Yeah I think dirrell threw the fight away against Bika, he was probably aware of his reputation, and he spent too much time outside. Both dirrell's seem to have problems in regards to putting actual work in during the fight
Been 'round - been working a lot lately though. I've watched all the major fights including Dirrell-Bika. I don't know what to make of Anthony Dirrell. He's a good counter puncher and he seems to have a good amount of boxing acumen but he stands too flat footed and doesn't engage enough for my liking (at least that's what I saw during the Bika fight)
That's a good analysis, Earl. I think Fury does have a lot talent and depth to his game and if he is disciplined, trains his arse off and goes into this fight with solid gameplan - a win over Pulev would not entirely surprise me.
In any event, this is one of more interesting matchups in the hw division right now.
Pre Cunningham I thought it was a 50/50 fight, but after seeing that i'd lean towards Kubrat.
Fury imo does have talent, unlike the big guys Kubrat beat (dimitrenko, helenius) Fury has the ability to fight on the inside, he also is quicker on his feet.
Discipline is SERIOUSLY lacking though and it's a major, major problem both in terms of still not putting in enough effort in the gym and just abandoning any sort of form inside the ring and slugging away like he's brawling outside a pub.
I think if he turns up in the right mindset, having put in the right effort in the gym, he's a chance against almost anyone, but like I say everything about that fight with cunningham was shambolic, he can't beat Kubrat if he does that again.