Tyson Fury: Fight time and fun facts

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After a long hiatus, colorful British heavyweight Tyson Fury returns this weekend to make his BoxNation debut. Tyson Fury vs Joey Abell

Date: Saturday, Feb. 15
Time: 19:00 GMT; 4PM ET
Venue: Copper Box Arena, London
Broadcast: BoxNation
Live Stream: LiveSport.TV

Division: Heavyweight
Rounds: 10

Fury last fought in April, knocking out an undersized but well-prepared Steve Cunningham (then 25-6, 12 KO) at the famed Madison Square Garden Theater in New York.

In that bout, the young Brit showed tremendous moxie by battling back after being badly floored by a massive overhand right in Round 2 and subsequently jolted on a few more occasions.

Following his victorious U.S debut, Tyson was slated to meet former cruiserweight and WBA Heavyweight Champion David Haye in September in what would have been the biggest, most intriguing heavyweight match-up in two years; But the bout would be postponed and subsequently canceled altogether due to Haye's career-threatening shoulder issues.

Fury's furious week

“It’s been hard, it’s been a very bad week for me,” Fury told BoxNation on Friday.

“My wife was rushed into hospital on Monday for an emergency operation and she was in for five days. I got a cut eye in sparring and then my two cars were burnt down on my drive a couple of days later."

"I’m just waiting for something else to go wrong now! Hopefully not though!"

“Hopefully on Saturday I go out there and knock this guy out and go onto my next fight. All of what has gone on is in the past, I look to the future and not what is behind me” he said.

Fury referred to his opponent, Joey Abell, as ‘his worst nightmare’ and vowed not to look past the American.

Fury vs Abell Tale of the Tape


So who is Joey Abell?

Hailing from Minnesota, USA, Joey Abell is your classic, tough heavy-handed journeyman who typically wins or loses by stoppage.

A proverbial wrecking machine against club fighters, Abell's history suggests he gets humbled whenever stepping up to face a real contender or an opponent with elite-level experience.

In his most recent fight last December, the Minnesotan southpaw was stopped in five by top ten contender Kubrat Pulev (then 18-0).

Abell's highest profile fight took place in 2011 against Chris Arreola. The bout was stopped after only 42 seconds as Abell appeared to be taking too much punishment.

If Tyson Fury and countryman and rival Dereck Chisora win their respective bouts this weekend, it will set up the blockbuster rematch this summer between the two very controversial pugilists. The stakes will be high as the winner of Fury vs Chisora 2 may be next in-line to face lineal heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

Fury vs Abell: Pre-Fight Stats and Facts
  • Years pro: Abell has 9 years as a pro; Fury has 5+
  • A rock star early: The American Was 20-1-0-1NC after his first 22 bouts
  • Amateur accolades: Abell was a Silver medalist 1998 United States Junior Championships at 201 lbs losing to Malik Scott.
  • Amateur accolades: Tonight's underdog was a gold medalist in the 1999 United States Under-19 Championships at Super Heavyweight.
  • 10 months: Fury's longest time of inactivity between bouts
  • Last 6: Fury has won five of his last six bouts via knockout
  • Last 7: The American is 4-3, 4 KOs in his last seven bouts
  • BoxRec: Abell is ranked No. 120 in the division by BoxRec; Tyson Fury is ranked No. 4 by the same site
  • Weighty issues? Fury was a career heavy 19st 8lbs (277 lbs) although it was hard to see what kind of shape he was in because he stepped onto the scales with a full tracksuit, shoes and cap.

Fury vs Abell fight in U.S and Canada
Canadian fans may watch all the action - LIVE from London - on Fight Network, starting at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT);

Americans can view on both cable and satellite pay-per-view for a suggested retail price of $24.95 via DIRECTV, iN Demand, DISH, Avail-TVN. Integrated Sports Media is distributing this major British boxing event in the United States on behalf of Fight Network. It may also be viewed in the United States on GFL.TV.


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