Thursday, November 26, 2015

Tyson Fury - Master Of The Art Of Bullying

Say what you will about Tyson Fury, that he's not the most talented heavyweight in history or that most expect Wladimir Klitshcko to make at least relatively easy work of him on Saturday, but you can't take away from the fact that the guy is a world class bully. Klitschko stated as much himself in a recent episode of the British Show "The Gloves Are Off" and he was dead on.

For during the program, which is set up much like HBO's Max Kellerman hosted "Face Off" here in the states, Fury used pure bullying tactics on Klitschko - and they seemed to work. That's right, the king of the heavyweight division appeared uncomfortable with the fact that Fury was able to needle him endlessly in unexpected spots - like the fact that aging athlete's skills decline (Klitschko is nearing forty) or the fact that Kltischko is basically a one-two puncher.

Anyone who has ever dealt with a bully knows what it's like - it's all about mind games. You know a bully is going to come at you - yet even when you prepare for it, the bully hits you in an unexpected weak area. It's flustering and intimidating and must particularly be so when the bully is nearly seven feet tall and making it seem like you don't know how to do your job. Yup, that's what Tyson acted like during "The Gloves Are Off" episode in question - a stern critic who wasn't at all impressed with the reigning heavyweight champion of the world.

Fury clearly knows how to scold as only a bully can. And Klitschko appears impacted by that fact. Fury also knows how to act insane in order to rattle people. Dressing like Batman at a public gathering one minute, then seriously critiquing a man's perceived flaws the next is confusing stuff. And that's how Fury likes it. He even boasted during the program of his unpredictability. Simply put, he's a bully and proud of it.

The thing with bullies, however, is that they have a tendency to, well, eventually get their asses kicked. Every schoolyard is rife with such stories, and every school kid knows those stories tend to be true. So, will the bully get his ass kicked on Saturday in Germany - or has he made one of the most esteemed fighters on the planet his frightened victim?

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