Frank Warren explains why Tyson Fury dominating Deontay Wilder pips Joe Calzaghe defeating a prime Mikkel Kessler
Frank Warren did not even allow me to finish posing the question. Leaning back on a chair in his office, the legendary Hall of Fame promoter rapidly processed the question, "Where does Tyson Fury beating Deontay Wilder sit in terms of victories for your fight...," and interrupted, "The best... the best."
Last month’s WBC heavyweight title win was certainly a performance to merit such an assertive proclamation. Fury not only dominated a man who was previously unbeaten, a world champion for five years and widely considered one of the biggest punchers in history, he did so on away soil and employing an uncharacteristically aggressive style and retained control from start to finish. The triumph ticked a lot of boxes.
"Going into that fight [Fury and Wilder were] the two best heavyweights out there," Warren observed. "[Tyson] destroyed the hardest punching heavyweight of the last 35-40 years and just took him to school. He done a job on him, outboxed him, outfought him and did what I felt he could do which was to stop him. Not only did he win the fight he absolutely won it in the best style."
In Warren’s view the only other display that came close from one of his fighters was the November 2007 night Welsh wizard Joe Calzaghe, who of course retired undefeated, overcame a prime Mikkel Kessler on points. While Calzaghe’s victory over Jeff Lacy is commonly cited as the thorough dissection to which all future one-sided wins must aspire, Kessler was a far sterner test and Joe was forced to adapt his tactics mid-fight to ensure the judges’ deserved unanimous decision.
"Kessler was at his best, another great fight," Warren noted. "But when I look at the danger Deontay Wilder brought, the power he had and how comprehensively Tyson took him apart, that’s the best."