That 2012 Ukrainian Olympic team has turned out to be special, hasn’t it? You now have two Lineal Champions in Oleksandr Usyk and Gvozdyk, and one who should have been at 126 (had Walters stayed at 126…) and might get there at 135 (if Garcia comes back down to 135…). I imagine Vasyl Lomachenko can earn that at 130, as well, granted Miguel Berchelt and Alberto Machado fight each other. Now if only Taras Shelestyuk and Denys Berinchyk would get more active.
My two cents on the big heavyweight fight: Tyson clearly out-boxed Wilder. While the work rate was low in just about every round, Fury’s jab was the staple of the fight and his defense is remarkable for a big man’s. If Wilder wasn’t missing with the vast majority of his shots, he wouldn’t have been blowing harder than Fury and he wouldn’t have looked the less confident of the two throughout.
Granted that, Wilder deserves loads of credit for continuing to plug away. Fury also earns a tip of the hat for that Holmes-like getup in the 12th. Wilder is still no Earnie Shavers.
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I just assembled these to give you an idea of the folks who have so much emotionally invested in Wilder that they resort to these sorts of things. And say what you want about “long counts”, bad scorecards, etc., Tyson Fury is well on his way to becoming the people’s champion. His story, his comeback, his demeanor–it’s palatable to the common man. He’s genuine.
How old was Camacho when he weighed 112, 13?
This guy might have an aneurysm in a few years. There is a bigger wave approaching.
*An acknowledgment to @HH_boxing for his contribution.