In any fight, there are only two outcomes; it can end via stoppage or it can end having gone the full course and require the judges’ decision.
Yet within this, there is so much that can happen. The ebb-and-flow of the contest can change based on a single power punch, stamina, the ability to gauge and more, all of which usually make predicting a definitive ending as hard as attaining one.
However, there are traits and characteristics that allow us to paint an accurate picture of how a particular fight can go. Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury are two fighters that have garnered a lot of attention and as such, there are a few scenarios more likely to occur than any others when the two meet.
1 -Klitschko For the K.O
“The fight will just be about who can pull the trigger quicker.”
Wladimir Klitschko is known for fighting more aggressively against bigger men. The 6ft 6in Klitschko doesn’t often get to fight bigger men but when he does they provide him more of a target, look a lot slower than him and don’t pose a threat on the inside, meaning less of the panicky grabbing we have seen Klitschko do against the likes of David Haye and Alexander Povetkin who were both 6ft 2in.
However, Klitschko’s style won’t be to press Tyson Fury back and this may result in the fight being a stand-off. Then it will just be about who can pull the trigger quicker. Klitschko is likely the quicker of the two (as stated by Steve Cunningham, former Fury opponent who has trained with both fighters) and so it is possible to see him landing his now famed lead-left hook or the quick 1-2 (jab and straight right) which are the best weapons he has and the key to his style.
Whilst Tyson Fury has shown great powers of recovery one would have to think he has super-powers to believe he could consistently eat power shots from a man that has knocked out over 80% of his opponents. Fury has also shown his defence – when he chooses to have one – can often rely on his footwork and range, two areas where Klitschko can match him.
Therefore, the most logical outcome in this fight is Klitschko winning via knockout in the late rounds after just one too many of his power punches land.
2 – A Big Hug-Fest
Big fight hype sucks us all in and the build-up for this bout has been epic. Yet, let’s not forget, when we’ve expected a test before for Wladimir, the fights have been boring, grinding wins.
David Haye, Alexander Povetkin, Bryant Jennings and even 6ft 7in undefeated pole Marius Wach were all meant to come out and test Klitsckhko but all ended up losing decisions. The main reason why was because Wladimir Klitschko has excellent neutralising skills. Pushing the rules to their limit, Klitschko is a master at clinching, holding and controlling opponents, in between popping out his jab and landing the odd big punch.
Opponents can find this physically drains them to the point they can’t mount a sustained attack. Tyson Fury has very little experience in professional boxing of fighting an opponent over 6ft 5in (three times only) and therefore may find it difficult to perfect any kind of range to land his shots. This will play into the hands of Klitschko, who is clearly the stronger of the two and will man-handle Fury when they come together. Now we also know the ring canvas is being talked about as having extra levels of foam padding, something which will affect the movement of these giant men.
Not to forget, with this fight being in Germany, if the fight is tight and messy, the decision will always go to Klitsckho. Going to his (in David Haye’s words) jab jab grab style could be Klitschko’s plan B. This will see him win a comfortable decision but the fans ultimately losing out on a good contest.
3 – Fury Finds the Gears
At 6ft 9in, 27 years old and just 24-0, Fury is bigger (including his reach by four inches), 12 years younger, fresher and probably hungrier.
Fury has a 75% knockout ratio. He also has proven he can be a busy fighter, constantly throwing punches. He has a great selection of shots, showing power in his hooks to the body, uppercuts and jab. He has also shown a real mean streak (see his vicious fouling knockout out over Steven Cunningham), great recovery powers (see how he took huge punches against Nevan Pajkic) and great footwork. If he puts all of this together, he could actually do what he says and destroy Klitschko.
However, on top of all that, he needs to eliminate his lapses of concentration, his clumsiness and his tendency to lose his cool when things get heated. Is he capable of this kind of a performance?
Some of boxing’s best minds have said that the sport is 70% mental. Fury seems to be convinced of that fact he is destined to be the baddest man on the planet. And why wouldn’t he? He has been over 6ft 4in since 14 and his dad – famed bare-knuckle gypsy champion Johnny Fury – had him throwing punches since he was a toddler. He was even named with the thought he would be a boxing great. For Fury, this is just destiny fulfilling itself.
If so, Fury will be too much and over-run Klitschko by the middle rounds forcing him to either quit on his stool or make the referee stop the fight.