Tyson Fury to Face 31-0 Opponent in DecemberWritten by Lee Cleveland
Tyson Fury (19-0, 14 KO), ranked No. 7 in the world in the heavyweight division by BoxRec, will take a step up in class when he faces undefeated Russian Denis Boytsov (31-0, 25 KOs) on December 1.
Fury vs Boytsov, according to BoxRec, will take place at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast.
Since his most recent bout against Vinny Maddalone in July, rumors have persisted about Fury's next opponent.
In August, there was heavy speculation Tyson Fury would face former WBA Heavyweight Champion Ruslan Chagaev (29-2-1, 18 KO). There were also rumblings that Fury might possibly battle 44 year old fight legend James Toney but that idea was apparently rejected by Fury's handlers.
Other possible opponents who were allegedly considered include former WBO Heavyweight Champion Siarhei Liakhovich and former cruiserweight champion Jean-Marc Mormeck.
However, unlike the previous mentions, Boytsov appears to be a done deal as last minute negotiations between the Fury and Boytsov camps were finalized Tuesday afternoon, according to World Boxing News.
"We offered the fight to Boytsov and we were waiting to hear back any moment until we got confirmation just now that the fight is 99% done, which is great," Peter Fury told World Boxing News.
"It's not been easy getting a top fighter as we heard Chagaev has decided to fight Mike Perez after he refused Tyson. So it shows it's not straight-forward now to match him up."
Who is Denis Boytsov?
Born in Russia and currently fighting out of Hamburg, Germany, Denis Boytsov (31-0, 25 KOs) is small by heavyweight standards and certainly compared to Fury. He stands 6"1"/185cm and usually fights between 213 and 224 lbs (or roughly 100kg).
A decorated amateur, Denis was victorious in 115 of 120 bouts and won tournaments as a Light Middleweight, Heavyweight and Super Heavyweight.
The 26 year Boytsov, who turned pro in 2004, has recorded 13 first round knockouts leading some to compare him to a young Mike Tyson because he's an aggressive, in-your-face brawler with formidable hand speed and good punching power.
Boytsov has wins over two former heavyweight contenders on the downslide of their careers. He recorded a landslide points win over Dominick Guinn (then 33-8-1) in April after knocking out Darnell Wilson (then 24-13-3) in 4 rounds last January. He also decisioned journeyman Vinny Maddalone 4 years ago.
Aside from the above names, no other Boytsov opponent stands out.
Give Fury and Boytsov credit... They are two young, upwardly mobile heavyweights taking major risks by fighting one another. They'll be a good test for each other and the winner will most certainly be considered a legitimate top 10 heavyweight and perhaps next in line to face a Klitschko.
Recently, Tyson Fury has grabbed headlines by issuing public threats to his countryman David Price.
When asked his thoughts on Price's 81 second demolition of Harrison earlier this month, a bitter Fury railed:
"To be honest, Harrison is the biggest bum inside boxing and my reaction to Price and Maloney calling me out, that midget yeah! I'll fight David Price any day of the week."
Fury vs Boytsov Facts
- Boytsov is 26, Fury is 24
- Tyson will have an 8 inch/21 cm height advantage
- Denis has six more knockouts (25) than Tyson has fights (19)
- Tyson has knocked out his last 4 opponents and 5 of his last 6
- Boytsov has never fought outside of Germany or Austria
- Both fighters are orthodox
- Since January 2010, Boytsov has fought 5 times, Tyson 10 times
- They have a combined record of 50-0, 39 KOs
- Denis Boytsov is rated No. 8 by RING Magazine while Fury is ranked No. 10 by the same publication
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