It looks as though everyone wants a shot at Cain Velasquez.
Velasquez made beating Junior Dos Santos look about as easy as putting on a glove. Alistair Overeem plans on climbing the ranks to one day challenge Velasquez for the UFC heavyweight title, but that’s another story. Velasquez has already beaten some very big men in his career, including Brock Lesnar, Antonio Silva and Ben Rothwell. But an even bigger man looks to take on the heavyweight champ.
In the UK, there is a leviathan of a boxer by the name of Tyson Fury. Fury stands an imposing 6’9 and weighs roughly 257lbs. Fury has a dominating record of 20-0 and is ranked No. 10 in the world by The Ring magazine. It seems despite Fury’s impressive record, he has done nothing to impress anyone enough to give him a title shot.
In what can be interpreted as airing his frustrations, Fury challenged Velasquez to a fight, via Twitter.
“I challenge u to fight all in in a cage or ring! It could be billed as the man vs midget lets get it on!”
According to ESPN Chicago, Velasquez rejected the Goliath of a boxer’s challenge. Velasquez commented that he never heard of Fury until the Twitter attack.
“I didn’t know who he was until this.”
“I think he’s using my name to gain publicity, which he has done, everybody is bringing it up.”
In that case, Fury: Kudos! You have succeeded in getting yourself some attention. But have your tweets done enough to rile up Velasquez and get a fight out of him? No, not as easy as you may have hoped. Velasquez made it clear that if they were to fight, it would be on his terms.
“I’m not a boxer. I’m a mixed martial artist, and if he wants to fight, he can go into the UFC and work his way up like everybody else does.”
It is not likely we will see this match anytime soon. Fury should keep focusing on his boxing career before switching sports just to prove a point.