Tyson Fury: Why punching power is underrated

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We are three weeks away from one of the most anticipated fights in recent memory, the rematch between WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder and undefeated former champion Tyson Fury.

Consensus tells a brawl favors Wilder while a hit-and-don't-be-hit boxing match would be to Fury's advantage. Even Wilder, himself, recently suggested Fury doesn't have enough punching power to be a knockout threat. But, does he really believe that? Subsequently, Fury's trainer warned his fighter's punching power shouldn't be underestimated.

"You can group Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder being one-punch guys," Steward told BoxingScene.com. "They don’t have some of the other things Tyson does, but Tyson can also get you out there with one punch."

To Steward's point, Fury doesn't boast the explosiveness of Wilder or Joshua but can certainly earn an opponent's respect with the power he has. Like a welterweight version of Floyd Mayweather, Fury seems to sacrifice power for speed but can generate decent power when he sits on his shots.

It's easy to call Floyd and Fury feather-fisted until you're in the ring with them, taste their power and subsequently realize walking them down will be no easy task.

You're likely to get buzzed from incoming shots before stepping back to re-think your gameplan.

Fury isn't likely to land hard enough to generate a highlight reel one-punch knockout but he has enough power to make an opponent tentative offensively.

Let's cycle back to 2015 when Fury won the title from legend Wladimir Klitschko. Heading into the 11th Round, Wlad's corner implored him to knockout out his foe, knowing Wlad was badly trailing on points. But whenever Klitschko came forward, Fury would crack him with a hard shot, keeping Wlad at bay and forcing him to apply caution at a time when aggression was required. And in Round 12, a desperate Wlad jumped on Fury but was, again, stopped in his tracks when Tyson punched back.

And is his first bout with Wilder, we saw the champion get jolted a few times before seemingly being hurt by a Fury assault in the last minute of the fight.

Of course, Fury's fight with Tom Schwarz last year is a fine example of what Fury can do when he sits on his shots. After toying with Schwarz in Round 1, Tyson turned southpaw in Round 2, became more flat-footed and landed bombs to hurt and floor his foe en route to a earning stoppage later in the round.

Tyson Fury has proven that, despite not being a knockout artist, he certainly has enough power for it to be a factor in the fight.

 
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