After watching Tyson Fury’s latest bout last night on Channel 5 against Nevin Pajkic, it is safe to say that the Klitschko’s will not be quaking in their boots anytime soon.
Fury definitely has a lot to learn in just the basics of boxing; hit and not be hit. He will not be able to overwhelm every opponent he gets into the ring with the odd eye-catching shot. As I am sure we have all seen in the past there are guys; like the late, great Joe Frazier who will be in your face for 12 rounds and won’t budge. This is where Fury will come unstuck if he doesn’t tighten his defence immediately.
He carries his left hand way too low, and I know this has been a criticism of Carl Froch in the past but The Cobra is much faster than Fury and has better reflexes, and thus can get out the way of the overhand right that comes back.
I feel he was exposed by a clearly out of shape Dereck Chisora, as well as Nicolia Firtha who had him rocking before he was dropped, and dropped hard in the second round by Pajkic.
As the commentator mentioned beforehand, Pajkic wasn’t known for his power and had only stopped 5 opponents so far but when someone gives you a direct shot on the chin as long as you connect cleanly, in the Heavyweight game you have good chance of scoring a knockdown.
I do agree that the fight was stopped slightly prematurely but Fury was much improved in the third round but he had to be, as the 2nd being scored a 10-8 to Pajkic may have given him the shot in the arm needed.
There has been much debate in the boxing fraternity about where he goes now; despite Mick Hennessey’s bold comparison to the war that was Hagler vs Hearns, it’s safe to say Fury’s progress may be halted slightly after this showing.
With the debut of Chris Eubank Jr. last night, Hennessey must know he has 2 ‘potential’ cash cows with very saleable assets but they both must not be rushed.
Personally I would like to see Fury fight an in-shape Chisora again when he steps into the ring; all the talk of David Price being the next big British heavyweight hope are slightly premature in my eyes too. The only time he has looked remotely impressive, was in beating Tom Dallas and he came in at very short notice.
If marketed right Price vs Fury could be a great Heavyweight for Britain; just not yet.