Wladimir Klitschko vs Tyson Fury 2: Will we see Wlad in 'Mike Tyson' mode again? (Highlights)
In November, Wladimir Klitschko's 11 year reign as heavyweight champion ended.
If things go according to planned, Tyson Fury vs. Wladimir Klitschko 2, the rematch, will take place sometime this summer.
Can the former champion redeem himself of his disappointing performance last fall and once again become top dog?
... Or will a failure to make adjustments serve as Wlad's downfall?
It's obvious something must change for Klitschko. What worked against smaller, more limited opposition will not work against the spry 6'10" Fury.
In their first bout, Klitschko simply looked bored. He fought with little desire and appeared to be merely going through the motions. There was no creativity, passion nor any sense of urgency.
It was as if the then long-reigning champion fought with a sense of "entitlement," assuming the judges couldn't possibly award the fight to someone else.
What can we expect in Klitschko vs Fury 2?
Will we see Wlad in 'Mike Tyson' mode again?
It was Independence Weekend in United States, July 7, 2012. While many Americans were on a holiday and enjoying festive times with friends and family, then-heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko engaged in a low-profile title defense and against top-level contender Tony Thompson in what was a rematch of their first affair four years prior.
What many in North America missed that evening was an angry, aggressive Ukrainian wrecking machine who looked a lot more like a young, hungry Mike Tyson than the cautious, pensive Wlad we're accustomed to seeing in the ring.
This was a different Wlad. He was a dominant brute, the quintessential heavyweight champion in the ring.
Noticeably stronger than his opponent, Wlad turned up the pace early and out-punched, out-slugged and out-bullied Tony, who'd won his previous 32 of 33 bouts, from the start.
The Ukrainian mack truck would badly hurt and subsequently drop Thompson twice in Round 6, forcing referee Sam Williams to give the challenger a standing count before stopping the fight at 2:56.
"He's strong and he's world heavyweight champion for a reason." Thompson proclaimed afterwards.
Will that version of Klitschko show up in his rematch with Tyson Fury?
It will be interesting to see what style Wlad implements for Klitschko vs Fury 2 because he's not going to defeat the Brit by adopting his usual, somewhat conservative, highly technical approach.
(KO highlights below)
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