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Tyson Fury has made no secret of his desire to face the dominant heavyweight champion, Wladimir Klitschko. For years he’s spoken of his desire to face Klitschko before the Ukrainian fighter retires. To date, however, nothing has happened.

Fury is a fighter who splits opinion. His detractors are plentiful and nothing the man does will ever placate them, as is usually the case in boxing. When anyone brings up Fury as a potential opponent for Klitschko the first comment of many is usually referencing how Fury was put on his seat by Steve Cunningham. Not taking anything away from Cunningham, but those against Fury love to point out that Cunningham spent the bulk of his career as a cruiser weight, and has never been a knockout artist. Do these comments hold validity, or is it simply people overlooking the fact that in boxing (especially the heavyweight division) one well timed punch can change an evening?

Next up for Fury is his demeanor. He is brashy. He has a confidence that crosses all the way into arrogance. He doesn’t seem to care who he angers, he will still look to say his piece. Some fans love this side of Fury and see ths as a character he is portraying to sell his brand, which is himself. Others feel he is disrespectful to the sport and take his comments as literal.

The there are those who think Fury possesses the skills necessary to challenge the champion and push him all the way. Fury has height. He has reach. He has power. He has technique. He has desire and he has heart. Fury seemingly has all the tools that have been lacking in Klitschko opponents of recent years. When Klitschko has faced a boxer with worrisome power his opponent has usually been lumbering, limited in skills or both. When he’s faced an opponent with height it’s more often than not been a guy of limited mobility and slow hands. When he’s taken on a fighter with good movement and hand speed it’s often a guy who is so much smaller than him that they cannot get inside Klitschko’s thunderous jab to be any bother to him.

Not that any of this is Klitschko’s fault. The man has taken on everyone who has been placed in front of him and beaten every style for years. Fury may be no different in that respect, but at least he brings the intrigue level up.

When asking if the boxing world is ready for this fight I guess I should have been more direct. Rather than whether the boxing world is ready for a bout between these two giants, what I’m really wondering is whether the boxing world is ready for Tyson Fury as a world champion. The man already splits opinion. He already ruffles feathers. How many more will he ruffle if the championship belt on fastened around his waist?

Fury reiterated his desire to face Klitschko once more over the weekend. After dispatching of Christian Hammer with relative ease on Saturday, and after performing a victory song in ring, Fury took to the mic to call for a bout with Klitschko.

For his part, Klitschko is already scheduled to face American challenger Bryant Jennings next month. Should he come through that unscathed it could be time for him to negotiate a bout with Fury for later this year. Fury has worked himself into position as a mandatory challenger for Klitschko, and the champ has shown over the years that he will take on every mandatory challenge thrown his way.

A bout with Fury will undoubtedly bring a high level of entertainment. Fury has stoked the fires with banter for a couple of years now, and having stepped up his own game with a string of improved performances, Fury seems to be fulfilling some of the potential many have seen in him. Fury will do all the talking needed for this bout, and then some. He will also not shy away from trying to back up his talk inside the ring. As those who have followed Fury’s career to date have seen, there’s nothing the big man loves more than a good scrap.

Only a few things could stand in the way of a Klitschko-Fury showdown. An upset loss to Jennings. An untimely retirement from the new dad (that’s Klitschko). A desire to regain the belt his brother used to hold under the Klitschko banner by taking oh Deontay Wilder in a unification bout.

I, for one, hope none of those things happen. Fury vs Klitschko is a bout boxing needs to see. It will bring attention back to the heavyweight division. It will pit Klitschko against an opponent who will push for him to come out of his comfort zone. It will introduce the world to Tyson Fury the fighter and help them look past Tyson Fury the character looking to sell a fight.

Let’s help make this fight a reality.

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The following article is an original article by me published through BleacherReport.com

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The British heavyweight boxing scene just added another player to its ranks with the announcement, via Kevin Mitchell of the Guardian, that 2012 Olympic super-heavyweight gold medalist Anthony Joshua has decided to join the professional ranks.

Joshua won the Olympic gold last year with a controversial victory over defending champion Roberto Cammarelle after a judges’ countback. Behind after the opening two rounds, Joshua valiantly fought back to earn a draw on the judges’ cards, thereby triggering the countback, which involves tossing out the highest and lowest scores from each fighter’s cards and recalculating the scores on the remaining ones.

Following his Olympic gold, Joshua signaled his intent to remain an amateur and try to follow up his Olympic success with a World Championship gold, having missed out on gold in the 2011 World Championships by just one point.

In choosing to become a professional fighter, Joshua joins a British heavyweight scene that is quickly approaching the cramped level.

Fellow Brits David Haye and Tyson Fury are set to fight in September, with the winner hoping to earn a shot at Vitali Klitschko’s WBC World title.

Dereck Chisora got back to winning ways with a controversial stoppage of previously undefeated American Malik Scott.

David Price has seen his stock fall somewhat after back-to-back stoppage losses to veteran American fighter Tony Thompson.

Britain’s first ever Olympic super-heavyweight gold medalist, Audley Harrison, refuses to stay out of the ring. After Chisora’s victory over Scott, Harrison took to Twitter to declare his availability for a September showdown.

Richard Towers is a promising prospect who is ready to make a step up in his level of competition. His bout against Lucas Browne was recently scrapped after he was denied an Australian visa due to a past conviction for kidnapping.

Also climbing up the British heavyweight list is Tyson Fury’s cousin Hughie Fury. Having only joined the professional ranks this year, the 18-year-old Fury has already rattled off eight victories from eight contests as he seeks to beat Mike Tyson’s record by becoming the youngest heavyweight champion ever.

Now with Joshua, another tall and rangy heavyweight, stepping into the professional ranks, the British heavyweight scene is really heating up. While Joshua will take it slowly and steadily as he makes the transition to professional fighting, he certainly has the talent to be competing on a high level within a few years.

Another boxing story. Again an original piece by me and once again published through bleacherreport.com

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Let’s face facts first, I don’t think there is a single boxing fan who didn’t predict a dominant victory tonight from Wladimir Klitschko over the previously undefeated Mariusz Wach.

However, there were a couple of unexpected events in this bout. First, there was the chin displayed by Wach, who weathered a 12-round beating at the hands of Klitschko and didn’t even look close to landing on the seat of his pants.

Second, there was the fight Klitschko fought. We’ve all gotten used to the safely-does-it approach we’ve seen from Klitschko over the last few years, but tonight, he attacked throughout and entertained.

Did the level of opponent allow Klitschko to deliver a different type of fight as normal? Probably. However, I enjoyed the display and was surprised that Wach stayed on his feet.

From the opening bell, Klitschko came forward. His jab, as usual, was dominant throughout the bout as he landed it seemingly at will. What was different was the come-forward manner Klitscko displayed, the fact that he started letting his right hand go earlier than usual and the three- and four-punch combinations he threw throughout the bout.

Klitschko peppered his opponent with his usually jab-straight combination throughout the first four rounds while adding frequent left hooks, some as leadoff hooks and some at the end of the one-two that were landing so well.

Wach, to his credit, weathered everything Klitschko had to throw, and until the very end of the fifth round, didn’t seemed phased. At the end of Round 5, Klitschko caught Wach with a big right hand that visibly shook his opponent, who seemed relieved when the bell sounded.

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The big round of the bout came in Round 8 as Klitschko obviously upped the pace in search of a knockout. Leading in with flurries of punches we are not accustomed to seeing Klitschko throw, he took the fight to Wach to the glee of the fans.

Still, Wach stayed on his feet. There were moments in the eighth in which some refs would have stopped the fight, but it was allowed to continue—and rightly so. Wach ate a lot of punches but rarely looked stunned or in serious trouble, managingd to fire back with occasional shots.

Wach did have his moment in an otherwise one-sided fight. At the end of Round 6, Wach connected with a good right hand that backed Klitschko onto the ropes. For the final 30 seconds of the round, Wach attacked. It was a sight the crowd had not seen before in the bout and one they would not see again.

As Wach unloaded, Klitschko ducked, bobbed and kept his gloves in front of his face. The first right hand aside, nothing in Wach’s attack landed cleanly, and the door was closed on his chance in the fight as quickly as it opened.

The remainder of the bout continued with Klitschko attacking, landing jabs, crosses and hooks, and Wach, somehow, managing to stay on his feet. The judges’ decision was just a formality as Klitschko, once again, dominated his opponent to successfully defend his heavyweight titles.

I am sure we will here the usual complaints about the level of competition Wladimir is facing, and we will read articles about how overrated he is. I, however, enjoy watching Klitschko fight and was thrilled to see an aggressive, come-forward Klitschko provide an entertaining fight in honor of his late trainer Emanuel Steward.