Tyson Fury is simply the best.
After a brutal war between his ultimate nemesis in Deontay Wilder, Fury scored a highlight-reel KO that slumped Wilder in the 11th round.
On Saturday at T-Mobile Arena, the star-studded fight saw Fury retain the WBC, The Ring, and lineal heavyweight titles. The battle was one of the most action-packed title fights of all time.
“It was a great fight tonight,” said Fury. “It was worthy of any trilogy in the history of the sport. Wilder’s a tough fighter. I always said I’m the best in the world and he’s second-best.”
From the outset, Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) showed his new toolset. He exhibited patience and displayed fundamentals early with a body jab that he worked diligently in the first and second rounds.
This was one for the ages! WHAT A NIGHT!🍿👏@Tyson_Fury and Deontay Wilder laid it all on the line and put on a show for us tonight #FuryWilder3 pic.twitter.com/5r8xQu7Eka
— FOX Sports: PBC (@PBConFOX) October 10, 2021
However, in the third round, Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) hit his stride, clipping Wilder and sending him to the canvas for the first time. But Wilder survived and, while on unsteady legs, connected with his equalizing right hand in Round 4 to send Fury to the mat.
After getting up, Wilder knocked Fury down again moments later, leaving Fury vulnerable at the close of the round.
“He caught me twice in the fourth round, but I was never thinking, ‘Oh, this is over,'” Fury said. “He shook me, put me down, but that’s boxing, and that’s life as well. It’s not how many times you get knocked down. You’ve got to keep fighting and keep moving forward.”
From there, the battle of attrition began, as both men had been down and were susceptible. Wilder went between body jabs and headhunting with his killer’s right hand. Fury utilized a stiff jab, dirty boxing, and exploited Wilder’s penchant to drop his head down into a Fury uppercut.
Through seven rounds, Wilder was showing signs of fatigue. He maintained as best he could through the workload, but he was on the edge of oblivion at any moment. Fury smelled blood and kept pounding him with shot after shot.
𝗛𝗘𝗔𝗩𝗬𝗪𝗘𝗜𝗚𝗛𝗧 𝗟𝗘𝗚𝗘𝗡𝗗𝗦 🤝@Tyson_Fury and @LennoxLewis embrace after Fury’s incredible KO win over Deontay Wilder 👏 #FuryWilder3 pic.twitter.com/YaApyXbCJa
— Frank Warren (@FrankWarren) October 10, 2021
But Wilder never seemed out of the fight. He always threw a punch that would connect or keep him in the game. However, as Wilder was trying to survive, Fury tried to win, avoiding Wilder’s most powerful tool, his right hand, and delivering counters at will.
Then Fury dropped Wilder again in the 10th. Wilder got up, but the writing was on the wall. In the 11th round, Fury landed the finishing blow, an overhand right to the temple that meant even the ropes couldn’t hold Wilder up.
Damn 😢😢😢 proud of you still Wilder.
— Claressa Gwoat Shields (@Claressashields) October 10, 2021
He fell unceremoniously to the canvas, landing on his side while referee Russell Mora was waving off the fight before Wilder planted on the canvas. At the 1:10 mark of Round 11 came the end of an epic trilogy. The two have shared 30 total rounds in their rivalry, which has left an indelible mark in boxing history.
“I haven’t seen the actual knockout tonight, but I felt it,” Fury said. “I hit him with a solid, crunching right hook to the temple, and shots like that, they end careers. He definitely took some punishment, so we’ll see what he can do in the future.”
Tyson Fury out raving with Steve Aoki at Hakkasan in Las Vegas straight after his war with Deontay Wilder…
[🎥 @HakkasanLV & @SteveAoki] pic.twitter.com/qf7akJBwgK
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) October 10, 2021
Tyson Fury has proven he is the best heavyweight boxer globally, but Deontay Wilder has nothing to be ashamed of. He displayed the heart of a champion and went out the way he wanted, on his shield.