By Wayne Bartlett: The Tyson Fury train keeps on rolling after the undefeated man mountain smashed tough American Vinny Maddalone to defeat in five rounds.
Rightly or wrongly depending on how you look at it, much scepticism greeted the bout’s announcement a few months back, but nevertheless the 6ft 9ins tall Fury looked good.
Rattling off hurtful combinations and jarring right hands behind a lovely long jab, the Manchester based heavyweight was punch perfect in peppering his stocky New York foe until the bouts end at 1:35 of the fifth.
Fury, who has been criticized in times previous for his lack of conditioning, looked in terrific shape at 245 ½ pounds and the result was never in question at the Hand Arena in Somerset.
Young fighter on the way up, versus old fighter on the way down.
Fights like this are as sad to see in boxing as they are important for a fighters’ progression, but in this case the question before the first bell was how long the fight would go rather than how the fight would go.
Maddalone, 38 years old and now 35-8(26), came into the fight on the back of a gruelling career that has seen him ship more and more punches as it’s gone on.
This fact becoming particularly noticeable in his last few fights, against Fury, Vinnie shipped a bunch. And this must surely signal an end to the brave Flushing mans fighting days.
In beating Dereck Chisora so early in his perfect 19-0(14) career, the expectation of Fury moving onwards and upwards in terms of opposition has resulted in the criticism of opponent choice.
Especially in light of a beaten Chisora going on to challenge Robert Helenius and Vitali Klitschko in subsequent bouts, and furthermore Fury’s vacation of the British and Commonwealth titles he won from ‘Del Boy’ rather than taking on fellow undefeated rival David Price.
“I’m ready for anybody in the world,” the triumphant Fury proclaimed in the post fight interview. “Klitschko’s bring ‘em on, Americans bring ‘em on, anybody. I’m the man, I’m here and I will fight. Bring it on.”
Whether or not this means a certain 6 foot 8 Liverpudlian, we can only wait and see.
Matchmaking is imperative for a fighter with the huge marketability of the charismatic, silver-tongued heavyweight, but the boxing public won’t take any more Vinnie Maddalones.