Boxing fans are used to a lot of hype when it comes to heavyweight title fights, but the battles themselves often don’t live up to it. Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder 3 not only lived up to the hype, but it was even better than anyone could have hoped for.
It was a night that saw the sport win and fans overjoyed with a spectacle for the ages. Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder delivered a classic fight that gave us five knockdowns and a fight-of-the-year candidate. Fury (31-0-1 22kos) knocked Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) out in the 11th round from a right hand, ending a classic fight.
First and foremost, both fighters deserve that admiration and thanks from fans of the Sweet Science. From the beginning, we knew this would not be like the second fight. Wilder came out active and was establishing the jab. Fury had the best punch of the round as he landed a right hand towards the end of the round, but the activity from Wilder caught fight fans’ attention. Wilder showed that he was there to bring the fight back to Fury and would not fall back. Wilder had Fury not rushing in and trying to bully Wilder as he could sense his opponent’s strategy and building momentum.
Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder Round 3 showed us yet again this fight would be different
Tyson Fury unleashed a right hand to the side of Wilder’s face and knocked him down to get the action rolling in Round 3. Wilder stood up and shook his head to say he was ok and he responded to end the round and immediately, you knew this man’s heart could never be questioned. In between rounds, when the replay showed the knockdown, you wondered how Wilder took that shot and responded how he did.
Round 4 told us this fight would be a classic. Wilder not only showed the heart of a champion, but he showed he was coming not there to go away after being dropped. Wilder connected with his signature right-hand weapon to Fury and Fury wobbled and dropped but did get back up. Wilder went at Tyson Fury but did not go wild and later in the round dropped Fury again as he tried to clinch. This time Tyson Fury stood up but looked even more hurt and shook his head. The crowd was electric, and the fighters were throwing bombs and we fought off the year on our hands.
Wilder, from this point, looked tired and was starting to lose rounds as the fight progressed from the middle to the late rounds. Even with Wilder looking tired and on wobbly legs, he kept trying, and even as he ate punches, he threw and at times landed on Fury to remind him he could end it at any minute. Wilder was looking a little worse for wear but was never out of the fight and two times at the end of rounds 9 and 10 landed shots on Fury that had him covering up and taking deep breaths as the rounds ended.
The fight entered the championship rounds and in round ten, Fury delivered a right-hand bomb to Wilder and dropped Wilder to his knees. Wilder, again showing tremendous heart and grit, rose again and threw back and ended the round standing. As the 11th round began, Tyson Fury came out and pressured Wilder and had him against the ropes. Wilder seemed like his legs were gone, but he was not going to quit. Fury had Wilder in against the ropes again and landed that right hand one more time and Wilder came crashing down.
Just like that, the fight was over and the trilogy had ended. Wilder went out fighting like a warrior, despite losing by KO. Tyson Fury showed to be better and took some hellacious shots in the process. Where do they both go from here, who knows, but for now, give them both their flowers and again, both of you thank you both for the fight of the year. When boxing is done right, it is the most fantastic sport in the world and one more time, boxing will never die. On this night, boxing reigns supreme and it’s thanks to two great men and fighters.