson Fury is now the majority shareholder of the heavyweight title, but I’m even more convinced that Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua would defeat both Fury and Klitschko if these men ever fought.
Tyson Fury is getting a lot of praise for a putrid performance. Yes, Fury beat Wladimir Klitschko fair and square, but he looked awful doing it. According to CompuBox, Fury landed 86 of 371 punches for a 23 percent connection rate. That’s a dreadful stat for a heavyweight title fight.
Fury is fortunate that Klitschko’s showing was even worse than his. Klitschko landed 52 of 231 punches for a 23 percent connection rate. This anemic punch output shows that Klitschko’s age has finally caught up to him. His hand speed was slow, and he was unable to put his punches together. He was stagnate to say the least.
People are praising Fury’s performance, but they shouldn’t. Fury wasn’t good against Klitschko. He was just less terrible than Klitschko, which I don’t think is something that’s deserving of praise.
After watching this abysmal bout, I’m completely convinced that Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua are the future of heavyweight boxing. I would pick both of them to beat either Fury or Klitschko right now. Fury and Klitschko looked awkward and demonstrated poor athleticism with their footwork. They both have clumsy feet. Wilder and Joshua have much faster and more agile feet than Fury and Klitschko.
Both Fury and Klitschko threw telegraphed punches. Fury’s hand speed is better than Klitschko’s, but I wouldn’t call it fast. His right-cross is looping and predictable. Wilder throws wide, looping punches too, but his punches possess much more velocity than Fury’s. Anthony Joshua’s punches are straighter and more controlled than any boxer in the heavyweight division.
Klitschko has one-punch power, but he can no longer land his right accurately. Fury has decent power, but lacks one-punch knockout ability. Wilder and Joshua have proven that they have power in abundance.
Tyson Fury may have more belts than any other heavyweight, but I think he would lose them if he fought Deontay Wilder or Anthony Joshua. With that being said, I think 9 out of 10 fight fans would rather see Wilder vs. Joshua than Fury vs. anyone else. I think the path to being the undisputed heavyweight champ runs through Wilder and Joshua. Fury is just a detour.