Heavyweight great Evander Holyfield had praise for Tyson Fury recently.
There is a growing sense in boxing at the moment that the sport’s traditional glamour division is beginning to emerge from the doldrums.
The heavyweight scene had been much maligned for years due to it’s stale nature, it’s lack of excitement or quality and the fact that the man who had long sat atop the weight-class seemed leagues ahead of every available challenger while frequently entering uninspiring performances.
Wladimir Klitschko’s defeat at the hands of England’s Tyson Fury seems to have acted as a catalyst for an intriguing period of change, however.
Suddenly, the division has a young, interesting and controversial champion, one for whom there are a whole host of fresh match-ups.
Perhaps it is not always for the right reasons, but at least people are once again paying attention to the heavyweight champion of the world.
Among those who are subscribing to the idea that Fury can benefit boxing is a former holder of what at one time was known as the most prestigious prize in all of sport. Evander Holyfield recently spoke to The Sun about the Englishman and his often unusual persona, antics and style.
“I think Fury has helped the game of boxing because he’s different,” said Holyfield. “He looks like a basketball player, he doesn’t look co-ordinated, but he actually does what he says he’s going to do”.
“You can’t shut him up but what he says makes sense. He’s good for the game”.
“He talks about how competitive he is. He lets you know what he’s going to do and how he’s going to do it”.
“He’ll tell you how he feels about somebody. If he thinks you’re a bum, he’s going to call you a bum. He’s just telling you his opinion”.
“When people do brag a lot, they have to back it up. If they don’t back it up, they’re going to embarrass themselves”.
“So with Fury, at least you know you’ve got something to look forward to”.