Come on now mate, don't let your dislike of Fury cloud your judgement. Stiverne, Arreola, Jennings & chagaev arent in Fury's league. He's ranked higher in every major organisation, for a reason. The only major organisation where he isn't top 3 is the WBA, but then they rate Lucas Browne, Antonio Tarver & Shannon Briggs in the current top 10, which says a lot about their rankings.
Dislike doesn't really cloud my judgement, I'm quite vocal about my dislike for Khan, but still defend his achievements, right to fight amongst the elite and the skillset he has (whilst enjoying his flaws, naturally :) ). I just genuinely don't rate Fury as a fighter.
Stiverne would beat Fury for me, Arreola, Jennings and Chagaev, who knows. The issue I have with Fury, is not just that technically, he's a poor boxer, he is, but more that he's scared. He gets in the ring, and behaves like a man who is frightened. He has this massive frame which he doesn't fully utilise, rather than use it as a weapon, he hides behind it.
Browne, Tarver and Briggs, he should overcome, but he needs to build self belief, and I get that there might be a few raised eyebrows at that. But there's a difference between true belief in the ring, and spouting your mouth off at a press conference, or calling someone a pussy on Twitter, to me, all that hot air and bluster is him hiding his fears, trying to build himself up, to over come it.
As soon as he comes up against a fighter with some technical ability, some ring craft, and a half decent hitter, he's gone. I base that on what I've seen in the ring, not his total ******** behaviour out of it.
The Povetkin fight would be good though, that's a decent matchup & one I'd enjoy.
Granted his résumé isn't exactly star-studded, but he can only fight what's in front of him. The talent pool in HW boxing has been shallow for a long time. Hence why we had the likes of David Haye as World Champion, in te not-to-distant past. Speaking of which, how good was Haye's HW resume, before his shot at that monster Valuev? Haye blagged his way into the picture. Fury has done no different.
FWIW, I'd rather not see Fury-Wlad, as Wlad would jab him all night, with Tyson struggling to close the gap & eventually losing. I'd much prefer him to go the WBC route & chase that glass jawed fraud, Deontay Wilder.
Povetkin wins, and would stop Fury for me, second half of the fight 6-8th. Fury should be able to hide behind his jab, weight & frame to tire him out, and win in the latter rounds, but he wouldn't. Technically, he'd be flawed, he'd get hit, he'd panic, which gets him drawn into trading, and he'd be punished for it.
Wlad, well, it'd be no different to most of his fights, he'd jab his opponent into submission, and end it against middle to late. I think Wilder will beat him too, Wilder (like Adonis Stevenson) proved against better opposition, he can box his way to victory. Stevenson, also had a reputation for being just a banger, and like Wilder, against technically poor opponents, just KO'd them out with speed. But like Stevenson against Cloud, proved that when a technically competent fighter is put in front of him, he can box (surprisingly well actually) and not rely on punching power alone to garner victory, and last the distance against a decent level opponent. Yeah sure, Wilder is still guilty of losing his discipline when he see's a potential finish in sight, but he's a young man who is learning, and improving and is supremely confident when that bell goes.
Finally, as I've mentioned, his cousin Hughie is the real prospect. If not for his 10-month layoff, we could be speaking about him in title challenges right now. He's a serious prospect. Better than his cousin by a country mile & also, a better prospect than Anthony Joshua. If those two eventually meet, in say, 2-4 years time, get your money on Hughie. It'll be worth it
I'll have to bow to your judgement and reserve mine for now. Only seen him a couple of times, ease pass a couple of unremarkable opponents on C5. I'm a big fan of AJ, and hope he doesn't follow the route of Price, a fight now against Thompson, seems a good milestone, but if you're right, and AJ lives up to his hype, it'll be nice to have a couple of prospects in the pipeline, HW is seriously lacking.
This fight must happen. Forget Floyd & Pac, from an entertainment perspective, Froch vs Triple G is a full-on, legitimate candidate for fight of the decade.
First off, the fight would need to be made at a catch weight, probably 164lbs. If GGG can carry that power, up in weight, & Froch can retain that steely grit & stamina, whilst dropping weight, then we could be talking about a fight, which has the right ingredients to resemble a Gatti-Ward, SRL-Hearns, Corrales-Castillo, Hagler-Hearns.
GGG is probably my current favourite, active fighter. He's an animal, who's fully deserving of his recent ascent into Ring Magazine's top 10 P4P rankings. And make no mistake, that is a highly coveted achievement. His power is frightening. So frightening, it's actually causing his career to stall, because his matchmakers struggle to find able & willing opponents. He's in the same boat as Guillermo Rigondeaux, (the best SBW on the planet) The pair of them struggle to get big venues, big opponents & big purses. Which really is a testament to their abilities.
However, with all that said, Triple G did show, albeit fleeting, chinks in his armour, in his last outing against Martin Murray. He can be hit. Unfortunately for Murray though, he isn't a banger. Froch can be. If GGG allows himself to be caught so easily by Froch, then it'll make for a brilliant encounter. Can Froch disrupt him? Can Froch hurt him? Very possible
Styles make fights. That's the old saying. And it's never been more apt. The brawler with the granite chin, great stamina & vast experience, against the highly intelligent, most fearsome puncher on the planet? Yes please. Would swap this for Floyd-Pac in a flash
Finally, agree with everything above :smile: . What a fight that would be, Froch would need to be at his GGII best, using his jab, and attacking in flurries when GGG moves forward, both have proven they can absorb heavy hits while dishing out, and I have no fear in GGG's ability to step up weights.
GGG has always been hit-able, but seems to walk through it, it would be interesting to see how he copes up against a big hitter from a higher weight though. He showed against Murray he was flawed, but Murray is a very tough fighter, if not a big banger, Froch would be a big big step up on Murray.
Also, you need to be a little greedier, let us have both....