Jerry Glick reporting: When Kathy Duva, head person at Main Events tried to keep things fair at the final press conference for Saturday’s MSG show by flipping a coin to determine whether Steve “USS” Cunningham, 25-5 (12 KOs), or England’s Tyson Fury would enter the ring second and therefore be announced first and visa-versa. With the coin resting on her thumb, about to be flipped into the air, Fury voiced an objection.
“Excuse me,” interrupted Fury. “There’s only one star, and it’s not Steve Cunningham. This is the Tyson Fury road show and I’m bringing it to New York. Steve Cunningham is the opponent here. It’s all about me! Me, me, me!
Claiming that he was the best fighter on the planet, he said that the coin toss was not mentioned beforehand, and he won’t participate in it.
At that, Duva diplomatically agreed that it will be settled privately. If Fury was trying to build up the gate, he just might be a promoter’s dream, but if he was trying to get into his opponent’s head he was probably unsuccessful.
Fury did little more than boast at how good he was and that he expected the former two time Cruiserweight champion, now campaigning at heavyweight, to fold up under his punching power. Cunningham’s trainer the highly respected Brother Nazim Richardson likened Fury’s rants to that of a child. “You have to realize that the guy comes across the pond, he’s watching the Mayweathers, he’s watching Adrien Broner, and they think if I come here I can become a star too,” explained Richardson. “Every young kid growing up wanted to dance like Michael Jackson. When you watch guys on TV you want to be like them.”
He likened Fury, 20-0 (14 KOs), to a little child, saying sometimes you have to let them play until they get tired. Actually there may be some merit in what Brother Nazim is saying when he points out that Fury just wants to be noticed and be a star. In fact he so much as said that it is all about him. He’s the star and Cunningham is his co-star; just a person for him to showcase his star quality with. He isn’t the first to do that and he won’t be the last. The great Muhammad Ali watched wrestler Gorgeous George act like that and decided it could work for him so he did it and it worked. The difference between Ali and Fury is the methods used. With Ali, there was always a twinkle in his eye as he shouted that he was the greatest. Of course he went on to prove it, but that remains to be seen in the case of Tyson Fury.
Fury said that he had a super training camp and expects to knockout Cunningham. “I don’t know how long it will last,” he said. “Ten seconds or ten rounds,”
He believes that Cunningham will run away “Like a rabbit caught in the headlights.” “Things could go in different ways; he could come and attack me, which would be early Christmas for me. He could try to run away which would be a stupid, horrible fight. People are paying good money to see a fight in a recession.”
Fury is concerned about winning a decision in the US. He points to the Adamek-Cunningham fight saying that there were two fighters out of the same stable and one got robbed, “So they are not going to give it someone from over the waters. Not here for a decision, I’m here for a devastating knockout.”
**YES, THERE IS STILL A BRIAN LONDON**
For you older fans, reminded that there are a few prominent Brits in big fight situation at this time Fury talked about the glory days of Henry Cooper Dave Charnley, and Brian London who twice challenged for the heavyweight title.
“He still trains,” said Fury. “His boys don’t box and that upsets Brian.” He uses a derogatory word to describe them. Brian’s dad Jack London boxed and, of course Brian fought some of the best, Ali, Patterson, Henry Cooper, Zora Folley, Jerry Quarry and many more. But his sons just won’t put on the gloves.
**BETTER ARRIVE EARLY**
Remember folks, doors at the Theater at Madison Square Garden at 1:30PM on Saturday, April 20th. That means it’s an afternoon show so don’t get confused.