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Repeat or Revenge? Klitschko-Fury 2 is coming!
The rematch between undefeated WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) and former two-time heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) is about a month away. It was nearly eight months ago when Fury pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the history of the heavyweight division when he outworked Klitschko, the longest reigning heavyweight champion since Joe Louis, through twelve rounds. Klitschko simply did nothing, as Fury was easily handed the unified IBF/WBA/WBO and IBO/Ring Magazine heavyweight championships.
“Repeat, or Revenge?” is the appropriate billing for a heavyweight title fight as enormous as this one. The two will meet on Saturday, July 9, at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
Will Fury have an easier than expected time repeating his previous performance against Klitschko, or will the now 40-year-old “Dr. Steel Hammer” regain two of his prior heavyweight titles.
Either way, regardless if Klitschko wins his highly-anticipated summer ’16 showdown with the mammoth 6’ 9,” Fury, how many more fights? How many more years of dominance does Klitschko have left at the top? In previous years, as I’ve stated on countless occasions, ‘Klitschko Time,’ along with ‘Klitschko Forever,’ Wladimir Klitschko, who started his professional career after winning a gold medal as a super heavyweight in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, has one of the most successful careers in the history of boxing. Although no fighter can possibly fight forever, what Wladimir Klitschko has done in his career and all that he has accomplished in his life will live forever.
To ask Klitschko, who at age 40, to possibly turn back time to be able to bully the mammoth Fury, who is bigger, taller, and at least 10 years younger than Klitschko maybe a daunting task. A Klitschko victory may not happen at all. Maybe Klitschko’s time has truly passed, as father time has halted the careers of Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Ray Robinson, Ray Leonard, Oscar De La Hoya, and the legendary Muhammad Ali.
Time passes every great fighter and Klitschko has spent a lot of time performing at the highest level throughout his career. Klitschko has recorded more than 50 knockout victories, 25 world title victories, and a single championship reign that lasted 9 ½ years, only to be eclipsed by Joe Louis’ haloed 11-year reign, and has competed in nearly 70 professional bouts.
And what about Tyson Fury? Is Fury an extension of the massive line of heavyweights that we’ve seen overtake the heavyweight division? Wladimir, Vitali Klitschko, Robert Helenius, Alexander Dimetrenko, Lucas Browne, Luis Ortiz, Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua, who maybe become the next star of the heavyweight division, are all extremely tall and powerful men. However, Fury’s unpredictability, switch-hitting style, and massive size spell trouble for every heavyweight.
July 9, can’t come fast enough.