Tyson Fury found his defining triumph in one of the greatest and most heroic heavyweight fights ever seen.
Thus his epic trilogy with Deontay Wilder ended in a brutal 11th round knock out after Fury climbed off the canvas twice, having being floored by the Bronze Bomber’s atomic right hand.
Wilder inflicted those blows after being dropped first himself. He suffered two more knock downs at the climax of a ring war in the courage and will of two gladiators defied defied belief.
Tyson Fury beat Deontay Wilder in an incredible trilogy fight in Las Vegas – Pictured: Knocking down Wilder in the third round
Fury was floored by Wilder twice in the fourth round of the fight, before once again recovering against his great rival
Fury looked to be in serious trouble as he faced the count – but he rose to survive the fourth round and come back at Wilder
Without extraordinary inner fortitude and a willingness to soak up monstrous punishment each could have fallen ten times.
As they reeled between pain and exhaustion either could have been forgiven for succumbing. And it was the referee who had to prevent a semiconscious Wilder from rising yet again.
Fury prevailed by brute strength, violent force, a granite jaw and a superior skill set. As he said: ‘I’m the best heavyweight in the world and he’s the second best. ‘
Anthony Joshua can consider himself fortunate indeed that his long touted mega fight with Fury fell through. Oleksandr Usyk is too small to survive against this Behemoth. So who next for Fury? At this vaulting moment for boxing it hardly matters.
Let us simply give thanks for witnessing greatness and gallantry of the highest sporting order.
Fury stands over Wilder, after knocking the American to the canvas in a series of blows through a brilliant third round
Fury came through the opening two rounds and then dominated against the Bronze Bomber in the third round
Wilder and Fury go toe to toe in the opening rounds of the fight, with both fighters unleashing big blows from the start
Fury wowed the Las Vegas crowd at the T-Mobile Arena with his Centurion entrance and vow to ‘obliterate the dosser’
Fury came out snarling in the first round despite Wilder threatening to work the body and then doing so with the first dozen blows of the fight, before then switching to the head to dominate the first round.
But in the second round the Gypsy King responded with a combination at the start of the it and despite more body work from Wilder, he ended up taking the round.
A set of furious exchanges followed in the third, with Wilder rocking Fury, but the latter came back ferociously to floor Wilder in the fourth and almost finish it within his projected three rounds.
Although that proved not to be the case, Wilder was looking groggy and Fury went for the kill. However, suddenly a big right sent Fury sprawling, before another knockdown followed from the Bronze Bomber and the only thing that saved Fury was the bell.
But it would not all go Fury’s way, as he two was put on the canvas twice by Wilder during a thrilling heavyweight showdown
But Fury struck the first blow in that sense, sending Wilder down to draw first blood in the eagerly-anticipated contest
And he stuck to his word – although taking longer than the three rounds he said he would – to knockout the American
Fury immediately went over to celebrate a victory in the trilogy after knocking Wilder down in the eleventh round
That led Fury to fight from memory in the fifth and he appeared to be holding on somewhat as the crowd inside the T-Mobile Arena roared for Wilder. But somewhat incredibly, Fury came again in the sixth and had Wilder reeling once more as his right punches began to become increasingly rash and desperate.
A street brawl erupted in the seventh but it was once more Fury who was on top. Both men however were feeling the effect of their strenuous exertions at times, yet it was Fury who again came close to winning the fight.
The eighth saw Wilder take more heavy punishment and he was almost down following another strong showing from Fury, but he somehow rallied at end before receiving attention from the doctor back in his corner.
Wilder insisted he wanted to carry on just before the start of the ninth but his fortunes did not change, as he promptly was on the end of a mauling again. Yet both men were showing a stupendous effort and the Bronze Bomber still managed to rock his man at end but still appeared to lose the round.
Wilder hit the canvas again from a right punch from Fury, but Wilder seemed to rescue something in the final 10 seconds of the round with quickfire hits to ensure it was the Gypsy King who was saved by the bell.
But ultimately it was Wilder’s challenge that would come to a definitive and sudden halt, delivering the final blow in the 11th to bring this chapter of his heavyweight boxing career to a close.
Fury was in a relaxed and jovial mood after retaining his WBC belt, but accused Wilder of showing a lack of respect
Fury even afforded himself to have a sing along with the fans inside the T-Mobile Arena following his stunning victory
Fury declared himself as the best heavyweight boxer in the world after beating the Bronze Bomber in Las Vegas again
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