Wilder vs. Fury: Who will stand tall?

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Writer: The Jammy Brand

Published: Thursday, November 29, 2018

Look, let me just get this out of the way. I don’t give a damn about no Anthony Joshua. Sure, he is the Heavyweight division’s cash cow and top ranked fighter. But he is far from the perfect champ, far. The two best heavyweights in the division are squaring off on Saturday. You’ll see.

This Saturday boxing is back again with another spectacular fight (I told y’all boxing is hot right now). Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder will be squaring off against the cheeky, “Gypsy King”, Tyson Fury. Alabama country boy (Roll Tide!) against the loud mouth Brit (God Save the Queen!). Most people will say this fight has exhausted it’s due date, I’ll tell you why they are wrong.

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See, it’s been three years since Tyson Fury dethroned the Heavyweight King, Wladimir Klitschko. Post fight, the boxing pundits immediately began debating and clamoring for Fury vs. Joshua, or Fury vs. Wilder. We have known for years that Heavyweight supremacy would come down to a gauntlet of fights involving the trio of Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua, and Deontay Wilder. We are still waiting for those gauntlet of fights.

In 2015, Fury would have been the overwhelming favorite to beat Wilder. However, going into the fight this Saturday, Wilder will be a 3/2 favorite. What changed?

2015 saw Deontay Wilder finally joining the ranks of the upper echelon. He was very green in experience, and somewhat untested. Essentially, Wilder was a walking windmill. Since 2015 he has been collecting BODIES. Like, he has voiced out his own mouth that he hopes to kill a man in the ring (what kind of black Ivan Drago ish…). Wilder finally has the names on his resume to match and back up his bravado. His body count includes: Stiverne, Molina, Szpilka, Arreola, Washington, and earlier this year, Luis Ortiz. Deontay has withstood being outskilled, outworked, and has shown a strong chin as well.

2015 saw Fury as the recognized Lineal Heavyweight champion. A year later he was a dumpster fire. Tyson Fury went through an extended battle with mental complications. Troubled by depression and anxiety, Fury followed up his dominant performance against Klitschko by indulging in cocaine and binge drinking [inserts Stephen A Smith Smith “WHO WAS ON CRACK” video]. In his slump, he tacked on another 7 or 8 stones, almost tipping the scales at 400 pounds. Fury, once a man of banter, had become the joke of boxing.

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Check out my guy now though. Fury looks to be in the best shape he has ever been. Although his level of opposition has been weak, over the course of the last year Fury has regained his stature and impressed in the ring. Tyson has slowly got back to peak weight, and surely his boxing skills are still in tact. Fury is a pure boxer. For such a large human, his footwork rivals a Dancing with the Stars contestant. He is slick and agile, with proper speed. Where the heavyweight division is notorious for sluggers with minimal technical skills, Tyson Fury is a standout for his excellent use of the jab and angles.

His opponent couldn’t be anymore of an opposite. Deontay Wilder is cringe personified to most boxing purists. Wilder’s footwork, atrocious. Wilder’s technique looks like the guy at the gym, you know the guy… the guy who hits the punching bag and grunts while you are trying to finish your third set of cleans. Ok, he is not that bad. But Wilder makes one thing look pretty though, a knockout. Wilder has knocked out every single opponent he has ever faced. That’s 39 people if you aren’t hip. His 2017 first round knockout of Bermane Stiverne, is a literal meme. If anything makes you want to tune into this fight, let it be the high percentage of seeing a KO and some trash talk.

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Styles make fights though. Wilder is no Mike Tyson. Whereas Iron Mike would stalk his opponent and come forward, Wilder is comfortable laying back and countering off the jab. Deontay is extremely patient in working to set up his big shot. Tyson Fury likes to extend range, and use his jab to set up the right hand. Fury often switches between Orthodox and Southpaw to disrupt his opponents rhythm. Neither fighter will be anxious to come forward. So it will be very interesting to see just who will be pushing the pace and action. Neither will give much attention to the body. But body work may be the key differentiator in the end. How will Wilder handle being the less skilled boxer and smaller man for once? Will Fury be able to stand up to the power and speed that Deontay presents?

We watched Wilder struggle with guys who have boxing competence before. Bermane Stiverne had a few bright moments in their first encounter. Wilder was down on the cards to Artur Szpilka before putting him to sleep. Luis Ortiz, arguably the most skilled heavyweight of this generation, had a lot of strong moments and almost had Deontay out cold on his feet. But Wilder proved resilient, and showed dominance in each fight. He uses his jab, he has shown to be proficient on defense, he mixes angles, and he sets traps. Kill the narrative that he can’t box and he is not skilled, Wilder is just unorthodox.

We have seen Fury hit the canvas. Steve Cunningham brought the Philly bull out and was able to put up a valiant effort early against Tyson Fury. Cunningham put Fury on his butt and had a young Jammy thinking we were going to see a historic upset. And then Fury got up. Fury dominated his way to a stoppage. Tyson has battled depression, alcoholism, drug abuse, and weight issues. He fell from stardom. And then he got up. The mere fact he is back in a championship fight is a win alone.

They are as much alike as they are different. These guys are giants. Fury stands 6’9, while Deontay is a modest 6’7. These guys are both arrogant. Deontay flexes his prowess over a country mumble, whenever he sees a mic. Tyson really believes he is a gift from God and that we should be honored by his presence. Their biggest shared trait: they both want to beat Anthony Joshua’s ass. In fact, Joshua’s refusal to fight either, made this fight happen. Thanks AJ!

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Winner will be able to bring a strong case for a 50/50 split on terms at the negotiation table against Anthony Joshua. Whereas AJ would not come stateside, Fury has stepped up to challenge Deontay on his home turf. Whereas Joshua only offered Wilder $12 million for the biggest fight the division, the Fury bout will garner Wilder $14 million. A win for Tyson Fury would mean he is officially back. Being the man to dethrone Klitschko and the first to beat Wilder, would give Tyson major clout in the Pound for Pound talks. Wilder once again wants to prove that his boxing ability is grossly underestimated. A win over Fury, combined with his total resume, would lend support to the to the minority opinion that he can box and bang with the best. You can catch this fight on Pay Per View or if you are cheap like me, check out Fathom Events to see this fight in a movie theater near you. But just do me a favor and watch the damn fight.

Daniel Jacobs vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko: The Perfect Curtain Call for HBO Boxing

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Writer: Jamal Henderson

Published: October 25, 2018

 

Back at it again! First things first, this article is sponsored by The Jammy Brand. Get your merch.

 

OK, now who is trying to rock with me to New York City this weekend? Madison Square Garden. And no, not to see my bum ass Knicks play (we on the up though!); we in there for BOXING. See while the sheep are trying to steer you away from the sweet science, by telling you it is dead, Suave has asked me to save y’all – boxing is alive and well.

 

UFC is cool and all, but c’mon, Y’all saw that McGregor vs Khabib fight. Khabib laid on McGregor for long periods of time and all the real action happened post fight. The highlight of the night was Derrick Lewis’ interview! We got real fights over on this side!

 

On the heels of Canelo vs GGG 2, we were just blessed with a sensational 12th round TKO by Pound for Pound King, Terence Crawford. Last weekend we even got to see Shakur Stevenson with the flashy first round knockout. Upcoming, we have Lomachenko vs. Pedraza and Wilder vs. Fury. Boxing is so lit right now!

 

As I was saying before, October 27th you can catch me watching Daniel Jacobs square off against Sergiy Derevyanchenko. Stop. Reread that. I said Derevyanchenko not Lomachenko. Don’t get them confused. On paper they are eerily similar though. Derevyanchenko, is also an amateur standout (390-20) and Ukrainian Olympian. Also like Loma, he is challenging for a title in very few Pro fights; he’s only 12-0. Winning this fight could have him sitting right next to his countryman on the Pound for Pound list.

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Danny Jacobs is a former champion and the King of NY Boxing at the moment. He is one of Brooklyn’s finest. This fight is technically home court advantage for him. Jacobs just signed a promotional contract with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sports. They are the Top Rank/Golden Boy of Europe. I’m thankful for this, because now Danny will get the promotion he deserves.

 

See, Danny is a former WBA Champion. Danny Jacobs also has a quality resume, with wins over the likes of: Ishe Smith, Caleb Truax, Sergio Mora (2x), and Peter Quillin. The Latter win was the fight for NYC supremacy. In what was supposed to be an exciting and hotly contested fight between New York’s proudest two fighters, we ended up with a quick first round knockout. But I seldom see a casual boxing fan gush over Jacobs. Also the whole world seems to have forgot, JACOBS WON THAT GGG FIGHT! Debate your mother.

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So yes, before Canelo made GGG look beatable, Jacobs took the fight to him and made him look even more human. Danny got dropped early in the fight, but got off the canvas to put on one hell of a performance. That was the first fight we didn’t see Golovkin knockout his opponent. At times in that fight, GGG looked shook. Sure GGG may have boxed well and scored a knock down behind excellent use of the jab, but he still got hit a bunch with solid counters. Jacobs wanted all smoke.

 

And while he may be an exceptional fighter in the ring, Jacobs is best known for his fight outside of it. In May 2011, Jacobs was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a life-threatening form of bone cancer. So not only did Jacobs defy the odds of never being able to fight again, he defied those odds and became a world champion. Saturday, he will try to accomplish that feat once again.

 

Jacobs and Derevyanchenko are very, very familiar with each other. Sergiy chooses to fight out of NYC. Inevitably his path has crossed with Jacobs. Upon arrival to America, Sergiy was introduced to trainers Andre Rozier and Gary Stark, who welcomed him into their camp. Guess who else those two train… Danny Jacobs. With Danny already an established Middleweight, it made sense to have Derevyanchenko as a sparring partner. The duo have traded leather over 300 rounds of sparring. So expect this fight to start slow, the respect level is high here.

 

Rozier has been training Danny since he was 14, so he will be the lead man in his corner. Stark however will split and lead Sergey’s. So there is a lot of bragging rights on the table. In order to claim those bragging rights, one side will have to out smart the other. Boxing is a thinking man’s game.

 

Derevyanchenko is very methodical. He exudes patience and takes his time breaking down opponents. However, once he has you figured out, he goes to work! Reference his last fight with Tureano Johnson to see his destruction. Jacobs is a boxer-puncher. He can box when he needs to, but he is heavy handed so he won’t whiff on the opportunity to score a KO. Danny will be the bigger fighter in the ring, and should look to play that to his advantage.

 

On paper, we have a great fight. We get to watch two of the top 5 fighters at 160 square off. There will be tactical skills, and there will be big punches. I won’t make a prediction, but just know this is a good one! Also on the card, a rematch of 2016’s Fight of the Year. Heather “Heat” Hardy seeks to earn another close but decisive win over Shelly “Shelito’s Way” Vincent. The first fight between these ladies resulted in a war. Hopefully this one can match the intensity of their first fight.

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So okay, we aren’t going to MSG. Whatever, I’ll settle for TV. But do yourself a favor and watch for your own entertainment. Tune into HBO this Saturday, October 27th at 10PM. Daniel Jacobs vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko – a fight that promises to be the perfect curtain call for HBO Boxing.