Tyson Fury was able to knockout Deontay Wilder again to to retain his WBC Heavyweight Title but had to overcome two brutal knockdowns, dropping the latter thrice en route to an eleventh round Knockout victory.
Fury no doubt ended his rivalry with Wilder with a bang, battering a Wilder who was surprisingly standing after taking a one sided punishment from around the sixth round. Wilder was brave and Fury was good and together they entertained the Boxing World with a stunning slugfest, with both fighters having their opportunities up until the eventual stoppage in the Eleventh Round.
Both fighters touched the canvas at-least twice in the fight. Fury was the first to score a knockdown, sending the former WBC Champion to the canvas in the third round. However, tables were turned in the fourth when Wilder connected two brutal right hands that sent Fury to the canvas ones a piece. Fury recovered and took over the fight before dropping Wilder twice again in the 10th and 11th round with the later being the eventual stoppage.
The fight was stopped by referee Russell Mora in the eleventh round after a chopping right hand from Fury sent Deontay Wilder to the canvas at exactly 1:10 of the eleventh round of the ESPN/Fox Sports Pay-Per-View fight at the T-Mobile Arena.
Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) has always been strong and resilient had to come from two knockdowns to dominate Wilder and was ahead of the scorecards by the start of the Eleventh round, Judges Tim Cheatham (94-92), Dave Moretti (95-91) and Steve Weisfeld (95-92) all scoring the fight for Fury.
“Well, like the great John Wayne said, I’m made of pig iron and steel, baby,” Fury told ESPN’s Bernardo Osuna after his dramatic victory. “First of all, I’d just like to say thank you to my lord and savior, Jesus Christ. … He made me legs strong. I was down a couple of times. I was hurt. Wilder’s a strong puncher and he’s a tough man. I was hitting him with some big shots, and my lord and savior rose me to my feet tonight to give him the glory.”
Fury was a 3 – 1 favourite entering the fight and weighed a career high 277 pounds heading into the battle and with the victory made the first defence of the title he won from Wilder with a 7th round knockout back in February 2020.
Wilder also weighed in at a career high 238 pounds for the fight but got stopped for the second straight time. Both fighters had been away from the ring for 19 month and that also ended stoppage loss for Wilder at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
“You know, it was a great fight tonight,” Fury said. “It was worthy of any trilogy in the history of the sport. You know, I’m not gonna make any excuses. Wilder’s a tough fighter. He gave me a real run for me money tonight. And I always said I’m the best in the world, and he’s the second-best.
“You know, he’s got no love for me, Deontay Wilder. Because you know why? Because I beat him three times. And it’s like, I’m a sportsman. I went over to show him support and respect, and he didn’t wanna give it back. So, that’s his problem. I’ll pray for him, so God will soften his heart.”
Deontay Wilder walk out of the ring without making a comment.
Tyson Fury KOs Deontay Wilder In Trilogy