Tyson Fury may think the Klitschko brothers are bad for boxing - but I reckon he is.
I don't really know him and people I know that do say he is actually a very nice guy, but he seems to have this idea in his head that he needs to be controversial.
David Haye was similar in the build-up to his fight with Wladimir, but at that point he was a current world heavyweight champion and a former cruiserweight titlist; his words, however crude and unwise, had come off the back of tangible success.
Fury, though, is still making his way and his rant on Ringside's Toe 2 Toe podcast about the Klitschkos - which you can listen to here and read here - has seen him come off as crass, as have some nasty comments he has made in the past on Twitter, including one questioning David Price's sexuality.
Fury does not need to slag people off to go far; he has a great physique, solid basic skills and plenty of years ahead of him.
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No-one can say our sport is all sweetness and light as the fact of the matter is you are punching people in the face and there needs to be a little bit of needle to get the juices flowing.
But boxing is a noble art and you have to pay your opponents or potential opponents respect - and Fury is not doing that. He has crossed the line on multiple occasions and is in danger of becoming a laughing stock.
It's a massive shame for two reasons.
Firstly, because boxers are role models; in the main, we are uneducated and come from under-privileged backgrounds, so kids experiencing the same problems look up to us for inspiration and as proof that you can make something of your life, and they shouldn't be seeing these kinds of outbursts.
And secondly, because Fury does not need to slag people off to go far; his in-ring career is progressing nicely, he has a great physique for a heavyweight, very solid basic skills, and, at 24, still has plenty of years ahead of him.
I think the Klitschkos would need to drop down a rung or two before Fury would have a chance to beat them, but once they are out of the way, there are very few reasons why the Brit could not capture a world title.
But his temperament is one of them.
It could be quite some time before we have a British heavyweight as talented as Lennox Lewis, who ruled the division for a generation due to his excellent mix of size, athleticism, and smartness.
And even though Lennox - who spoke about his glittering career on the latest episode of Sporting Heroes, which you can sign in here to watch - is one of the most laid-back men you could ever wish to meet, he could get nasty, too; if you stoked him the wrong way his spiteful side would come out.
I know that all too well as I had to wind him up to get my shot at the British heavyweight title in 1991 as I wasn't in a place to earn it by right, but he just watched on and smiled as I went for him verbally - and then kicked my butt!
Had I fought Lennox - definitely the most fearsome man I set foot in the ring with - a couple of years earlier when I was a hungry cruiserweight it may have been different, as I had been handling Mike Tyson in sparring pretty well, but our bout was a step too far for me; his mind was in gear and he was very, very good.
He also had a fantastic temperament - one that Fury would do well to match - as he worked incredibly hard and always responded to setbacks, most notably when he demolished Hasim Rahman in four rounds, seven months after the American had flattened him in five.
Lennox's only fault was that, occasionally, he got overconfident and carried away with how good he was. If he had always had his foot to the pedal he would not have lost to Rahman and Oliver McCall and would have ended with an unblemished record.
Had that happened we would be talking about one of the top two or three heavyweights in history, as it is he will have to be content with a place in the top 10 - which is not too bad.
I think Lennox's greatest performance - other than beating me! - was his draw with Evander Holyfield in Madison Square Garden, a fight he really should have won.
But what sticks in my mind most about his career was when he flattened Mike Tyson in 2002 in Memphis; at a time when Mike was at his worst, it proved that nice guys do win.
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Matthew Richardson says...
Great editorial on Fury, I'm a boxing fan and haven't really followed Fury's car-rear that much. I watched his last fight. The american guy, his name:- Kevin Johnson I think? I thought he displayed good boxing ability. He does posses power and with a bit of fine tuning, will win a version of the heavyweight championship. I don't think he will hold on to it though. Some great domestic rivalries, David Price WOW I do rate him, I think there will be a fight and half there, but I do feel price will make short work of Fury. I am a keen follower of Chris Eubank Jr at the moment, he could go all the way to being a star; great athleticism. He needs to develop more power though. I have great respect for any boxer who steps into the squared circle, they have courage bravery and are willing to sacrifice everything to entertain us,
Posted 00:06 4th February 2013
Matthew Richardson says...
Great editorial on Fury, I'm a boxing fan and haven't really followed Fury's career that much. I watched his last fight against Kevin Johnson and thought he displayed good boxing ability. He does possess power and with a bit of fine tuning, will win a version of the heavyweight championship. I don't think he will hold on to it though. Some great domestic rivalries, David Price WOW I do rate him, I think there will be a fight and half there, but I do feel Price will make short work of Fury. I am a keen follower of Chris Eubank Jr at the moment, he could go all the way to being a star; great athleticism. He needs to develop more power, though. I have great respect for any boxer who steps into the squared circle, they have courage bravery and are willing to sacrifice everything to entertain us,
Posted 00:04 4th February 2013
Danny Davis says...
Good read as usual Glenn. However, I think Lewis was fortunate that he met the Mike Tyson that he did - a washed up shadow of the force that he once was. I think that had he fought Tyson when he was in his prime, he would have got a good hiding! As far as Fury goes, I think you gave his boxing ability more credibility than he deserves. Yes he is a big guy, but from what I have seen of him, he is not a natural talent and I don't rate his skills. He ducked Price, and is now trying to bad mouth his way into a shot at the title via one of the Klitchkos, but they have no reason to fight him. He obviously saw that it worked for Haye, but as you have said, Haye already had a title and some bargaining power, Fury just has a big mouth, and to be honest, I can't wait for Price to shut him up!!
Posted 10:26 31st January 2013
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