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19 JUNE 2018


Who’s Next Up For Tyson Fury?

By Clive Bernath: At the age of just 22 and after picking up the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles last weekend the undefeated Tyson Fury obviously has a bright future ahead of him.

Immediately after out-pointing Londoner Dereck Chisora the new double champion was immediately inundated with domestic challenges, not to mention an outside possibility of challenging Wladimir Klitschko. Yes its true Wladimir was reportedly interested in defending against the winner of Chisora and Fury.

Among the domestic challenges being mooted is an Irish title fight against Martin Rogan, the winner of the British heavyweight title eliminator between David Price and John McDermott or even a clash Audley Harrison. The European champion has challenged Fury via his Twitter page and given him and promoter Mick Hennessy until the end of the week to declare any interest.

As I said the 6ft 9inch, 260lbs double champ has a great future ahead of him but I believe his decision on who he fights next will become crucial towards his development in becoming a legitimate heavyweight contender.

No doubt the sheer size of Fury make him very difficult to beat and he does have talent but last weekend’s points win against an out of shape Chisora (even though clear) highlighted many flaws. For such a big man he failed to utilise his obvious physical advantages and constantly got caught with overhand rights early in the fight. Those are just a few observations which I’m sure Tyson is more than aware of and in the process of rectifying before he embarks onto the lucrative world stage. How long that takes him obviously depends on how he improves in the next 18 months.

Tyson has plenty of time to learn his trade and he’s done everything right so far but now is the time when the stakes will constantly get higher. You see, regardless of whether or not Fury is a threat, he is potentially one of the few heavyweights around at the moment that could generate a half decent payday for Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko. So it is crucial Tyson picks the right opponent to look good against and protect a possible big money clash with either Klitschko brother.

Does he choose the teak tough Martin Rogan, old foes David Price or John McDermott, or will he go for the novelty value of facing Audley Harrison?

Who do you think Tyson Fury should fight next?

Please email Clive Bernath at with your thought and they will be printed over the next few days?

July 27, 2011

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