Heavyweight legend Riddick Bowe has given his two cents on Tyson Fury, and believes Fury stands alone at the top of the current division.
Bowe has no doubts about Fury’s class and admits that he’s the best of his era.
Speaking to ID Boxing, Bowe said:
“I think he [Tyson Fury] is a great fighter. I think he’s the best of them all [in this era].”
However, in spite of his praise for Fury, Bowe was of course confident he’d have had the tools to topple ‘The Gypsy King’ in his heyday.
“There are things he does that if in my era – that jerky jerky style. The thing is if he jerky jerky I’m going to pop him and guys aren’t doing that – if they would do it they would beat him.
I’d have jabbed at him, then I’d have stepped in and broken a rib or two. Guys aren’t going to his body.
They’re letting him stand strong, he’s keeping his posture and as the rounds go on, they aren’t breaking him down. They’re not busting his heart, stopping his liver or things of that nature.
You’ve got to do the things that will make him tired – they’re not doing that.”
Fury will need to fight unified world champion Oleksandr Usyk to confirm his standing as the number one heavyweight on the planet, and the two have reportedly agreed terms to face each other next.
Promoter Bob Arum stated that just a date and venue remain to be agreed for the legacy defining fight, with lucrative site fees reportedly received from the Middle East to host the event.
If confirmed, Fury vs Usyk would be the first undisputed heavyweight world title fight since Lennox Lewis defeated Evander Holyfield all the way back in 1999.