Tyson Fury: Overlooking Wladimir Klitschko?Written by Leroy Cleveland
Wladimir Klitschko, after losing to newly-crowned heavyweight champion Tyson Fury in a sloppy, low-energy affair in November, immediately exercised the rematch clause.
The date is set for June 4.
Will their rematch be any different?
One thing is for certain - the odds for this next fight will be.
For their first encounter, Wlad was sizable favorite at -490. Now, most oddsmakers have the rematch at about 50-50. However, given Fury's talk, one would believe he was a 20 to 1 favorite.
The new heavyweight champion has shown little respect for Wlad and has done little to suggest he's taking the rematch seriously.
Earlier this week, Fury even suggested he may help IBF champion Charles Martin for his first title defense. Martin, of course, will face young, surging Anthony Joshua.
"They're [Charles Martin's team] having camp in Big Bear in California and I would fancy it," Fury told Sky Sports. "Then again, do I help out a guy who could potentially take £10m out of my hands - depending on how much I help him?
"But you know what, I am going to help the guy out. When he comes to London a couple of weeks before the fight, I am going to go down and see him and give him a couple of hints, show him a few moves. I am not going to spar him though because I could be fighting him next, once I've beaten Klitschko again."
Is Tyson Fury serious?
Perhaps he should be a little more focused on retaining his title?
Keep in mind, Fury, although unbeaten, has been knocked down and rocked by lesser opponents, even journeymen.
When fighters showing more interest in other bouts than their own, it's usually not a good sign.
Perhaps Tyson Fury has a reason to be THAT confident?
Some surmise Wlad's age (40) is catching up with him while others insist Tyson Fury is a bad style match-up for the fighter dubbed 'Dr. Steelhammer.' But regardless of what people say or what Fury might be thinking, he has a tough opponent to deal with this summer.