Tyson Fury - The Heavyweight Headline
The Tyson Fury vs Wladimir Klitschko London press conference was a dream for boxing. The robot like Klitschko appealed to hard core boxing fans, but Fury appeared to everyone and to most media outlet across the globe. Tyson Fury's antics not only entertained boxing fans, but they attracted tens of millions of potential new followers to the sport across the globe.
The press conference was to hype up the October 24th bout which Wladimir Klitschko. Klitschko will start the heavy favourite and is expected to win in one sided fashion. I do give Fury a chance and it will be interesting to see how Wlad copes with Fury's size.
Instead of a normal press conference panning out, which are usually boring and even media professionals who get paid to cover these will admit this, Tyson Fury answered the call. Fury appeared at the press conference in a Lamborghini and in a batman suit. Calling out ‘who called batman’? After that Fury approached the stage and a member of the audience dressed as the joker approached Fury. Fury then smashed the Joker character and carried him outside. Smashing all of Wlad's belts to the floor in the process.
Fury ran outside, took off the batman cape away from the audience and ran back in, in a very nice, high class suit. You can watch these antics on youtube, they were absolutely fabulous and comical for the sport. Showing aspects of entertainment which are clearly lacking.
Normal press conferences don’t attract new fans to the sport. Just have a look at the views on youtube that press conferences for major fights generate, it’s abysmal when you take into consideration the total potential sport audience which could be watching them.
So what was the response like after Fury’s antics?
Well it was a normal day in boxing. Several boxing writers with agenda’s failed to cover the press conference or write about Fury’s antics. But the non-boxing media found the comedy in this press conference and ran the headline and promoted boxing to millions of potential new fans across several continents. Tyson Fury should lose to Wladimir Klitschko next month. But regardless of the result, his antics and personality are an absolute goldmine for boxing. His reputation is rising, he’s attracting all forms of new attention for the sport. It’s time for media personalities to respond to what we are seeing. A charismatic, Heavyweight contender. And how refreshing is it to see an intelligent fighter not answer a question with 'I'm the A side' or 'he gonna get it'. Fury is exactly what boxing needs at the moment.