Top 10 opponents Tyson Fury can face
If Tyson Fury becomes so frustrated with David Haye’s injured face that he fancies taking on another heavyweight contender there are plenty to choose from. Here are 10 that could well fancy a chance at the Manc giant in the coming weeks and months.
1. Dereck Chisora
Fury handed Del Boy his first loss back in 2011 when he dominated his compatriot to earn a unanimous decision victory and both the British and Commonwealth Heavyweight titles. Chisora’s career is back on track though with impressive recent knockout wins over Malik Scott and Edmund Gerber for the European title. A rematch between the two would be something Fury will know he doesn’t need to do but could prove a popular call amongst fans.
2. David Price
Not too long ago this was being touted as the next big British showdown in the heavyweight division and Price was expected to wipe the floor with Fury until the Scouser suffered consecutive losses to Tony Thompson. Again there is no pressure on Fury to take this fight but as a replacement all-British bout it would stir up the interest of the public.
3. Deontay Wilder
If Fury fancies a challenge and wants to prove David Haye wrong without having to fight him then he could take on Haye’s sparring partner Wilder. The American has fought 29 times, winning them all and knocking out every single vanquished foe. Haye said that any of his sparring partners would make Fury look silly and there are plenty who think Wilder would do just that.
4. Alexander Dimitrenko
Another of Haye’s sparring partners but potentially an easier night for Fury if he wanted to prove a point as the 31-year-old is not quite the dangerman that Wilder is. He has two losses to his name against Eddie Chambers and Kubrat Pulev and has been floored in his last two fights although he came back to win them both.
5. Kubrat Pulev
Talking of Pulev he is the man that Fury had the opportunity to face but turned down in order to fight Haye. The Bulgarian knocked out Dimitrenko last year and beat Tony Thompson in August and takes his record to 18 wins from 18 bouts. That win over Thompson has earned him a shot at Wladimir Klitschko so Fury’s boat may well have sailed unless he employs some impressive powers of persuasion.
6. Manuel Charr
Charr has just one loss to his name, that being to a Klitschko as he lost to Vitali in 2012 and was scheduled to take on Haye earlier this year till the Englishman pulled out with injury. A running theme? The 28-year-old would be a proper test for Fury is he wanted to take him on although Charr has not had to fight on British soil before.