TYSON FURY has won everyone over in Las Vegas again, including opponent Otto Wallin, but he will be a horrible sod when the first bell goes.
Eighteen months ago when Tyson was really struggling with his mental health, everyone was in the firing line, he was hurting himself physically and anyone else who got in his way.
Now he is the total opposite, he is charming everyone he comes into contact with outside the ring. So the minute he steps through the ropes, he can be as nasty as he likes.
He isn’t a one-punch KO merchant but we saw with his last fight against Tom Schwarz, he can be a vicious combination thrower and I want to see that again tonight.
I am not interested in seeing Tyson ‘do the rounds’ and keep the fight going any longer than he needs to. A fan-friendly performance and a heavy-handed finish from the Gypsy King, inside the first half, will be plenty.
Tyson will know there is the Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz rematch in November and then Joshua vs Ruiz up next in December, so he will want to show those fellas up with the best performance of the bunch.
Tyson genuinely and whole-heartedly believes he is the greatest heavyweight ever so he’ll want to prove it over the next couple of years.
As hard and as horrible as it was to see Anthony Joshua struggle in those final four rounds against Andy Ruiz Jr, it would have been very hard for Rob McCracken to have pulled him out.
My hero Nigel Benn was battered through the ropes, almost counted out and left looking dazed in the very first round of his fight with Gerald McClellan, but he somehow recovered for one of the greatest, although eventually tragic, wins of any British fighter.
Most of the greatest fights in history involve one of the fighters being on the brink and battling back. We wouldn’t have a dozen blockbuster Rocky movies if Balboa boxed behind the jab in every film and beat everyone with unanimous decisions.
The sport must always question and analyse itself to make any and every improvement to fighter safety. If doctor inspections between rounds look like improving the sport then I am sure everyone will be behind it.
But we cannot rip up the rules and change the sport just because our most high-profile fighter was in a tough fight.
No-one knows Anthony better than Rob McCracken and he would do anything for his fighter, they have done thousands of rounds in the amateurs, sparring and pros. Rob will have thought and hoped Anthony was able to settle back into the fight, avoid any trouble for a couple of rounds and then go on to win.
Ruiz instead boxed brilliantly and it seemed Anthony didn’t follow the gameplan but that doesn’t mean they have done something wrong.
Imagine if Ben Davison had pulled Tyson out of his December fight with Wilder after the first or second knockdown, we would never have seen him rally and earn the draw – which should have been a win!
I was in the corner that night and thought Tyson was finished, Ben knew better than us all, so the trainer must be trusted.
NIGEL BENN BACK
Roberto Duran is my boxing hero but Nigel Benn is the British fighter I always dreamed of emulating.
Benn was an all-action fan thriller, always in brilliant fights, had a never-say-die attitude and never got too big for his boots, everything I wanted to be and hopefully was.
So I am worried that he is talking about a comeback at 55, not just for his health but for his reputation.
The last thing a legend like Benn should have to worry about is making a fool of himself but I really worry a fight at this stage could tarnish his legacy.
Most fighters live a boring life during their career and go off the rails when they retire. That was the story for me – most of the time! – but it sounds like Benn did the opposite.
Somehow during his brilliant fight career, against the likes of Eubank, McClellan and Steve Collins, he was apparently living a real playboy lifestyle and abusing his body.
Since he hung up the gloves he has found God and trains like a teenager and that has left him thinking he can fight again.
I would be worried even if he was a backfoot, defensive fighter who could put on an exhibition. But Benn, one of my idols, was a gumshield-biting, haymaker-trading warhorse, and I do not want to see him back in the ring.
JOSH WARRINGTON DREAM
I see a lot of myself in Josh, a working-class lad with a whole city in his corner and a ferocious style of fighting.
I know Josh is desperate to take all his lads to Las Vegas to drink the place dry and see a career-defining fight, like my lot managed five times toward the end of my career.
But he has had his IBF featherweight title for around 18 months now and the other champions have avoided him and he’s taken it hard.
The best advice I can give him is to hold tight, stay motivated for your mandatories and that huge night will come.
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