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THE PADDY FITZPATRICK COLUMN: Tyson takes round one
6:00am Wednesday 14th August 2013 in Sport
I don’t think anyone was surprised by the David Haye and Tyson Fury press conference recently - it was just as colouful as the fight should be exciting.
If we were given little pointers from the press conference then you’d have to give Tyson the first round.
Tyson did everything David would normally do to an opponent and was left speechless.
Tyson doesn’t necessarily need to trash talk and sometimes you think what is the man talking about. But he doesn’t care.
He genuinely believes there is not a man alive who can beat him and that makes him a very dangerous opponent for David.
If I was Tyson’s coach Peter Fury then I would be impressed by the press conference, now the biggest thing to concentrate on is controlling Tyson in the fight.
I don’t know how anyone favours David over Tyson. Yes, David is the proven commodity. Yes, he had a great cruiserweight career. Yes, he won the world heavyweight title.
He has been in the big fights, yes. But in his biggest fight against Klitschko, he underperformed.
I personally know that the plan against Klitschko was to win inside three rounds - there was no plan b or c and I expect David to have the same plan for this fight.
In my opinion Tyson Fury can walk right into David’s face, cup his hands up around his ears without even throwing a punch. David then has to either walk away from him or walk towards him.
If David has that choice he will stand and meet him and try to punch him.
By not exchanging David, Tyson can physically exhaust him in two or three rounds and then let the jab and double jab go.
David has the bigger fight experience but Tyson has shown great character in his career.
He fought a guy in just his second fight who had a record of 30 wins and just one or two losses. He beat John McDermott and when people said he shouldn’t have got the decision went to his back yard and beat him again.
Then he beat Martin Rogan who is a testing station at world level.
Yes, Tyson makes stupid mistakes but he has the belief, he just needs to be controlled.
The corner in this fight is extremely important and Peter Fury has the harder job of controlling Tyson but if he can do that then I think Tyson can win.
I’ll call it a 50-50 fight but David is in for a hard night’s work.
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