Originally Posted by Lilo
Didn't realise Fury was formerly unbeaten
Strange move IMO the IBF is a much more difficult route than the WBC one. His options seemed to be:
WBC - Arreola/Stiverne>Vitali
IBF - Cunningham>Pulev>Wlad
He'll probably lose his high ranking with the WBC for taking this fight too. He'll beat Cunningham but Pulev is a tough, tough fight which will probably yield a smaller purse than say an Arreola fight.
Strange fight unless his WBC ranking has been guaranteed.
Fighting the WBC eliminator winner, Arreola imo surely would be the smartest move since Fury is building up a following in the US, not to mention it being an easier night and even picking up a vacant title or fighting the weaker champion in Vitali. That's the route he chose the WBC route whilst building a profile in the US, it wouldn't make much sense for him to go the IBF route now, fighting Pulev most likely in Germany where he has no following & would be a harder fight plus if he wins he is fighting the strongest champion in Wlad.