Wladimir Klitschko vs Tyson Fury 2: Something Must Change in Rematch
After 10 years without a loss, Wladimir Klitschko's heavyweight title reign came to an end in November.
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 in November and once again become top dog?
Former IBF heavyweight champion Chris Byrd, who fought both Klitschkos, doesn't like Wlad's chances.
Will a failure to make adjustments serve as Wlad's downfall?
"The thing is, in my opinion...adjustments [was Klitschko's big problem]," Byrd recently told popular fight reporter Radio Rahim of BoxingScene.
"When you watch a Tyson Fury fight, he is a flat footed guy coming straight forward. When he gets in a fight, he boxes you."
"You have to be ready for everything, especially when you're the champion because everyone is coming to take your belt. But he's been so dominant for so long, that in camp he was probably like 'Steve Cunningham knocked this guy down, this is going to easy work.' Now you have a young, hungry guy who is 6'9 and moving, using the jab and confident - that is hard to beat," Byrd added.
Fury's size and ability to box and move from the outside completely smothered Wlad's offense, limiting him to a total of 52 total punches and 8 powershots landed in the entire 12 rounds.
Klitschko typically uses his size, awesome skills and athleticism to wear down opponents and then knock them out. But the 6'9" Tyson Fury is no ordinary opponent. Wlad cannot fight him the same way he fought 6'1" Eddie Chambers and a slew of other challengers and expect to win.
"You have to have Plan A to Z and have all of these adjustments ready. It kind of freaked [Klitschko] out [that Fury had a different style]," said Byrd.
Fury is not going to make mistakes unless forced out of his comfort zone. And because it's likely Tyson will force Wlad to be the aggressor again, something the latter is not accustomed to, Wlad will have to make some serious adjustments to win.
Can Klitschko fight effectively going forward?
"Now [Klitschko is] fighting a guy who is 2 to 3 inches taller, moving and boxing. Now you're trying to come forward being a slugger now," professed Byrd.
It's obvious something must change. What worked against smaller, more limited opposition will not work against Fury.
Can a 40 year old dog learn new tricks?