Welcome to Era of Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk, – Inspiring Heavyweight Champions
Editorial By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Inspiring World Boxing Council World Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and World Boxing Association, World Boxing Organisation, International Boxing Federation and International Boxing Organization World Heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk have taken the year 2021 back to 1961, when New York Yankees Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris were actively involved in the home run derby quest to pass Babe Ruth’s legendary record of 60 home runs in a season, a hopeful healthy competition the public adored.
The world heavyweight champion has suddenly become an inspiring unification affair by coincidence. It has been a while since Wladimir Klitschko, Vitali Klitschko, Gerrie Coetzee, Tommy Morrison, Jack Dempsey, Rocky Marciano, Gene Tunney, Max Baer, James Braddock, James Jeffries, Bob Fitzsimmons, Oleg Maskaev, Corrie Sanders, Gentleman Jim Corbett and Alexander Povetkin have all held or held a share of the world heavyweight title on one side of the coin.
Joe Joyce, Tony Yoka, Otto Wallin, Felip Hrgovic and ex-champ Andy Ruiz Jr. are all bidding for a shot at or for a share of the world heavyweight title, with Robert Helenius also knocking at the door after defeating top-ranked Adam Kownacki twice. These contenders are one cut above the late Olympic gold medalist Pete Rademacher, who knocked down and tried to defeat Floyd Patterson in only his first professional bout. The world heavyweight title, after Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, Jersey Joe Walcott, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Evander Holyfield, Riddick Bowe, Lennox Lewis, Deontay Wilder, and Mike Tyson, has been particularly dominated by talented black fighters on the other side of the coin. Michael Dokes, Mike Weaver, Frank Bruno, Luis Ortiz, Daniel Dubois, Sonny Liston, Ernie Terrell, Jimmy Ellis, Samuel Peter, Michael Spinks, Michael Bennett, Ken Norton, and Larry Holmes are among names past and present who made their mark on the heavyweight division, to different periods of brilliance.
Andy Ruiz Jr., a Mexican, came in and overturned the apple cart by stopping Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Garden. The Klitschko brothers dominated. Now Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk seemed destined for a unification bout, if Usyk wins the rematch with Joshua in 2022, and Fury gets by the winner of Dillian Whyte versus Otto Wallin coming up. The nonsense term “Great Hope” was promoted by Gerry Cooney and James Jeffries’ handlers into world heavyweight title opportunities strictly for money. Heavyweight title bouts are simply great entertainment. Hope means unification, nothing more. As to Fury versus Usyk, Fury is the Tyson who put boxing back on the map during the pandemic.