Tyson Fury is proof that patience is indeed a virtue, now fans should show him some

As Tyson Fury sat at the main table for the post-Dusseldorf press conference on Saturday night, flanked by the surreal visual of world heavyweight titles that are more commonly associated with the man sat a few feet to his right, he confirmed that the biggest night of his career was in fact, perhaps, the biggest weekend of his career.
Just 24 hours prior to him shocking the world by dethroning dominant titlist Wladimir Klitschko, Fury was informed by his wife, Paris, that she was expecting their third child.
While the combination of those two events does indeed make for a remarkable 48 hours for the Morecambe-based behemoth, it was an additional detail Tyson mentioned whilst confirming the news to the attending media which really brought his accomplishment into perspective.
“We had some fantastic news already this weekend,” explained Fury, “because we have been trying for a kid for about two years or something and we finally found out that she is five weeks pregnant yesterday.”
A breakthrough coming after two years of trying pretty much sums up his journey to the pinnacle of his weight class, too.
It was just over two years ago that Fury’s fight against British rival David Haye – a bout many considered to be the 6’9” heavyweight’s first real challenge of world championship calibre, was postponed because of a large cut Haye rather haphazardly sustained in training a week before the fight’s scheduled date.
Since then, Fury saw Haye cancel the re-arranged fight in early 2014 due to what was supposed to be a career-ending shoulder injury (Haye returns in January). His attempt to fight Dereck Chisora was postponed once, before eventually taking place last November and ending in a decisive win for Fury. Even the Klitschko title shot was put back a month, because of a leg injury to Wlad.
In the middle of all this, Fury lost his uncle Hughie to an unfortunate blood clot, had the cars near his home targeted by arsonists and, by his own admission, came perilously close to letting all of his bad fortune drag him down as he used alcohol and partying as a crutch.
When he fought Christian Hammer earlier this year, his final bout before the challenge of Klitschko, he tipped the scales at a massive 260lbs. Though the fight seemed set to finally be the one which led to a mandatory world title challenge, many questioned if Fury would show up in any sort of state – physically or mentally – to offer any sort of threat to the dominant holder of four world titles who hadn’t tasted defeat in 11 years.
The fight itself wasn’t great to watch, but Fury doing what no other heavyweight had come close to doing in a decade by rendering Klitschko’s famed defensive style totally ineffective is a testament to his uncle and trainer Peter Fury, to the entire Fury team, and whether you like him or not, the champ himself. Especially when you consider everything he fought back from.
Fury said at the presser that he has packed in the drinking, the partying and that these days he doesn’t even miss it. If he ever has second thoughts, I’m sure a quick glance back over at those titles will reinforce his current stance.
And while the fight admittedly made the disappointment that is Manny Pacquiao v Floyd Mayweather look like the most exciting scrap in boxing history, it is harsh to criticise Fury for this.
After all, Tyson has gone out of his way to entertain boxing fans whenever he is in the public eye. Whether he is launching another outrageous verbal tirade upon his next opponent (or even someone he isn’t fighting – or even a non-boxer entirely), whether he is smashing a watermelon over his head, whether he’s cosplaying as Batman at media events or whether he’s bursting into song (badly), he looks to stimulate the audience and make them want to watch more.
Of course, most of his antics are met with negativity from boxing fans. The same boxing fans who then complain that, for 45 minutes, Fury wasn’t entertaining enough.
Tyson promised to rid the championship scene of a ‘boxing’ kingpin like Klitschko, but the fact is that he would likely have been knocked out if he went toe-to-toe in a scrap with the master tactician from Ukraine. Just ask Kubrat Pulev, who gave Wlad his most exciting fight in years live on Eurosport in 2014, only to be knocked out and rendered another footnote in the Klitsckho dynasty.
As trainer Peter explained at the ESPRIT Arena after the fight, boxing is an art form, and winning remains the priority. To end the monotony of Klitschko’s reign, Fury had to turn the tables on him. It wasn’t pretty, but by exploiting his superior legwork and range he left the ex-champ in a scenario he had never before experienced – and he made the often-impenetrable Wladimir look very lost and very old.
Tyson Fury in action against Wladimir Klitschko during the fight – Reuters
As far as entertainment is concerned, the onus is on Fury to deliver the goods from here on out. Mission accomplished, lifelong championship dream attained, two years of misery well and truly put behind him. Now, not then, is when he should be expected to deliver the goods and give the fans the value for money he claims to be able to provide.
And anyone who doubts he can pull this off should remember: you probably also doubted he could conquer Klitschko and sit atop the world as the heavyweight champion, too.

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