An Instant Classic: Tyson Fury Knocks Out Deontay Wilder In Trilogy Fight

After more than a year of waiting, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder were ready to prove that the best was yet to come compared to their previous outings. 

Inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, they proved that, and then some. 

In a back and forth affair, Fury knocked out Wilder in the eleventh round to retain the WBC and The Ring Heavyweight Titles. The fight saw multiple knockdowns and a motivated Fury, who had to push himself against a tired but still tough Wilder. 

“It was a great fight tonight,” Fury said. “It was worthy of any trilogy in the history of the sport. Deontay Wilder’s a top fighter. He gave me a real run for my money. I always said I’m the best in the world, and he’s the second-best.” 

Before the fight, Wilder bulked up and worked on fainting. This was something that Malik Scott helped him with after Wilder lost the second fight between the two. Scott was brought in after a few changes to Wilder’s camp, including the dismissal of Mark Breland, who threw in the towel to save Wilder in the second bout.

Wilder jabbed his way out of the first round, with big blows to the body and head. Fury did look comfortable, however, and ended the round with a one-two combination. 

Round two saw Fury controlling the ring this time. He reached and landed a shot that pushed Wilder back. He continued his assault and the fight was looking as if it was going to end early. That point continued after combinations knocked Wilder down in the third. Wilder got back up but Fury would not stop landing by the ropes.  

Roles reversed in round four, as Wilder, who looked like a deer in the headlights to start the round, stormed back. He landed a big right that knocked Fury down. Fury got back up and landed a right of his own. Wilder, however, wasn’t finished. He landed another big shot that put Fury down again. 

Fury would end up getting up again, but Wilder was on the hunt. In round five Wilder landed multiple rights that rocked the body of Fury. Fury would stay resilient and landed a big shot to the same ear he attacked last fight. That would come into play later. 

The fight took an interesting turn in the sixth. Wilder hit inside body shots, but Fury would land side body shots to slow Wilder down. Fury would land a huge uppercut against the ropes and would continue to land in the seventh. Combinations were key for Fury, as those along with jabs backed Wilder up. By the eighth, Wilder looked tired and was almost draping over Fury. Fury, who tested positive for COVID-19 before their previously scheduled summer bout, would try and take advantage as much as he could. 

Something appeared to be off with Wilder’s hand as round nine opened up; many shots did not have the same impact as they normally do. He tried landing shots but Fury was ducking. Fury would then push Wilder back and land more combinations. A tired Wilder was then dropped in round ten by a right to the side of the head. They both duked it out after, with Fury having the advantage. 

Unknown how it would go if it went to the final bell, Fury landed a big right against the ropes that dropped Wilder down for good. The same ear from before was bleeding, and the referee had no choice but to stop the action. 

According to CompuBox, Fury landed 150 punches compared to Wilder’s 72. He also landed 114 power punches, higher than Wilder’s 63. Wilder landed big shots, but only landed double-digit blows once in the fight.

What is next for Fury? Anthony Joshua has activated his rematch clause after losing the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Titles a few weeks ago to Oleksandr Usyk. Dillian Whyte is set to face Otto Wallin on October 30. If he were to win, the interim WBC Heavyweight Champion is looking to finally fight for the WBC Heavyweight Title. 

Until we find out what is next, Fury will look to sing the night and all of his worries away. 

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