Heavyweight Tyson Fury the entertainer grinds out win against Steve Cunningham
Fury defeats Cunningham at NYC's Madison Square Garden
“Peter has taken that out of him. He made him stick to game plans, made him box and made him disciplined. I think it was apparent tonight that there was no discipline early doors.”
Fury the trainer took to Twitter to vent his frustration at his nephew’s showing on the night.
“Tyson is temperamental and needs guidance otherwise [he] goes in to fight,” he tweeted after the fight, and in a later update added: “That wasn't him last night I give it two out of 10 to what he can do.”
Fury went on to say in later tweets that Tyson could be back in action in July in an IBF eliminator with Kubrat Pulev.
For his part, Cunningham gave props to his opponent but did question some of his tactics.
“His size is his advantage. He did what was supposed to do and that is be the big man,” Cunningham said.
“I saw the highlights and there was a lot of elbows and holding, especially at the knockdown or knockout or whatever. He held me up with his forearm and he punched me. That is illegal.”
There is no doubt that Fury is a consummate entertainer. From dancing between rounds to serenading the crowd and NBC viewers with his rendition of Rickey Van Shelton’s “Keep it Between The Lines" after the fight, he is colorful, brash and exciting.
Fury showed great heart to pick himself up off the canvas and grind out the win, but he did not wow boxing fans with his skill inside the squared circle. Fighting a smaller, faster fighter might not have suited Fury.
“If Tyson is disciplined and sticks to his game plan he is a very, very special fighter,” said Hennessy.
“Tyson prefers to fight bigger fighters, taller fighters as he gets his shots off better. The Klitschkos are a perfect size for him.”
Neither Klitschko will be unduly worried about the threat posed by Fury based on Saturday’s performance, but if the fighter can overcome Pulev in his next fight, he will earn a tilt at Wladimir’s IBF title.
For Hennessy, though his man did not fight the fight they wanted, Fury still showed that he can put on a spectacle.
“This game needs a bit of show business, it needs a bit of entertainment. The heavyweight division has needed an injection in the arm for a long time and it just got it with Tyson Fury,” he said.
Earlier on the undercard, Fury’s cousin, heavyweight Hughie Fury (2-0, 2 KOs), scored a first round TKO over Alex Rozma, ending affairs with 2:26 gone in the first stanza.
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