Tyson Fury defeats Deontay Wilder in an epic clash in Las Vegas. It was an action-packed fight. Tyson Fury delivered a thrilling 11th-round knockout of Deontay Wilder to retain his WBC heavyweight boxing crown as their trilogy bout produced another classic on an electric night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Twenty months since Fury dethroned the American, the 33-year-old had to show all his resolve and resilience to extend his undefeated professional heavyweight boxing record to 32 fights after twice being floored in the fourth round.
This fight had five knockdowns and went a lot further than most expected.
Tyson Fury defeats Deontay Wilder – but it wasn’t easy
Round three – Tyson Fury knocks down Deontay Wilder early on in the fight. Fury sent his opponent sprawling in an explosive third, only to see Wilder recover and the Briton found himself on the end of the Bronze Bomber’s huge right hand twice in quick succession.
Round four – Just as It looked dire for Deontay Wilder after round three, he came back with a stinging right hand that sent Fury to the floor.
Round four – With the wind in his sails Deontay Wilder found a spring in his step and sent Tyson Fury to the ground for the second time in a stunning comeback effort
Round 10 – After regaining his composure and focus, Fury went to work, working the body and the head, swivel and punch. And then in Round 10 Tyson Fury knocks Deontay Wilder down for a second time with a crushing right hand.
Round 11 – Tyson was a head-on points and had the fight in the bag, but he could see Wilder there for the taking. Tyson Fury lands a huge right hand that sends Deontay Wilder plunging to the mat for the knockout.
He has done it again, Tyson Fury defeats Deantay Wilder for a second time in Las Vegas, despite not being at his best.
Everyone has a game plan until you get hit
Wilder came out looking to dictate from the opening bell with a series of jabs to the body as Fury took his time to size up a remodelled opponent, one new trainer Malik Scott says has more in his toolbox than previously shown.
The American had closed the gap in terms of weight, and despite Fury carrying 39lbs more than his opponent both were the heaviest of their professional careers at 19st 11lbs to Wilder’s 17st.
The 35-year-old survived the count and, rejuvenated by the bell, felled Fury with a mammoth right of his own in the fourth round and followed with another to send the champion tumbling twice in the same round for the first time in his career, as the anticipation of an upset grew.
Fury, though, rose from there on and a determined Wilder had been hanging on for several rounds when he was knocked down again in the 10th, before the champion finally landed a right that ended the fight after 11 enthralling rounds.
Fury climbed onto the ropes in celebration and was not done entertaining there, taking the mic in what has become his customary style to serenade the crowd with a victory song.
‘I am the greatest heavyweight boxing champion of my era’
Fury has passed every challenge thrown his way but to become the first undisputed heavyweight world champion since Lennox Lewis in 2000 he will need to take the titles held by Oleksandr Usyk. Who will most likely be fighting a rematch with Anthony Joshua. That will set up the next box office fight between Fury and Joshua.
“I have proved time and again that I can never be written off,” he added. “I didn’t have my best performance but I pulled it out of the bag when it needed to be done.
“I am the greatest heavyweight champion of my era, without a doubt. Number one. If you play with fire long enough you will get burned.”
Don’t ever doubt me, when the chips are down I always deliver!
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) October 10, 2021
Wilder did his best to adjust his style, to be able to take the fight to Fury is one thing, but being able to match him with skill and boxing technique is another. There is no shame in losing to Tyson Fury, he is, without doubt, the most talented boxer of the modern era.