The Tyson Fury Show has been a hit with the British public ever since his debut some 2 yrs ago. It’s the kind of reality TV career that sees him as the larger than life hero to reclaim British vigor in the Big Man division, but that also reveals him to be something of the panto villain with his braggadocio styled off the cuff challenges to big name British Heavies and silly Twitter feuds with Andre Dirrell.
These and other “transgressions” outrage his critics into a froth that whet their desire to see the 22 yr old Fury stretched for the count.
In spite of a smooth, impressive start, his career has started to spit and sputter as the 22yr old oversized manchild struggles to grow into his faster growing fame while negotiating murky boxing politics that have killed untold numbers of talented hungry boxers long before he was ever born. His notoriety has risen to the point where potential opponents expect to be paid well to fight him, and perhaps his team is not up to the tricky task of negotiating fights at this level.
I note these observations on the eve of his attempt to claw his way onto the February 19th card at Wembley Stadium after his initial attempt to fight former WBO champ Frans Botha were shot down by the British Boxing Board of Control. More attempts with more prospective opponents followed, all to fall out for varied reasons, but now the breaking news is that a 30 yr old 6’5 Brazilian knockout specialist, Marcelo Luiz Nascimento, 13-0, 11 KO, only needs to pass the medical to be approved.
Marcelo Luiz Nascimento is precisely the ammunition Fury’s furious critics need to further ravage Fury’s career due to Nascimento being unknown outside of Brazil and probably not that well known within Brazil. With only 27 rounds in the bank against mostly novice fighters, it’s fair to say he is probably on level to Rich “Super” Power whom Fury battered about the ring last year in his American debut.
It’s also fair to say that regardless of whether or not Tyson Fury can make this Saturday’s Wembley card, he can never quite be the youthful, happy go lucky, big punching goof he used to be after his father and mentor, John Fury, was sentenced to 11 yrs behind bars after a fight at a car auction left another man grievously injured.
Bad news like this is not something a young man can plan for. It comes like the unseen sucker punch to the pit of the stomach that can leave anybody floundering about, struggling to regain their balance and bearings.
The whole family is in shock and will be forced to adjust, of course, but how this will influence the career of young Fury has yet to be played out.
The good news coming out of the Fury camp had been how legendary Manny Steward had seen fit to take him under his wing and show him a first class operation. As you can see, he’s getting some stellar sparring and seems quite happy to be training at such a level. It remains to be seen if Steward will actually work the corner for a fight, though.
Where the Tyson Fury Show goes from here is anybody’s guess, but he says he wants to take it all the way to the top, so there it is for now, still aiming for this Saturday at Wembley on the way to the top.