Matt Christie, Danny Flexen, John Dennen, Paul Wheeler, Nick Bond and George Gigney discuss the future of Tyson Fury as part of our hopes and dream for 2016 – in this week’s issue of Boxing News magazine, out on our app and in stores on Thursday (January 7).
WHAT will become of Tyson Fury this year?
DF: He will stop Wladimir Klitschko late on in their rematch, then probably find his efforts to take on the rival IBF and WBC champs thwarted by evasion and boxing politics.
GG: He’ll beat Klitschko in the rematch and start to win over the British public and media as his warmer side comes to light.
MC: One suspects the media attack has paused rather than stopped, which is a shame. Providing he and his family emerge from that unscathed, I expect his reputation – both in and out of the ring – to improve immeasurably.
JD: I think he’ll beat Klitschko in the rematch, but maybe have a frustrating time waiting for a heavyweight unification clash. Hopefully they’ll have a celebrity edition of The Great British Bake Off, enlist Fury and he’ll become a national treasure. (That’s based on my imagination as opposed to any facts mind.).
PW: With his larger-than-life demeanour, Fury will continue to be the centre of attention in British boxing. He will grab many headlines – both good and bad – and his world heavyweight title reign will be an exciting ride, however long it lasts.
NB: Expect his stock to rise in the build-up to the Klitschko rematch. Should he win, that trajectory will continue. He’s massive news either way.
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