Yet another epic trilogy has been immortalised within the annals of boxing history as Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder III is punctuated in spectacular fashion. Once again, the Gypsy King has earned the right to taste sweet, sweet victory after dismantling the Bronze Bomber over the course of 11 clinical rounds. Although it wasn’t exactly a completely frictionless ordeal…
It was clear from the outset that we could probably ignore the scorecards… this one was never going to the judges. Both men entered the ring prepared for battle and prepared to be carried home on their shields. Wilder set foot on canvas to debut a version of himself we’d never seen before. Early on, it’d seemed as though he packed a little more in his toolbox than a showstopping right hand. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be enough to overcome Fury’s transcendental fight IQ and next-level gas tank.
Towards the end of Round 3, Fury managed to level Wilder for a standing eight-count – it seemed as though the circus was about to pack up. Saved by the bell to see Round 4, Fury walked his American opponent down in an all-too relaxed fashion, leading Wilder to remind everyone he’s still dangerous in a disadvantaged position. In a career first, Tyson Fury was knocked down twice during a single round (side note: we’ll definitely be hearing about how controversially slow that second count was all week).
Eventually, Tyson Fury regained momentum, intelligently throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Deontay Wilder. A combination of punishment sustained and regular-ass exhaustion had already defeated Wilder. By Round 10, it was clear Fury had successfully defended his championship title, ensuring Wilder hit the deck one more time for the folks watching at home. By Round 11, he landed the finishing blow. KO. And that was all she wrote.
The lesson here? Even if a WBC heavyweight champion has the physique of a forklift operator, be extremely wary of his abilities elsewhere. Plus, consistently loading up to swing with all you’ve got only to cut straight through air will likely burn you out quicker. To Deontary Wilder’s credit, he was tougher than a $2 steak. Tyson Fury was simply better in every conceivable way.