Brian Magee backs Wladimir Klitschko to beat Tyson Fury in heavyweight showdown

Tyson Fury exercises during a public training session at the airport in Duesseldorf
Tyson Fury exercises during a public training session at the airport in Duesseldorf

Former WBA World champion Brian Magee believes the odds are stacked against Tyson Fury before his heavyweight showdown on Saturday night.

Man mountain Fury will challenge Wladimir Klitschko for his WBA, IBF and IBO World titles.

The giant Klitschko’s last defeat was in 2004 and he has won 64 of his 67 fights, with 53 of those wins coming by way of knock-out and Magee thinks the Ukrainian will get the job done in Germany.

“I think Tyson will give it a go and he is awkward, but for me Klitschko is just too good and too strong.

“Tyson has been winding him up with all his talking, singing and Batman antics and I think Klitschko will be up for this one and stop Fury with that huge right hand of his.

“Klitschko has been there and done and I just think he will have too much experience and firepower for Fury,” he added.

But Magee also admits that he thinks Fury could make things difficult for his rival on the night.

“Fury is massive and he has good movement and speed for his size and if he won this fight it would be an upset, but one that could be good for the heavyweight division.

“He has a punchers chance, but I think it just depends on what Klitschko turns up on the night.

“But hopefully it is a great fight and that is lights-up the heavyweight scene. But I expect Klitschko to win and I think he will stop Fury at some stage,” said Magee.

And Magee who fought the likes of Carl Froch, Mikkel Kessler and Lucian Bute in a glittering career is looking forward to Carl Frampton’s massive IBF and WBA World title clash against Scott Quigg on February 27.

“This is a huge fight and I am pleased for both fighters that the fight has heen made, as they will both make loads of money.

“I think this is a great clash between two boxers and I think Quigg stopping Kiko Martinez and Carl being put down in El Paso has made this fight more interesting.

“Before those fights in the summer I thought Carl would win easy, but now I think it is 55-45 to Carl.

“I still think he wins but it will be tougher than I thought it would be.

“Both guys can bang - so it should be an interesting fight and we will see that both guys are made of.

“I also think Quigg has fought the better calibre of people but I think this will be both fighters toughest test to date,” he added.

And Magee says that no matter who wins - they still have to deal with Guillermo Rigondeaux - if they want to call themselves the best in the super-bantamweight division.

“I see Rigondeaux was back in action at the weekend and the winner of Frampton versus Quigg will have to fight him.

“I also think it is a bit strange Carl slating Quigg for taking Rigondeaux’s belt after the Cuban lost the WBA because of his inactivity.

“Because what will Carl say if he wins that WBA belt - that he does not feel like the real WBA champion because he has not fought Rigondeaux.

“Carl will be the IBF and WBA World champion on February 27 and I hope both lads let their fists do the talking and say nothing until they meet in the ring,” said Magee.

And Magee says Belfast fight Tommy McCarthy is heading towards the big time.

“We had a fight for him in November but that fell through and now we have a date in December. He is a talented boy and we will be pushing for titles in 2016. That is the aim.”