Fury urged to show ‘clin­i­cal’ best to send Wilder mes­sage

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Boxing - By Gareth A Davies BOX­ING COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Tyson Fury must dance to im­press and fin­ish em­phat­i­cally tonight against un­beaten Otto Wallin in his ex­tended State­side dress re­hearsal for the re­match early next year against World Box­ing Coun­cil cham­pion Deon­tay Wilder.

Fury must avert be­ing another of box­ing’s tales of the un­ex­pected at the T-mo­bile Arena in Las Ve­gas, in a con­test be­ing billed as a fight for the “Lineal Heavy­weight Cham­pi­onship”, which has an­gered Amer­i­can world-ti­tle hold­ers Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jnr, who holds the In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion, World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and World Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion belts.

Yet Ben Dav­i­son, the trainer who has been in­stru­men­tal in trans­form­ing Fury’s for­tunes in the ring in the past two years, told The Daily Tele­graph yes­ter­day that Fury was “wor­thy of be­ing en­ti­tled the lineal cham­pion” and that his 6ft 9in, 18st heavy­weight charge was un­der strict in­struc­tion to show “clin­i­cal box­ing, and lu­cid tech­nique to out­box and then break up” Wallin.

In other words, demon­strate the very best qual­i­ties the Lan­cas­trian has at his dis­posal, and send a mes­sage to Wilder ahead of their po­ten­tial meet­ing in six months.

Dav­i­son is adamant, more­over, that Fury mer­its the “lineal” tag. “The most le­git­i­mate man you could’ve beaten in any era to become the lineal heavy­weight cham­pion of the world was Wladimir Kl­itschko,” Dav­i­son said. “Wladimir was only short of the great Joe Louis in terms of the long­est-reign­ing heavy­weight ti­tle-holder and that is who Tyson beat in 2015, the most dom­i­nant heavy­weight of the mod­ern era.

“He then came back and within six months fought the No1 [Wilder] and 90 per cent of the box­ing world be­lieve he won. He is, un­til some­one beats him, the lineal heavy­weight cham­pion of the world.”

Wallin, 28, is ranked No4 by the WBA and No11 by the IBF. He will be a game op­po­nent, in­spired by his late father Carl, his trainer who died sud­denly from a heart at­tack four months ago.

Wallin re­fuses to see the enig­matic, elu­sive skills of Fury as get­ting in his way and, in­stead, has set­tled his mind on this as sim­ply “a fight, an op­por­tu­nity you can’t say no to”. “I wanted the fight,” he added. “I feel like I be­long at this level and I’m ready to prove it. The op­por­tu­nity is life-chang­ing.”

Wallin, a 6ft 6in south­paw, who lost twice to An­thony Joshua in the am­a­teur ranks, has an un­beaten 21-fight ca­reer that be­gan in 2013, with 13 knock­outs. He has plied his trade in the US for some time, and has sparred with some of the best in the world. Fury ought to be too savvy to be caught by the Swede, but this is heavy­weight box­ing and so much can go wrong with one pre­cise punch.

Dav­i­son ex­plained that his man needed “to be smart, cal­cu­lated. It is a big risk, but there is big re­ward”.

“He’s an awk­ward south­paw. Tall and he’ll take a bit of break­ing down, but I’m sure I can do it,” Fury told The Daily Tele­graph last night from his man­sion on the out­skirts of Las Ve­gas.

“You’ve got to take them all se­ri­ously, I never un­der­es­ti­mate any of them.”

That at­ti­tude should mean Fury re­tains his un­beaten record tonight, and claims a new army of afi­ciona­dos, not least from Mex­ico.

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