Despite being one of the worst fights I've ever seen this weekend's heavyweight title fight between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko sparked a huge positive for the sport of boxing. Wladimir Klitschko's ten year championship run came to an end Saturday night as the undefeated Tyson Fury defeated Klitschko by unanimous decision. The heavyweight division has been one run by Klitschko since 2005 and while dominance is usually something that sells, Klitschko's boring style and way of winning fight after fight was less than intriguing to the fans. Add on a bland personality, the heavyweight division was at a standstill.
Now enter Tyson Fury. 25-0 with 18 of those victories coming by knockout. He's listed at 6'9, 250 plus pounds. He dresses up as Batman, sings, dances, and has a mouth that doesn't shut. He's everything that a dull heavyweight division needs. Are Fury's skills that of a prime Mike Tyson? Absolutley not. But that is the intriguing part. Guys like Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua, Alexander Povetkin, and Bryant Jennings could all beat him. With Klitschko defeated people will not be sitting back saying this is just another boring fight that Klitschko will win. Fury brings pre-fight excitement, and other than Saturday night, he's usually fun to watch in the ring. He brings personality to a division that was just about lacking everything.
Say what you want about boxing, the heavyweight division is still the big seller. Fury's victory was on the homepage of every major news outlet across the world. For a fight that was one of the worst one could ever see that's pretty impressive. However, this wasn't about the fight. This was about much more than that. It was about a change, a spark, in the heavyweight division. It's what the division needed. It's what boxing need. For as long as Fury lasts I can tell you that he will entertain the public in every way, shape, and form as the heavyweight champion. He will be in fights that many people will think he will lose. It sparks interest and interest is what the heavyweight division has needed for the past 10 years.