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Fury couldn’t handle the risk of being champion

Tyson Fury put so much into becoming champions that the risk of losing the titles became too much for him to handle.

Tyson Fury put so much into becoming champions that the risk of losing the titles became too much for him to handle.

Tyson Fury was the baddest man on the planet. That’s the distinction you get when you’re the heavyweight champion of the world and on November 28, 2015, he earned that claim when he ended the incredibly long reign of the seemingly unbeatable Wladimir Klitschko; also ending the Ukrainian’s 12-year undefeated streak.

Nobody would call that fight between the two giant Europeans a classic. It was pretty bad, very slow paced, sloppy and boring. But Fury out-worked Klitschko. He wanted to be the champion more. He’s always wanted to be champion. When his father named him Tyson after the former baddest’ man on the planet he said his son would one day be the heavyweight champion of the world.

But once he achieved his life-long dream, he spiraled spiraled down.

A rematch between Fury and Klitschko was canceled twice. The first time, Fury sprained his ankle in training. The second time, he pulled out after being declared “medically unfit”. At the time, it seemed like the man who regularly laughed at Klitschko for “losing to a fat man” wasn’t taking his training seriously and was just way too out of shape to fight in a world heavyweight title fight. It turned out that Fury actually failed a drug test a day before he pulled out of the fight and it was said that he tested positive for cocaine.

Drug use is not an acceptable act, but it wasn’t necessarily something unseen before. UFC fighter Jon Jones was recently suspended for cocaine use. That was one of several offenses that led to the UFC stripping him of his title and putting a year long suspension on him.

On October 12, Fury took it upon himself to vacate his WBA, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles, declaring he would be seeking treatment for depression that has led to multiple use of cocaine.. The next day he was issued a one year suspension of his boxing license.

Fury’s claims of depression and suicidal thoughts should be taken very seriously and getting help should be his top priority, but it also seems that Fury simply could not handle the pressure of being champion and never seemed overly willing to fight Klitschko for a second time.

While maybe Fury looks like a grizzled veteran who has been a professional fighter chasing a title for decades, he’s actually only 28 years old. He is actually ahead of where most boxers are. In this current era, most boxers are hitting their peak and earning title fights when they are 30 to 32 years old. But fury used his massive size, his clubbing paws and his unmatched attitude and desire to become the champion as great fuel to a 25-0 record as champion after beating Klitschko.

Now what?

Fury put everything he had into becoming champion. Now that he has achieved that dream, where does he go from there? Famed boxing commentator Max Kellerman compared Fury to chess prodigy Bobby Fischer, who was loud about how great he was before becoming the world chess champion in 1972, only to never play chess competitively again because he couldn’t handle the risk of possibly losing.

If Fury would lose to Klitschko, everything he worked for would be finished. He won the title, but now he’s been beaten and he’s no longer the greatest in the world.

Hopefully Fury gets the help he needs because if he doesn’t fix the fragile ego, he might relish trying to get back to the top to become champion again should he never step foot back in the boxing ring, but if he does win the title for a second time, could he actually ever defend it, or would we be back where we are now with him relinquishing his titles for not fighting?

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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