Fury defeats Wilder in a classic showdown
Tyson Fury may have stamped his place in heavyweight mount rushmore after slaying his biggest rival Deontay Wilder in a trilogy fight for the ages. Tyson Fury rose from the canvas twice in a disastrous Round 4 to overcome his heavy handed foe.
Fury shook off the early deficit to drop Deontay Wilder twice before finishing him with a violent knockout punch in Round 11 to defend his WBC and lineal titles. "Like the great John Wayne said, I'm made of pig, iron and steel, baby!" Fury said. "I took some big shots but my lord and savior helped me up and kept me going. It was a great fight tonight and it's worthy of any trilogy in the history of the sport." Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs), led on all three scorecards (95-91, 94-92, 95-92) at the time of the stoppage, Wilder struggled with the significant weight advantage Fury had. Wilder was fighting an uphill battle and rebounded consistently in bad moments. After being dropped in round 3 WIlder was able to surge ahead. Fury closed the distance and tired Wilder out. WIlder’s power seemed to diminish the more Fury mauled him on the inside. A big right hand early in Round 11 shook Wilder against the ropes. A two-punch combo followed, finishing with a short and brutal right hand that sent Wilder down for the third time. His momentum made him land awkwardly and knocked him out cold. Fury outlanded Wilder by a margin of 150 to 72, according to CompuBox. He also held a 36 to 9 edge in jabs. "Deontay Wilder is so tough but he has no love for me because I beat him three times," Fury said. "I am a sportsman, I went over to show love and respect but he didn't want to give it back." The fighters in the beginning of the week both expressed their unwillingness to ever fight again. The WIlder Fury saga ended in the most epic way possible. "October 9, 2021, will go down in history as a great fight," Fury said. "Don't ever doubt me. When the chips are down, I can always deliver."