Tyson Fury went to Las Vegas and did exactly what he was telling everyone was going to do by stopping Deontay Wilder (or at least evoking the opposite corner to throw the towel in) and snatching the WBC green belt back to UK shores in their long awaited rematch last night. The result was a slight bookies upset but the manner of Fury’s win and performance shocked the world as he walked down Wilder from the first bell, using his superior skill and an added element of aggression and power to cause Wilder’s corner say enough is enough in the later stages of the seventh round.
By that time Fury had already knocked down Wilder twice, having completely dominated proceedings. Fury’s bullying aggression was evident in the early stages of the fight where he established both a punishing jab and unprecedented ferocious, mauling tempo up close to Wilder. Almost constant and well applied pressure forced Wilder to pot shot his renowned right hand but even when it did connect Fury seemed unfazed. By the third Wilder was already looking somewhat desperate and wearisome, Fury’s excellent jab and power shots hitting home almost at will. Though it was thirty seconds before the end of the third where the fight truly changed as Fury landed a short, clubbing right hand to the back of Wilder’s head sending the Bronze Bomber crashing to the canvas. And that in hindsight was the beginning of the end for Wilder as Fury raised his hands in celebration, knowing he had the measure of the man before him.
Wilder, still on unsteady legs survived the fourth despite falling back clumsily after more Fury pressure. The Gypsy King was now beginning to pepper both body and head, with Wilder unable to answer with anything significant. Wilder was now in pure survival mode with his equilibrium all over the place and soon enough a left hook to the body floored him in the fifth. The long time WBC champ could barely keep himself on his feet for the rest of the round, though he was handed a reprieve when Fury was deducted a point for an illegal shot as he looked to end proceedings. Blood was now pouring from Wilder’s left ear as he looked dazed and confused on his stool at the end of the fifth, the sixth was a similar story with Fury smothering and bullying (and licking) Wilder on the ropes. Wilder clearly couldn’t generate the power from his legs to land the home run right hand he is so well known for.
Instead, Fury, sensing and seeing blood continued to pile on the pressure and cut the ring off, forcing Wilder onto the ropes where Fury delivered big right hands before Wilder’s team decided to throw in the towel to spare their brave fighter further damage. Fury’s victory caps off an incredible come back from over two and half years out of the ring, where he faced severe mental health issues and suicidal thoughts, to an inspirational journey to become world champion once again, four and a half years after he defeated Wladimir Klitchkso to end Klitchsko’s reign of dominance on the heavyweight division. All of this sandwiching the fact that Fury was robbed of a win in the controversial first fight with Wilder back in late 2018. A truly remarkable achievement and one of the greatest stories that the sport has ever produced.
The manner of Fury’s win indicates that his surprising split from former trainer Ben Davidson and switch to Sugarhill Stewart paid off. The game plan of applied pressure from the off rather than the classic Fury hit and don’t get hit style clearly bamboozled Wilder and even without a burst eardrum, Wilder likely wouldn’t have been able to live with Fury’s variety of attacks and measured aggression. There was only ever going to be one winner last night whatever excuses Wilder may throw around in the next few months.
Fury’s historic win propels him in many people’s eyes as the best heavyweight on the planet and also means that all heavyweight belts are on UK soil. Something that thesixyardring has been hoping for a long time! Whether a gargantuan unification fight between Fury and Anthony Joshua can be made any time soon remains to be seen as boxing/network politics will always do their best to get the way of the best fights being made. However, UK fans should at least be somewhat hopeful that such a fight will happen after last night’s epic scenes. Though Deontay Wilder, with a rematch clause up his sleeve, still has a massive say in how the heavyweight landscape looks in the next six months to a year.
Whether he activates the rematch clause straight away after such a beating remains unclear and this isn’t an AJ/Andy Ruiz Jr situation. Joshua was the better fighter who had an off night and was confident enough to go back into the battle with the man who just beat him up for seven rounds. Fury looked liked the much better fighter in there long before Wilder’s senses betrayed him so he and his team have a tough decision to make, as they may need to rebuild confidence before trying to win back their belt. However with the division set as it is Wilder can’t really afford to take a year to rebuild, so it would seem likely there will be a third fight being that UK fans will have to wait for that epic showdown between Fury and AJ. And not to forget that Dillian Whyte has also been guaranteed a mandatory shot at the WBC title by February 2021.
Whatever happens next though at present is irrelevant, last night Fury completed one of the greatest sporting comebacks ever and that itself should be celebrated for a while yet before the hype train of unification fights et al sets in. Tyson Fury defeated his demons and in the end defeated Wilder to get himself back to where he belongs, in the top echelons of the sport and the UK has a sporting hero that should be truly proud of.
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