Fury vs. Wilder Full Trilogy Review
Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder Terrific Trilogy Showdown Review
Tyson Fury cemented his status as the world’s best heavyweight by knocking out Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas on Saturday night. The Gypsy King proved once more that he boasts a granite jaw, tremendous power and a superior skill set to his American rival. He displayed immense fortitude to drag himself off the canvas twice after soaking up some monstrous blows, and he had the poise to deliver a brutal knockout in the 11th round. We have analysed this exhilarating fight and explored what now lies on the horizon for the triumphant heavyweight.
Background to the Fight
The first fight between these men ended in a controversial draw back in 2018. Fury landed far more punches than Wilder over the course of the bout, and many observers felt he had done enough to secure victory, but the judges could not split them. They resumed hostilities at the MGM Grand in February 2020, and a far more aggressive Fury secured a dominant victory after holding his ground in the centre of the ring. He floored Wilder in the third and fifth rounds, and the Bronze Bomber’s team threw in the towel in the seventh.
Wilder gave a litany of excuses for that defeat. He blamed his heavy ring-walk outfit for making him tired. He claimed his own trainer had spiked his water. He said the officials were biased. He even accused Fury of putting a “gypsy spell” on him. Fury was keen to move on and fight Anthony Joshua in a unification bout, but Wilder invoked a rematch clause. That forced Fury to abandon plans to fight Joshua, and he had to train for a trilogy clash with Wilder instead. The fight was delayed after Fury tested positive for Covid-19 in the summer, but they finally locked horns at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Wilder tipped the scales at a career-high 238lb. He had fired his trainer after the loss to Fury, and tasked former heavyweight Malik Scott with preparing him for the trilogy match. The Bronze Bomber came into the ring in a lightweight fur-lined gown, which was far less elaborate than the armour he wore in February 2020. Fury strode into the ring dressed as a Roman centurion against a backdrop of AC/DC. The crowd inside the arena was whipped up to a fever pitch as the gladiators squared off and the bell sounded the start of the first round.
Fury Lands an Early Knockdown
Wilder was the clear underdog for this fight, but he was determined to prove his worth. His stance was more positive, and he made a concerted effort to attack the body in the opening stages. However, Fury began to press him back as the opening round wore on, and he rocked Wilder with a solid right.
Fury’s superior skill set was apparent once more in the second round. He picked up the pace, landed several combinations and displayed slick footwork. Wilder sensed the tide was turning against him, so he began to take more risks. The Bronze Bomber is one of the most powerful punchers of all time, and he was desperately seeking opportunities to unleash his right hand, but he missed with several clumsy shots and Wilder took the round.
They both stood their ground in the third round and traded mammoth shots. Fury wobbled at one point, but he bounced back and sent Wilder sprawling to the ground. Wilder looked to be in real trouble, but he was saved by the bell. The Bronze Bomber had a dazed look on his face as he staggered over to his corner, and the crowd sensed the end was nigh.
Wilder Stuns Fury in the Fourth
The fight really exploded into life in the fourth round. Fury sought to press home his advantage against a groggy opponent. Wilder was on the back foot, but out of nowhere the retreating fighter landed a sharp right and sent Fury crashing to his knees. The crowd roared. Fury beat the count and headed back into the fray, but now the momentum was with Wilder.
He went in for the kill and knocked Fury to the floor again. Once more, Fury climbed to his feet. He looked exhausted, but he insisted that he was never in danger of succumbing to the blows. “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.”
TFury did indeed keep moving forward, and he clawed his way back into the fight in the fifth round. Both men appeared exhausted as the bell rang, but the partisan crowd implored Wilder to take the fight to his rival. The Alabama native obliged, only to absorb a ferocious right hand from Fury. The fight was delicately poised at the end of the fifth, as all three judges had Wilder ahead by two points.
Fury’s Quality Shines Through
Fury also came in at a career-high 277 lbs for the fight, leaving him 39 lbs heavier than Wilder. He also has a reach advantage over Wilder. The Gypsy King made those advantages count from the sixth round onwards, leaning on his opponent and bullying the Bronze Bomber. Wilder found himself in reverse for the remainder of the fight. Fury was too strong, too quick and too technically astute for his rival. Wilder continued to throw haymakers with every drop of energy he contained, but he simply could not land that killer punch.
Fury’s dominance finally told in the 10th, when he dropped Wilder with a stinging right hand. Wilder did well to convince the referee that he could continue, and he actually landed a couple of heavy shots towards the end of the round. However, the writing was on the wall, and Fury ended the fight with a savage blow – a chopping right hand that sent the American tumbling face-first onto the canvas. The refereeing waved off the fight, handing Fury another victory. He was ahead on all three judges’ cards, by scores of 95-91, 95-92 and 94-92.
Fury took the microphone to serenade the crowd with a customary victory song. He was incensed that Wilder would not congratulate him after the fight, branding the American a “sore loser” and “an idiot”. Yet he was still able to bask in the adulation of his fans, content that this epic chapter in his career is now closed.”
“Me and Wilder’s saga is done now, done for good,” Fury said. “It was definitely a historic trilogy. It swung both ways, both fighters had the opportunity to seize the moment and it was just that I showed the initiative and dug deeper and I wanted it more. Because at the end of the day, when it comes down to that sort of fight, it’s who’s willing to push further. It was a great fight, worthy of the best trilogiesI will not make any excuses, Wilder is a top fighter, he gave me a run for my money. I always say I am the best fighter in the world and he is the second best. Don’t ever doubt me. When the chips are down, I can always deliver.””
Wilder did not stick around to shake Fury’s hand. “I did my best, but it wasn’t good enough tonight,” said the Bronze Bomber, who was taken to a medical centre as a precaution. “I’m not sure what happened. I know that in training he did certain things, and I also knew that he didn’t come in at 277 lbs to be a ballet dancer. He came to lean on me, try to rough me up and he succeeded.””
What Next for Tyson Fury?
Fury’s professional record is now 31-0-1, and he has bolstered his status as the top dog in the heavyweight division. However, his next step is unclear. Everyone wanted to see him fight Joshua in a unification battle, but AJ lost his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts after he was outpointed by Oleksandr Usyk last month. Joshua has triggered a rematch clause with Usyk in a bid to win back his titles, and they will fight again in the spring of 2022. Fury would realistically need to wait until the end of 2022 to take on whoever prevails in that fight.
He could simply bide his time and wait, but he may not want to spend such a long time out of the ring. His most obvious opponent would be fellow Brit Dillian Whyte, who is the mandatory challenger for the WBC title. Whyte will take on Otto Wallin on October 30, and if he is successful, he could land a title shot against Fury. The Gypsy King has already beaten Wallin, so he may not want to go back into the ring with the Swedish boxer if Wallin wins.
Another option for Fury could be Andy Ruiz Jr. The Mexican stunned the world by ending Joshua’s unbeaten record in 2019, but he was comprehensively beaten on points in the rematch later that year. Ruiz is now on the comeback trail, and he recovered from a second-round knockdown to secure a unanimous decision win against Chris Areola in May. Former world champion, Joseph Parker, is another potential option, but his stock has plummeted after losing to Joshua and Whyte. It seems like Whyte is the most realistic opponent for Fury, provided he gets the better of Wallin.
Fury says he will now enjoy a rest. “I’ve just earned a well-earned break from everything,” he said when asked about his next fight. I’ve been away from my family for six months, I’ve been home two weeks out of the last six months. Before I start thinking about fighting other men, I'm going to bask in this victory, because tonight was one of my greatest wins. We'll see what today brings and tomorrow as well.”