Despite being undefeated in his professional career, Tyson Fury has identified something in his game that may help future opponents – including Derek Chisora.
‘The Gypsy King’ made a name for himself against Wladimir Klitschko as one of the most awkward and hard-to-hit heavyweights around. That night he won the heavyweight titles in Germany, Klitschko landed just 52 punches.
The twelve-rounder perhaps wasn’t the most entertaining of bouts, but Fury’s skill was undeniable. Now though, he’s taken the more fan-friendly approach of looking for knockouts. His last three wins have come by stoppage.
The link up with Kronk style trainer, SugarHill Steward, has certainly seen ‘The Gypsy King’ sit down on his punches more, but what does that mean for his defence? He told BT Sport and next opponent, Chisora, that he was more hittable.
“I used to box off the jab and move around or whatever. People found it very hard to hit me, but you look at my last few fights, then people have not found it that hard to hit me. I’ve been on the floor. I think there was ten knockdowns between me and wilder in that trilogy. That’s a lot of knockdowns.
“So yeah, I’m obviously being hit now more than ever, but then again, I’m doing more damage with my punches. It is what it is. I believe, being a heavyweight historian and knowing all the fight’s that’s happened in the past, anyone can bean anyone in boxing.”
For his part, ‘Del Boy’ has been clear that he must knock the champion out to win. Perhaps a more static Fury plays into his relentless and all-or-nothing style – although fans are still viewing it as one-sided the other way.
Fury faces Chisora on December 3 in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with an undercard that features heavyweight prospect, Daniel Dubois.