Antonio Tarver doesn’t give Tyson Fury much of a chance as the mandatory challenger prepares to challenge the American’s long-term target Wladimir Klitschko on October 24 in Dusseldorf.
Tarver hasn’t been impressed by Fury’s rise to a world title shot and says upcoming opponent Steve Cunningham putting him on the canvas is a prime example of the deep waters the former European champion will find himself in against the Ukrainian.
“Tyson Fury has done a great job keeping his name in the media, but I haven’t been impressed by his boxing skills,” Tarver exclusively told World Boxing News.
“Basically he’s all size. He has a little jab because of his size, but no power. If Cunningham dropped him, Klitschko’s going to destroy him when he touches him with his right.
“I’ll be surprised and the first to say I’m wrong if he upsets Klitschko, but to me Fury isn’t a hard tree to chop down.
“He talks a lot and is animated but, ability-wise, I don’t think much of him,” he added.
The 46 year-old battles Cunningham himself on August 14 in Newark, New Jersey as ‘The Magic Man’ aims to land himself a crack at Klitschko at some point in 2016.
Tarver is currently undefeated since suffering back-to-back losses against Chad Dawson in 2008/09 and scored an impressive seventh round knockout of Klitschko’s trainer Johnathon Banks last time out.