Fury Over Klitschko Compared To Ali Over Liston

November 30, 2015

-OpeningRound Staff

This may be a bit of a stretch considering the time period and the manner of victory, but per BoxingNewsOnline, Peter Fury, the uncle and trainer of new heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, has compared his nephews shocking upset over Wladimir Klitschko to Muhammad Ali’s 1964 upset win over Sonny Liston.

“To put his achievement into context, the last person to do something like Tyson Fury vs Wladimir Klitschko was Muhammad Ali, against Sonny Liston,” Peter said. “He made a good comment after the fight, ‘I shook up the world’, and that’s what Tyson did; no one gave him a chance. All the boxing experts didn’t think it would go three or four rounds. Wladimir had made 27 defenses, been champion for 11 years and the fight was in Germany [where Klitschko has a home and has often fought], against a young, unbeaten, brash kid…We’re on top of the world.”

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Those are awfully lofty things to say, considering that back in 1964, the heavyweight division was extremely more relevant in mainstream society, and it was an American defeating another American, let alone by an exciting knockout. The Klitschko-Fury fight was not the most exciting fight in the world, and lacked constant action, especially from Klitschko who fought like an old statue for most of the fight. However, it certainly was a shocking upset, as Klitschko was champion for nearly a decade, and hadn’t lost in over 11 years. Tyson Fury certainly deserves to be commended for his upset victory, and hopefully with his charisma and brash personality, the heavyweight division can regain some excitement which it has lost over the years.

Klitschko and Fury are expected to fight in a rematch in April or May of 2016.

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