Frank Warren: Fury Now in Driver's Seat, He's No. 1 Heavyweight

By Frank Warren, courtesy of The Daily Star

TYSON FURY woke up the heavyweight division last weekend - he should have woken up on Sunday as the WBC World Heavyweight Champion too.

The whole country was going crazy over the draw with Deontay Wilder - which was the wrong decision – and the rematch will be even bigger.

There were nearly 18,000 supporters in LA’s Staples Center and more than half of them were cheering on the Brit.


The Manchester fighter hit rock bottom in life 18 months ago.

And as he lay flat on his back in the 12th round of a thrilling clash with Wilder last weekend, he was rock bottom in the ring.

But just like he did in life, Fury rose up when it looked like he was finished.

He was the only man in that arena who didn’t think it was all over – it was truly inspirational.

The judges’ decision to call it a draw was so cruel but we all know who the real champion is.

What Fury displayed inside the ring was what we all thought he would do, but you just couldn’t be sure in the later rounds because of his time out of the ring.

He was simply magnificent and he won the fight. I watched it back again on Monday and thought he won it by at least four rounds.

From his body language at the final bell, you could tell that Wilder didn’t think he was going to get the decision.

Fury is now in the driving seat. He is the No.1 heavyweight in the world.

Of course he would like to have had the belt because they are the trophies of the sport, but he has got something none of the others have got.

He is the lineal champion and he reaffirmed his position as the top man of the division.

I said whoever won the fight would be the No.1 and in my eyes and that of numerous astute judges, Fury did win.

The worrying thing for the heavyweight division is that was a Fury who had just two warm-up fights in three years since beating Wladimir Klitschko.

Now he has those rounds in the bank he will be even better.

Fury wants the rematch with Wilder first but then he will be coming for Anthony Joshua – and they better not hide.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by johnbook on 12-09-2018

[QUOTE=davefromvancouv;19341711]Uh no. A concussion is a temporary loss of consciousness caused by a blow to the head. So for you to argue that that DIDN'T happen means you either didn't see the fight, you believe what Hearn said about the…

Comment by davefromvancouv on 12-09-2018

[QUOTE=johnbook;19341586]You sure don't know much about anything. The proof that he wasn't concussed is 1. what he did immediately afterward--great-- and 2. They apparently did not take him to hospital which is standard if concussion is a possibility. And to…

Comment by LoadedWraps on 12-09-2018

[QUOTE=Robbie Barrett;19336587]Not even close. Joshua is clearly still #1. Beating Wilder doesn't put you ahead of Joshua, you're going to have to beat Joshua to do that.[/QUOTE] [FONT="Verdana"][COLOR="Navy"] AJ was never, ever above Fury and never will be, tick turd.…

Comment by johnbook on 12-09-2018

[QUOTE=davefromvancouv;19341538]So for those first 5 seconds as he lay motionless, he was just patiently waiting for the count or was that a sign that maybe he was in la-la land? What about when he says he has no idea how…

Comment by davefromvancouv on 12-09-2018

[QUOTE=johnbook;19338096]True. He did not have a concussion and those blows were not all that hard also as Fury was moving away. See Frazier's thunderous leaping left hook vs Ali in 15th rd. KDed him apparently w.o. loss of consciousness or…

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