Not sure if anyone caught the Wilder vs Fury boxing match last weekend, but Tyson Fury tore up Wilder and things ended in the 7th round with the towel being tossed into the ring. This was the second match up between the 2 with the first being a draw. There has not been many great heavyweight match ups lately so I thought it would be interesting to transport back to the 80’s. Mike Tyson is one of the greatest boxers of all time. In his early career it normally did not take Mike many rounds to get the big KO. Fury is no slouch when it comes to winning, so I thought it would be interesting to see how Iron Mike in his prime would match up with Fury today. Both have very good records and anyone who grew up in the 80’s knows how good Mike Tyson was even if you never got to watch one of his fights. So the last Fury fight Tyson weighed in at 273 lbs and at 6 feet 9 inches he has a slight advantage in his 85 inch reach, but Iron Mike was special throughout his boxing career. Mike was around 215 lbs and his 5 feet 10 inch frame was solid as a brick shit house. Mike’s reach is over 2 feet shorter than Fury’s, but Mike who probably was a little short for a StormTrooper and probably a little short for a HeavyWeight Champion, did not back down from anyone and his punch is as hard as anyone’s, listed second hardest punch all time only to George Foreman, Mike’s punch feels like a college dorm fridge filled with beer being dropped on your head from the second floor. Iron Mike fought a little like the great 20’s legend Jack Dempsey. Dempsey weighed in at 197 lbs, but he was quick and has one of the hardest punches of all time.
He once shattered Jess Willard’s jaw and broke ribs for a man who outweighed Dempsey by 50 lbs and had almost 6 inches in height over him. So without further ado Tyson Fury round 1. This will be interesting to see. I think Fury will go hard after Mike first round but Mike is lighter and will dance a bit to try and wear down Fury. Not many punches will connect first round as the 2 size each other up and try and determine the best way to approach the rest of the match, and the bell rings. Round 2 Mike starts to get down in close about half way through the round and lands some nice body blows. Fury gets a couple shots in but Mike has lots of time to react to that long reach from Fury and simple dances out of the way. Round 2 ends with Mike edging out Fury. Round 3 Fury comes right into Iron Mike and lands a couple good blows before Mike hammers his midsection and creates some space. Right before the bell rings Iron Mike lands a major head shot. Fury can take a hit as his last fight proved when the power hitting Wilder landed several punches unsuccessful of knocking Fury down just a little. Round 4 Mike comes out aggressive bouncing, weaving, and waving, Mike doesn’t land many punches but Fury is starting to tire with all the movement and missed punches and once again Mike gets a huge punch in on the head of Fury right at the end of the round. 5TH round, Fury still a little rattled but he comes out with some fire going right at Iron Mike again. Mike is just to elusive for Fury to land a clean hard punch.
Mike gets a few good body shots in, but Fury has learned not to let his guard down till the bell rings. 6TH round Mike comes out knowing he is wearing Fury down but he needs to get some better shots on him. He goes to work on the lower body landing some good blows. Fury fights back but Mike is able to land a couple good hits to the head and Fury stumbles back to his corner as the bell rings. 7th round, Fury comes out in a defensive stance. Mike sees that those shots he got in last round are still ringing. Mike is in Fury’s head now as well, and Fury is not going to be as aggressive on his attack. Mike still has some bounce in his step but in 7 rounds he has taken a few shots from the big guy, but he’s ready to bounce another round and wear Fury down even more, and go for the fatal blow in the 8th. Surprisingly Fury gets a second wind and drops a headshot at the end of the round. Mike now realizing if Fury digs in and plays good defense, he can go 12 rounds by avoiding head shots. So Mike goes on a solid attack pushing Fury back into the ropes. Yes folks he has him on the ropes. Mike pounds Fury’s body and Fury is forced to fight back.
This was Mike’s plan all along and as soon as Fury comes off the ropes Mike goes in for the kill landing a punch to knock Fury to the mat. Fury fights to get up and makes it. Iron Mike comes in for the kill moments before the bell and Fury is able to avoid another blow from Mike. 9th round, both opponents are starting to tire. Fury has taken a beating and pulls all of his will together to stay in this fight. Fury got his bell rung last round but he still has fight in him. As they square up Mike wants to get another blow in on that head. Instead he settles for body shots. There won’t be any body slamming like WrestleMania III when Hulk Hogan slammed Andre the Giant, but it’s looking like Mike has the upper hand on Goliath. Fury holds off Mike and is able to land a few good shots, but Mike still dancing avoids any major blows and wins the round. Mike getting nervous about going the distance on this one, sits back in preparation to save energy for the 10th to wage a hit and bring Fury down. At the start of the 10th Mike comes out on the defense, trying to lure Fury into an attack.
Fury takes the bait but drops a hard left to Iron Mike. Mike drops a hard body combo and gets around that long reach to deliver a blow to Fury’s head and knocking him to the mat. Something that Iron Mike had done to so many in 1 or 2 rounds. This one felt good, because of the size and the ferocious appetite Fury carried for the sport. Mike looks on as the ref counts. Unable to pull himself to a full stance before a 10 count is counted. Fury fought valiantly, but the constant battering from Iron Mike can wear any man down, no matter how strong or big he may be. Mike comes away with the KO, but after the match there is no bitterness just thoughts of a rematch. The eighties were a wild time but a great time for boxing. There have been many great match ups over the decades and this one is just a fantasy, the world will never really know how this one would have ended, but I hope you all enjoyed my take on what could have happened.
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