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Tyson Fury: Can he be boxing's version of The Beatles?

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He's the new unified heavyweight champion but faces some of the same obstacles as his predecessor.

Can the charismatic Tyson Fury generate mainstream interest outside of the U.K, Ireland and Germany?

Can he become a star in the U.S. as well?

UFC's Conor McGregor is doing it, and The Beatles, tennis great Andy Murray and boxer Lennox Lewis have done it.

Yet Carl Froch and Ricky Hatton, despite their charisma inside and outside the ring, never quite attained mainstream popularity in the U.S and outside Europe.

Tyson Fury seemingly has all of the tools to be a big international star. The new champ is a hulking 6'9", and is funny, boisterous, controversial, extremely confident and, yes, a bit obnoxious at times. Moreover, he's been know to blow out a few melodies on occasion.

Like the legendary Beatles of the 1960s, he's an event promoter's dream, but the 'pond' can still generate a deep cultural divide.

 

As the Klitschko brothers, Hatton and Froch learned, simply being good isn't enough to be a mainstream star on multiple continents.

 

Can Other Top Heavyweights Garner More Mainstream Attention?

Alexander Povetkin, Kubrat Pulev, Ruslan Chagaev, Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua are quality heavyweights but do they have that special quality that transcends continents, a la Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis?

Wilder has shown some potential but is still not mainstream in the States yet.

At this moment, Tyson Fury, like him or not, may be the division's best hope to thrust heavyweight boxing back into the international mainstream.

Is Tyson Fury's popularity across the pond crucial to the health of the heavyweight division and/ or the sport as a whole? If so, can he be boxing's version of The Beatles, and take the sports world by storm?

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