Vinny Maddalone read the script and played the role perfectly Tyson Fury on Saturday night; the journeyman turned up, got hit a great deal and was stopped by the referee in five.
Tough and compact slugger Maddalone didn’t really throw anything Fury’s way that troubled the bigger man. Fury had a reach advantage and was seven inches taller than Maddalone; he was faster, had better footwork and was the boss for as long as it lasted.
And quite right too.
Fury should be beating these types of opponents, really, he should be looking to fight David Price, that’s the fight that the public want to see.
This fight didn’t show anything we haven’t already come to expect from Fury, at least in his last outing against Martin Rogan he fought as a southpaw the five rounds it lasted.
Rogan and Maddalone are very similar fighters, as are the rest of the boxers on Fury's resume. The one outing against Dereck Chisora was good to see. He was in against someone who offered some opposition and as hard as Fury punches, he never troubled Chisora and it looked like he had to work a bit harder than usual to get the decision win.
Maddalone did most of his defensive work with his face, as he plodded forward into stiff jabs and long right hands. Fury moved well, and held when he needed to but by the same token, Maddalone didn’t throw much to move out of the way of and looked happy for the respite that came from the holding.
Fury looked incredibly happy with his performance and post-fight, mentioned Tomasz Adamek , who is looking to fight James Toney in September, and the Klitschkos for potential future opponents. Adamek is a blown up Cruiser and although he is a better fighter than all of Fury’s past opponents, he would still be dwarfed by Fury in reach and height.
David Price would be a better fight domestically, and if Fury is as good as he says he is then having another big man to go against would be excellent practice for when he does fight the Klitschkos, but I doubt Tyson will take this path, he has had the opportunity before and instead vacated his British title.
It looks like Fury wants no part of Price, the experienced amateur and Olympian who stands at 6’8 to Fury’s 6’9, who shares the common opponent John McDermott with Fury, only Fury went the distance with McDermott the first time and managed to stop him in the ninth the second time, whereas Price dropped McDermott three times and stopped him in the first.
Can’t think why Fury doesn’t want to fight Price then?