Tyson Fury ensures he has left no doubt that he is the best heavyweight of the era after rising from the canvas twice to retain his WBC title with an 11th-round knockout of Deontay Wilder in an all-time classic.
Don’t ever doubt me, when the chips are down I always deliver!
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) October 10, 2021
“It was a great fight tonight, it was worthy of any trilogy in the history of the sport,” Fury said on Saturday” Deontay Wilder’s a top fighter, he gave me a real run for my money. I always said I’m the best in the world and he’s second best.”
Fury showed incredible tenacity to come out on top and put an end to this rivalry in a thrilling and gruelling third fight between these two fighters at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with five knockdowns in all.
In the third round, Wilder hit the ground first and appeared to be spared by the bell on unstable legs, but after only a minute’s rest, he promptly reversed the tables with his straight right hand to drop Fury twice.
The thrilling slug-fest was more competitive than many expected, but it still concluded with the British boxer outboxing the American to retain his unbeaten lineal title.
After losing the WBC belt to Fury 20 months ago in a one-sided bout, Wilder was the aggressor early, using his jab to back up the larger Fury while seizing on every opportunity to throw his powerful right hand.
Fury weathered the early storm and knocked Wilder down in the third round with a short uppercut but the American responded in the fourth, knocking Fury down twice with shots to the head from close range.
But like he did when he was knocked down in the 12th round of their first meeting, Fury absorbed the punishment and picked himself up.
Fury then grabbed charge and bludgeoned Wilder, knocking him off his feet in the tenth round before finishing the fight with a straight right hand to the side of his head that pushed Wilder face-first to the mat.
— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) October 10, 2021
Although down on the scorecards, the fight never felt completely out of reach for Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) due to his right hand the defensive-minded Fury mostly managed to avoid it.
With the win, Fury (31-0-1) has now taken two of the three meetings between the rivals after the first fight ended in a draw and Fury dominated the second.
Fury serenaded the crowd after the bout with a rendition of “Walking in Memphis.”
The battered Wilder reportedly went to the hospital immediately after the fight.