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SuperSized British Heavyweight Showdown!!!

British superheavyweights are starring this Saturday, July 13th when Joe Joyce, 9-0, 9 KO takes on former American title contender Bryant Jennings, 24-3, 14 KO, and Nathan Gorman, 16-0, 11 KO, a great nephew of famed Irish Traveler bare knuckler Bartley Gorman takes on Daniel Dubois, 11-0, 10 KO. The 3 Supersized Brits are all undefeated fringe contenders looking for their title shot, so fair play to them. The O2 in Greenwich is a top shelf venue and should be packed by boxing crazy Brits not wanting to miss out an an all English Super Dreadnought dustup.

THE LINEUP: Joyce, Dubois, Promoter Frank Warren, Gorman, and Jennings.

The “Juggernaut” as Joyce is known by has style is somewhat baffling in that he is slow and even ponderous both of feet and hands, but he sets a solid pace in a sorta grind em up and spit them out piece by piece style. Jennings the more expensive fighter is coming off a heavy knockout loss to heavyweight contender Oscar Rivas in January, so he must’ve been dangled so good $$$ to fly over to England to get heavily pummeled again. As a late comer in the boxing biz and as such a small heavy relying on speed of foot and hand and at age 34 entering those years of athletic decline of those attributes, I guess he feels now is the time to run circles around Joyce, and maybe he can. Big gamble type of fight for both if they want to progress.

Gorman is reputed to be fast of hand and a solid boxer whereas Dubois is noted as the puncher with both being light on opposition thus far, so this also a big step up for them. This is what prospects and fringe contenders used to do, ie fight each other for primacy, something that has too often been cast aside by the multiple ABC boxing orgs and the multiple belts in each division that has become the running joke.

No matter, this Saturday at the O2 in England is the place for the entire British boxing fraternity to shine, and so it shall be!

Tyson Fury–Madison Square Garden–Steve USS Cunningham–Look Out!

Look out United States of America, Tyson Fury, Britain’s most beloved and hated man-child and most congenital twitterer comes to New York City’s storied Madison Square Garden venue to take on Steve USS Cunningham in a 12 round IBF eliminator donnybrook. The good news is that he will have to pass through Homeland Security screening.

And the bad news? The bad news is that in spite of informing the public that he is coming after USS Cunningham with the intent to knock him out, Fury will pass seamlessly through screening and find a taxi to take him to Madison Square Garden, so what then you ask?

Fury With Friends

Perhaps a reflection of the reverse story backdrop that played out weeks ago in sunny London would be instructive. Grizzled southpaw contender Tony Thompson sicced his Tiger on British heavyweight hopeful David Price to take him down for the abrupt stoppage that left British pints full of tears that mournful Saturday night. Steve Cunningham is not as large, grizzled, and scary as Thompson, but he’s quick, moves well, and jabs well and still hungry for respect in his new heavyweight division.

But can Cunningham really take down the heavyweight hopes and dreams of the young mountainous man-child  Fury?

Fury has big ambitions planned when he intends to introduce his “little” 18 year old cousin Hughie Fury to the world by way of his pro boxing debut at the Madison Square Garden venue. Both Furys are trained by Peter Fury, keeping this Irish Traveler family tight in the spilled blood bonds of the often treacherous sport of boxing. This card will be their first step towards consolidating the heavyweight championship belts between them as The Furious Two, the new dynamic duo tapped to replace the Klitschko brothers when they retire.

Here is an entertaining Youtube video of Fury reprising his best devil may care, sly tongued, young, lean and hungry Cassius persona. Twinkles fall like stars out of his eyes as he showers the camera with his gift of self promotional gab. It’s a good time to be Britain’s biggest, brightest, undefeated heavyweight star with a bountiful future all laid out in front of him as you can see:

http://news.boxrec.com/news/2013/video-decent-quality-smack-talk-tyson-fury

Mr. USS Nice Guy Helping Others

Mr. USS Nice Guy in Assistance

Steve Cunningham is coming off a disputed split decision loss to his old nemesis, Tomasz Adamek in an IBF eliminator. The 6-9 Fury will be substantially larger with greater reach than any previous opponent of Cunningham. He has a busy offense, quick hands, can box outside and especially loves mixing it up inside, and moves very well for a big man. More unsettling, Fury has become a switch hitter, boxing orthodox or southpaw as the mood strikes, a completely southpaw fight against Martin Rogan as I recall.

That’s a really tall order for Cunningham to be sure, but USS has been a staple in Germany for a number of years and had good sparring against many of the tall heavyweights who dominate modern divisional ratings. You can bet a championship fighter of his caliber has a plan mapped out to surprise Fury, but it best be better than the tepid game plan he showed against Adamek. Feather jabs alone just won’t cut the mustard at this level, so we shall just have to see what the fighters bring.

Tyson Fury fights tend to be interesting because of his palpable charisma and busy, animated style. I daresay he will attract a raucous crowd who have heard the noise and want to check out the reality. That’s Saturday, April 20th, Madison Square Garden, that’s where the action will be.