Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Tyson Fury Rocked, Comes Back To Stop Firtha in Five

By Alexey Sukachev

Kings Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland - British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (16-0, 11 KOs) stopped late replacement Nicolai “Stone Man” Firtha (20-9-1, 8 KOs) in five rounds. Time was 2:19 of the fifth stanza, when the fight was stopped by referee John Keane, although Firtha was still up on his legs. A year ago reigning WBA champion and then-injured Alexander Povetkin needed all ten scheduled rounds to defeat Firtha on points.

WBC #13 and WBA #15 Fury was in command of the action from the beginning. He applied a horrificly strong and potent jab to keep the American at bay, while landing some haymakers and easily moving out of the fire range after his powerful attacks. In the midst of the opening stanza, Fury landed a huge left uppercut but Firtha was able to maintain his upright position. His nose was severely bleeding after the shot. In the second, Fury didn't allow Firtha to land any punches, who was doing his best just to hear the next bell. He was successful indeed, which prompted him into a life-and-death third round.

In the third round, Fury, 23, started connecting with the jab to Firtha's bloody face. However, in the midst of the round the American caught Fury with a crushing overhand right which had the Brit badly staggered and almost out of his feet. Firtha, 32, sensing the smell of blood, leashed in - but Fury applied a big assortment of various dirty tactics and survived the onslaught despite being virtually punished around the ring.

Tyson came back in command mode in the fourth, and the fight was all his from that point on. He landed a couple of bombs to make Firtha's legs shaky once again and continued to pound his opponent until several seconds before the end of the round, when Firtha went down. The bell coincided with the end of the count, saving the American but not for much longer.

In the fifth, Fury got gradually more aggressive and pounded Firtha (his right hook doing much of the damage) until John Keane has wisely stopped the beating. Fury won for the third time this year in a stay-busy fight but there are still some questions, both regarding his chin and his defense.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by the niggest on 09-19-2011

british boxing is fast becoming a joke with their early stoppages

Comment by SLASHEh on 09-19-2011

Fury is still a few years away from being able to compete at the top level of heavyweight boxing. Remember he is still young. If he gets the Klits soon, he will get stopped no doubt about it. I think…

Comment by Clegg on 09-19-2011

Just watched it for the fight time. Entertaining scrap, but as others have said the stoppage was very poor. Fury was controlling the fight at that moment but him being wobbled a few rounds before suggests that things easily could've…

Comment by davros2010 on 09-18-2011

Fury looked good at times but his defence is bad he really needs to work on it if he is to win a title, and he was seriously hurt but he is young he should stay away from the top…

Comment by larry x.. on 09-17-2011

guess he'll get a title shot soon

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (13)
Top Headlines Saunders: I Called Out GGG, Now I'm Embarrassed By Performance Michael Conlan: McGregor Will Carry Irish Flag at My Pro Debut Photos: Andy Ruiz Hits New Zealand For Joseph Parker Showdown Billy Joe Saunders vs. Artur Akavov - CompuBox Punch Stats Freddie Roach Impressed: Murat Gassiev Was a Beast in There Murat Gassiev vs. Denis Lebedev - CompuBox Punch Stats Billy Joe Saunders Struggles in Decision Win Over Artur Akavov Lolenga Mock, Sherman Williams Win in Aarhus, Denmark Jack Catterall Outpoints Diego Luque, Retains Fringe WBO Regional Lebedev Wants a Rematch: I Thought I Won or it Was a Draw Paul Butler Beats Alexander Cazares, Targets Jamie McDonnell Kubrat Pulev Batters, Stops Samuel Peter in Four Rounds Murat Gassiev Drops, Decisions Lebedev With Split Nod For IBF Belt Denis Lebedev vs. Murat Gassiev - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Julius Indongo Destroys Eduard Troyanovsky in One - HUGE Upset Denis Shafikov vs. Richard Commey - CompuBox Punch Stats Maxim Vlasov Blasts Rakhim Chakhkiev in Wild Shootout Marcos Villasana Jr. Looks To Continue His Run in Acapulco Frank Warren: Eubank Jr is All Talk, Won't Sign To Face Saunders Denis Lebedev vs. Murat Gassiev - LIVE Results From Moscow Jessie Magdaleno: Manny Robles Should Be Trainer of The Year Jose Ramirez Ready To Travel, Challenge Ricky Burns in Scotland Juan Manuel Marquez Will Enter Camp in January, No Retirement Abel Sanchez To Saunders: Stop Talking, Call To Fight Golovkin Pazienza Understands Blackwell's Desire To Put Himself at Risk Frank Warren on Flanagan's Options, Saunders' Return, More Cecilia Braekhus vs. Klara Svensson Looms For January 28 Bellew: McGegor Just Wants UFC Shares, Mayweather Drills Him Video: Thomas Dulorme on Sparring Mayweather, Joining TMT McGregor: If Mayweather Runs, I Have Other Boxing Targets! Denis Lebedev-Murat Gassiev: Pre-Fight Report Card Video: Ellerbe Talks McGregor, Mayweather, Pedraza-Davis, More Abraham Lopez Decisions Sergio Lopez at LA Fight Club Jose Ramirez Stops Issouf Kinda in Six Rounds Dana White Baffled By McGregor's Move: He's Under Contract To Me Ashley Theophane Bounces Back, Decisions Yakubu Amidu Lebedev's Manager Explains Why NO WBA Title Shot For Gassiev Tevin Farmer Dominates Dardan Zenunaj in Showcase Conor McGregor on Malignaggi: Who The F*** is That Guy? Wilder Cleared To Train; Says He'll Fight "In February Or March"
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement