Johnathan Banks, the trainer for IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) is saying that the World Boxing Council won’t stand in the way of Klitschko taking on WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (34-0, 33 KOs) in a unification match if Klitschko can get past unbeaten Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) on October 24th at the ESPRIT Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Wilder, 29, will need to win his next fight against #12 WBC Johann Duhaupas (32-2, 20 KOs) in their fight on September 26th on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC from the Legacy Arena, in Birmingham, Alabama. The good news is that Wilder now will only need to defeat the 32-year-old Duhaupas in order to get the unification fight against Klitschko.
“Tyson Fury is another ticket to gaining all the titles. You see that the WBC wrote a report saying they won’t stand in his way to fight for the WBC championship if he gets past Fury, but we’re not looking past Fury at the moment,” Banks said to skysports.com.
This is great for Wilder, because with old champion the 39-year-old Wladimir, you never know when someone will come along and beat him first before Wilder can even get to him. Wladimir is at the age where he can go anytime. He’s like a car with 300,000 miles on the engine. That engine can conk out at a moment’s notice no matter how easily drive it.
Now all Wladimir needs to do is whip Fury and send him back home to the UK in defeat. That shouldn’t be too much of a problem because Fury can’t punch and he’s got a fragile chin, as we’ve seen many times. All Wladimir needs to do is land a big right to his big gob, and he’ll make it an easy night’s work.
Fury has been flapping his gums a lot lately in bragging about how he’s going to beat Klitschko by a knockout. Banks doesn’t think Fury has near enough experience to do the job. He think he’s faced the wrong guys, which is probably true. Instead of fighting big heavyweights in the 6’5” and 6’6” range, Fury has beaten the likes of the 6’2” Christian Hammer, 6’2” and Dereck Chisora.
“I don’t think he’s been in with enough guys with the size, dominance and power of Klitschko to get past this guy,” Banks said. “You don’t win a world championship off one fight – you win it off the several fights leading up to that. Wladimir has faced guys like Fury before but Fury has never faced anyone like Wladimir.”
I totally agree with you, Mr. Banks. It’s so true about Fury never having faced anyone big like the 6’6” Klitschko. I just wonder why Fury hasn’t faced anyone Klitschko’s size. Did you ever think that maybe he didn’t fancy himself for the job? Fury likes fighting the smaller heavyweights, and he’ll tell you that himself. But he never talked about being interested in fighting guys with the size to look him in the eyes, and nail him with shots.
I smell fear from Fury. The sad thing is Fury’s going to get out there on October 24th and likely be totally out of his element in getting smacked around the ring by Wladimir. It’ll be too late for Fury to whine about needing more experience. He had his chance to get the experience before he took the Klitschko fight, and he blew it by taking on a bunch of short guys.