Thursday , January 28 2021

Frank Warren: Fury Now in Driver's Seat, He's No. 1 Heavyweight



By Frank Warren, courtesy of The Daily Star

TYSON FURY woke up the heavyweight division last weekend – he should have woken up on Sunday as the WBC World Heavyweight Champion too.

The whole country was going crazy over the draw with Deontay Wilder – which was the wrong decision – and the rematch will be even bigger.

There were almost 18,000 supporters in LA's Staples Center and more than half of them were cheering on the Brit.

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The Manchester fighter has hit rock bottom in life 18 months ago.

And as he lay flat on his back in the 12th round of a thrilling clash with Wilder last weekend, he was rock bottom in the ring.

But just like he did in life, Fury rose up when it looked like he was finished.

He was the only man in that arena who did not think it was all over – it was really inspirational.

The judges' decision to call it was a cruel but we all know who the real champion is.

What Fury displayed inside the ring was what we all thought he would do, but you just could not be sure in the later rounds because of his time out of the ring.

He was simply magnificent and he won the fight. I watched it back on Monday and thought it won by at least four rounds.

From his body language to the final bell, you could tell that Wilder did not think he was going to get the decision.

Fury is now in the driving seat. He is the No.1 heavyweight in the world.

Of course he would like to have the belt because they are the trophies of the sport, but he has got something none of the others got.

He is the line-up champion and he reaffirmed his position as the top man of the division.

I said whoever won the fight would be the No.1 and in my eyes and that of many astute judges, Fury did win.

The worrying thing for the heavyweight division is that he was a Fury who had just two warm-up fights in three years since beating Wladimir Klitschko.

Now he has these rounds in the bank he will be even better.

Fury wants the rematch with Wilder first but then he will be coming for Anthony Joshua – and they better not hide.


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