Monthly Archives: July 2011

The Battle of Britain–Tyson Fury vs Derek Chisora

Fury vs Chisora

Both will enter sporting near identical 14-0 records with Fury having one more KO at 10 to Chisora’s 9 KOs. Fury is the English champ whereas Chisora will defend his British crown. Both talk a good fight with boasts of projected ring mayhem, but soon enough push will come to shove and they will have to step into the ring to prove it, thank goodness.

Ring Hijinks
Ring Hijinks

Fury of course is the jolly funsized man-child of boxing, all 21 years, 6-9 and 260+lbs of him equipped with a fast jab and nimble feet that belie a man of his size. Chisora is no wilting flower himself, standing some 6-2 and 240 stumpy lbs of solid development who thrives as a come forward fighter at ring center, exactly the style of Fury, so both get to use their natural styles if they choose.

This being boxing, we can’t say if either has any new wrinkles they will debut, but lately Fury has been seen under the tutelege of reknown Manny Steward who may have some influence in this fight and perhaps even be in Fury’s corner for the fight. That would seemingly translate to more powerful single punches, more footwork, and more clinching for Fury, but we shall have to wait and see.

Both have proven to be durable all action fighters at previous levels, so the fight should last a while if not be bitterly contested to the end. Fury fights at a higher pace with more punches, so off hand I tend to think his higher punch output could be the key to the fight if Chisora can’t keep pace.

The View From the Bottom
The View From the Bottom

Chisora has also been inactive of late, his last bout coming in September of last year, but he’s at least been in training while being caught up in the international merry go round between Wlad Klitschko and David Haye, so I’m thinking he should be well honed in a hard edge of frustration over being used as a pawn in the politics of world title negotiations.

Fury has twice beat a similar sized, styled and more experienced fighter in Big John McDermott. Chisora has no experience against someone of Fury’s size and talent, but he had been training hard for the ill fated Klitschko fight so should be well prepped for the size difference at least.

I’m guessing that Chisora will be the marginal favorite with Fury backers coming on strong the last week to perhaps reverse the odds. The casual British fight fans for whom this donnybrook is dedicated are treated to two supersized young bucks looking to rumble their way into big time heavyweight boxing.

The fight should be good enough that the loser may also enhance his status as often happens in all action battles, so you’ve been forewarned, the occasion cannot be missed.

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Antonio Tarver in Whacky Danny Green World

To hear Danny Green talk about it, his recent bout with appendicitus depleted him physically enough to scare in him into considering retirement. All that changed when he announced that Antonio Tarver would be the next challenger for his IBO Cruiserweight belt he holds.

Green vs Tarver
Green vs Tarver

The bout takes place in Green’s comfortable environs of the Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia where he is a big star. Antonio Tarver is no slouch in filling the villain role as challenger, having a long slog up the chain of amateur and professional ranks while fighting many top contenders and champs to hard won acclaim, but he was last seen putting forth a tubby effort against fringe heavyweight contender Nagy Aguilera, not a recipe for victory against Green who take pride in shaping into top condition for his fights.

Green is something of a curiousity, having a mecurical personality that led to a disqualification against Marcos Beyer and later a bizarre retirement after beating the towering Drew Stipes for the WBA lightheavy belt. yet staging a very active comeback in 2009 before the appendecitus knocked him down for a long count.

If Green recovers his form, it should be back to staging the best boxing of his career at the belated age of 38. If he has not sufficently recovered, Tarver makes for a long shaky night at the office.

Antonio Tarver is no stranger to belated boxing, having a spotty career until his signature highlight for the ages, a booming one punch knockout over Roy Jones. Tarver was 35 yrs old for that bout and been a name ever since in spite of continuing his spotty boxing that currently sees him with a 28-6, 19 KO record, not the sort of shining record expected for a well regarded champion.

A lifelong lightheavyweight, Tarver looked in shape and aggressively on the hunt in his last two bouts in the division against Chad Dawson, but he was slow and his overall ring activity is slowing as well, so the question for the 42 year old Magic Man is, “Does he have anymore?”

The Green Machine has become a sharp operator and possesses a potent right hand to easily match the southpaw Tarver’s best weapon his left hand. In his last outing he took on a prime aged big strong undefeated contender, BJ Flores, and fought a near perfect fight to out hustle and out maneuver him. I favor this version of Green.

Tarver’s forte has always been the rematches where he avenged his losses, but the magic was gone when he rematched Dawson. He has always been vulnerable to being outboxed and he will be giving up a considerable advantage to Green by fighting in Australia. Since neither fighter has ever been stopped before, a Green decision seems almost a forgone conclusion.

I would never completely write off a noted champion like Tarver who will likely be near even odds to win.

GreenWorld can get pretty whacky at times though, and don’t forget, they’ll be fighting upside down. Will he get sucked into The Green Machine topsy turvy parallel boxing world to be  dressed up, waxed, and spit out as Green’s newest notch for his gunbelt?

Those of us in the Great North will just have to tune in Wednesday, July 20th to find out what happens at that ungodly time of the morning.