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Wladimir Klitschko v Tyson Fury and the joy of postponed heavyweight title fights
By SP_COP on September 29, 2015 | From www.theguardian.com
Wladimir Klitschko v Tyson Fury and the joy of postponed heavyweight title fights Another year, another Tyson Fury opponent rendered unfit for purpose before the big man has had a chance to lay a glove on him. Given the limits fighters push themselves to and beyond in training, injuries and postponements have long been accepted as part and parcel of the game. Fate, or its more upbeat brother, destiny, are usually held responsible and the two pugilists take the news on their respective chins and are content to bide their time.

That being said, having seen David Haye’s eye and shoulder, Dereck Chisora’s hand, and now Wladimir Klitschko’s calf all destroy or delay the biggest fights of his career, Fury must be feeling he is suffering more than most from the cruel whimsy of the boxing gods. Fate and destiny are all well and good, but it is beginning to look like a curse trumps both of them. Through no fault of his own, Fury’s initial swift march towards the heavyweight championship has been slowed to an uncertain, miry trudge.

This latest setback is probably the most sickening blow Fury has received and he is likely to be at a very low ebb right now. His family and team will be rallying around, attempting to keep his spirits high and his focus on the task that is still very much in hand. In doing so, perhaps they will recall that some of the most famous, or infamous, heavyweight title fights in history were preceded by untimely deferrals.

By late 1964, Sonny Liston had whipped his fearsome self into the best shape of his life as he sought to win back from Muhammad Ali the heavyweight crown he had lost to Cassius Clay nine months before. But on the evening of Friday 13 November, just three days before the scheduled rematch in Massachusetts, a nauseous Ali stumbled towards his hotel en suite and began regurgitating the contents of his stomach.

Following emergency surgery on the incarcerated inguinal hernia, the attending physician at Boston City Hospital explained that a congenital weakness of the stomach lining was to blame. Doctor Liston did not concur, however, and proffered that: “If he’d stop all that hollering, he wouldn’t have a hernia.” Either way, there would be no fight between the two men for at least six months.

The youthful Ali blossomed in the interim while Liston, rumoured to be much older than his documented age of 34, appeared to diminish both physically and mentally. When they finally met, Ali was standing over his prostrate foe yelling, “Get up and fight, sucker!” barely two minutes in. Liston did neither and the legend of Ali’s anchor punch, or the mob’s phantom punch, was born amid disgusted chants of “Fake, fake, fake!” careering around St Dominic’s Hall in Lewiston, Maine....
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NAMES: Tyson Fury, Wladimir Klitschko
TAGS: fighting, heavyweight, match, postpone, the reigning world heavyweight champion, title fight, Ukrainian professional boxer
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