Tyson Fury has promised to put on a show with Dillian Whyte on April 23rd and history tells us he will be doing just that.
The Gypsy King is defending his WBC heavyweight title at Wembley against a bitter domestic rival at Whyte and it’s his first home fight in four years.
Even in his early years, he made sure to keep fans entertained. Being 6ft 9in and a qualified heavyweight wasn’t enough for Fury, his personality was always bigger.
It was Maximus Decimus Meridius reincarnated.
When he faced Joey Abell – on Derek Chisora’s undercard against Kevin Johnson – in February 2014, Fury had the balls to tell the cameraman mid-fight: ‘I’m going to knock him out in a minute’ and then he actually did.
Fury was facing Abell in his first fight in the UK after beating Steve Cunningham on his US debut in April of the previous year and his record was 21-0.
Abell claimed to have suffered a low blow from Fury which forced the referee to call a break and as he stood in the corner the Gypsy King looked down the barrel and made his prediction.
He then dropped the American twice in the same round.
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First, he put down Abell with a bad right hand which he set up with a double left jab. Then he forced his opponent to a knee at the bell after swinging a left hook and then a right hook.
In round four, Abell actually fired back at Fury and caught him with an overhand right that caused swelling under his eye. But that only made Fury more excited and he took down Abell twice more, the last of which the referee decided was enough.
Securing the 16th knockout of his career at the time, Fury said, “I bring the action. Joey Abell is not on my level, because I am the best heavyweight in the world. I used to play games there and hope to be back in April.
He also called then world champion Wladimir Klitschko: “I beat Chisora three years ago and I will beat him again.
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He and Kevin Johnson are bums compared to me. I want Wladimir Klitschko, so come on, Wlad, stop being sorry about this.
Fury was supposed to face David Haye after Cunningham, but an injury to the Hayemaker prevented that from happening. He also wanted to fight two months after the Abell fight, but that didn’t happen either.
Instead, he fought Chisora for the second time, in November, in a one-sided match that even saw Fury asking the referee to stop the fight and put the Londoner out of his misery.
A year later, Fury finally got his wish and went on to defeat Klitschko for the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring heavyweight titles.