In a fight people will be talking about decades from now, Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury outlasted Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder in a classic heavyweight title fight to put a resounding end to their epic trilogy.
Both fighters went down multiple times with Fury going down twice in the fourth round and Wilder going down in third and twice in the eleventh round. The final knockdown sent him face first into the canvas and prompted referee Russell Mora to wave off the fight at 70 seconds into the round without a final count.
The dramatic conclusion to this epic trilogy sent the raucous crowd of 15,820 at T-Mobile arena into a frenzy as everyone in the building knew they were watching history unfold right before their eyes.
With the win, Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) retains The Ring championship and WBC title along with his status as the heavyweight divisions lineal champion while remaining undefeated.
“This was a great fight and October 9, 2021 will go down in history, I hope,” Fury said immediately after the fight. “I always said I was the best in the world, and he was the second best. Don’t ever doubt me. When the chips are down, I will always deliver.”
Over the three fights, Fury knocked Wilder down five times and Wilder dropped Fury four times as both had outstanding moments throughout their epic trilogy.
As a precaution, Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) was taken to University Medical Center for evaluation due to being out landed 157-72 overall with 114 of the punches being power shots according to Compubox stats while getting stopped for the second consecutive time by Fury. The 150 punches landed on Wilder is the most ever landed by an opponent in Wilder’s remarkable career.
“I did my best, but it wasn’t good enough tonight,” Wilder said. “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 pounds to be a ballet dancer. He came to lean on me, try to rough me up and he succeeded.”
Although the future is very cloudy for Wilder after losing to Fury twice, the former WBC Heavyweight champion of the world has no reason to hang his head as his heart, determination and adjustments between the second and third fight will not be forgotten anytime soon. Anyone who truly knows the greatness of the sweet science, knows in defeat he fought an excellent fight that could have beaten any other heavyweight in the world not named Tyson Fury.
“Like the great John Wayne said, iron and steel, baby,” Fury said. “I give God the glory for the victory. [Wilder] is a tough man. He took some big shots tonight. And I want to say that if it wasn’t for SugarHill, America and Detroit’s own, I wouldn’t have gotten through that fight tonight. He said, ‘get your jab working, big guy, and throw that right hand down the middle. That’s how the big dogs do it.”
As someone who saw all three fights live, I can say with the upmost confidence we saw the top two heavyweight champions of this era go head-to-head three times which produced one of the best fights in boxing history in their trilogy match. There must be a winner and loser in the ring, but in the end the sport of boxing and fans across the globe were the winners as we saw a future Hall of Famer in Wilder show one of the biggest hearts anyone has every seen and we saw a generational talent in Fury overcome adversity to showcase his greatness while producing two of the best performances in his splendid career.
Job well done Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, your legacies and places in boxing history are secure.