Tyson Fury Vs. Deontay Wilder III Became A Classic, Deserving Of Boxing’s Fight Of The Year
Tyson Fury’s trilogy fight against Deontay Wilder is right up there with the best trilogies to have gone down in the history of the sport.
From the first interaction when everyone thought Wilder has almost defeated the Gypsy King for the first time to Fury going 2-0 against then-undefeated WBC champ in 2021, their story has unfolded dramatically before the boxing fans.
With Wilder getting another shot to get his heavyweight title back, he put on a sublime show with Fury in Las Vegas last October. Both men had their moments in the final hurrah, with Fury marking the first knockdown in the third round.
#FuryWilder3 was straight fireworks last night 💥
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— ESPN+ (@ESPNPlus) October 10, 2021
The Bronze Bomber then came back hard, sending the champ to the canvas twice in the next round. But after every round, Wilder’s stamina seemingly declined and so did his strength. This is where Fury outclassed him.
The British star ended the fight in the eleventh round with a powerful right hand, running off to his corner to celebrate the big win and flaunt to the boxing world how good his conditioning is.
Throwback to this beautiful right hand by @Tyson_Fury , that finished the trilogy. #boxing #tysonfury #FuryWilder3 #ko #knockout #boxingbouts pic.twitter.com/OR2XhXxNpC
— Boxing Bouts (@BoutsBoxing) December 27, 2021
This wasn’t a fight that most British fans were expecting when Fury was in talks with Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn for a fight with Anthony Joshua. Both Englishmen were preparing to finalize a date and location until an independent arbitrator upheld Wilder’s plea to be awarded another rematch against the Gypsy King.
As for Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, this was the best trilogy fight he has ever seen after Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier’s 1975 “Thrilla in Manila.”
Fury’s road to success in the trilogy win wasn’t smooth either.
He contracted COVID-19 after a member of his training camp tested positive for the virus, then he spent days in a hospital’s intensive care unit in the UK where her newborn daughter was under observation.
He had to skip weeks of training but managed to continue his unbeaten streak against one of the hardest punchers in boxing.
In his ring interview after the win, Fury was all respect for his rival despite Wilder turning his hand down while being taken care of by his corner as the fight concluded.
The Gypsy King has since hinted at retiring soon, whereas Wilder hasn’t issued any statement either regarding the fight or his future.
Fury was previously keen on sharing the ring with Oleksandr Usyk, but the latter is scheduled to fight Anthony Joshua in early 2022. If Usyk makes it 2-0 against the British heavyweight, a showdown between him and Fury will be on the card for late 2022.