Tyson Fury is nothing if not confident, and his four stoppage victories in a row have him convinced he’s the hardest puncher in the sport.
At one point in his career, ‘The Gypsy King’ was considered much more of a boxer than a puncher – a view perhaps never more apparent than his twelve-round shutout of Wladimir Klitschko to win the heavyweight titles and dethrone the long-reigning Ukrainian.
Since his link up with SugarHill Steward of the Kronk Gym, though, the big man from Morecambe has started to sit down on his shots and search for stoppages.
After a contentious draw with Deontay Wilder in their first bout, Fury knew that leaving it to the judges in their rematch was no good. He linked up with the Detroit trainer – nephew of the legendary Emanuel Steward – and stopped Wilder in the seventh.
He knocked the American out again in their third fight – this time in the eleventh round – before landing a perfect uppercut on Dillian Whyte in the sixth round of their contest to keep his WBC title. Most recently, he battered Derek Chisora until the tenth round when referee Victor Loughlin stepped in to wave it off.
In attendance at the recent Artur Beterbiev win over Anthony Yarde, BT Sport’s Dev Sahni put it to Fury that the Russian light heavyweight champion was, pound-for-pound, the biggest puncher in the sport. “Who is? Is he b*****s. I am.” He said, in the funny clip.
🗣 “Anthony Yarde needs to go flat out at Beterbiev swinging big hooks!”@Tyson_Fury says @mranthonyyarde has to get out there and meet fire with fire to overcome heavy-hitting Artur Beterbiev 🔥#BeterbievYarde | Now | BT Sport pic.twitter.com/gs6oh5CzPm
— Queensberry Promotions (@Queensberry) January 28, 2023
Fury is gearing up to face the other heavyweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk, in a historic bout to crown an undisputed champion in the division.
He’s said in the past that he’ll win within six rounds.