Many fight fans were disappointed by the lack of action in Saturday night’s world heavyweight title bout, which pitted Wladimir Klitschko against Tyson Fury, and MMA coach John Kavanagh was among them.
Wladimir Klitschko’s decade long unbeaten streak hasn’t featured too many memorable contests. His cautious, risk-averse boxing style just doesn’t allow for much sustained action or drama. However, many people felt that the unpredictability of Tyson Fury might inject some entertainment into their bout.
Alas, it was not to be.
Fury chose to play a very defensive game, moving and feinting in such a way as to shut down the offence of Klitschko, rather than utilizing his own attacking weapons. It was an intelligent and effective game plan, but it didn’t make for much of a spectacle.
One could analyze May’s super-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao using very similar terminology. Though that bout featured a virtuoso boxing display from the defensive genius that is Mayweather, his ability to negate everything in Pacquiao’s arsenal led to “The Fight of the Century” failing to live up to it’s mighty label.
In the aftermath of Klitschko vs Fury, the aforementioned John Kavanagh, who has often expressed his passion for the sweet science, took to Twitter to lament the fact that two of the biggest fights of 2015 have fallen so far short of the massive hype they generated.
The Straight Blast Gym Ireland head coach also assured fans that the most significant and anticipated MMA bout of the year, the UFC 194 main event featuring his charge, Conor McGregor, taking on Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight championship, will not follow that trend.
Sadly it seems 2 of the most highly anticipated fights in long time have been duds. I guarantee that won't be the case in 2 weeks #UFC194
— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) November 28, 2015
Lets hope he’s right.