Fight of the year and already one of the greatest in heavyweight history: Tyson Fury fell twice, but he knocked out Deontay Wilder three times, retaining his WBC heavyweight belt, by knockout at 11th round.
At the end of a daunting clash, which will go down in boxing annals, yet another Briton's right hook - there were so many that they were no longer counted at this stage - got the better of the American, that we felt more and more tested, with an insane courage to remain still standing in the ring of the T-Mobile Arena of Las Vegas.
"Never seen such a magnificent heavyweight fight"
Thus Fury, 33 years old and still undefeated in 32 fights (1 draw), once again dominated Wilder for their third clash in almost three years, after the draw that separated them in December 2018 and his resounding victory in February 2020, which allowed him to snatch the champion's belt.
"Like the great John Wayne said, I'm made of cast iron and steel, baby!"
I was knocked down twice, I was in pain.
Wilder is a big puncher.
And he's a tough man, whom I hit hard.
And my lord, my savior raised me this evening so that I give him glory ”, reacted hot the“ Gypsy King ”.
"It was a big fight tonight, worthy of the greatest trilogies in history," he added, promoter Bob Arum following suit: "in 57 years of work, I have never seen a heavyweight fight as magnificent as this one ”.
🥊 Relive the best moments of the exceptional fight between Fury and Wilder.
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Arrived in a centurion's costume, with a red crested helmet on the leader, the Mancunien was the first to really hurt, by placing, already, a right hook on the ear of his rival, then an uppercut on the left. that brought down Wilder.
Bis repetita of the previous fight, during which he made the difference on the same type of sequence before finishing after seven rounds?
Because, Wilder quickly found the resources to do what he does best, from the next recovery: place his lightning right.
Fury took it full head and it must have turned terribly inside because he ended up on the mat.
Then a second time, after a hook on the back of the neck which sent him forward, before being saved by the gong.
But the "Gypsy King", who had already fallen twice in 2018 and had risen each time, did it again before attacking with more vigor.
The following rounds, he dominated them by placing his combinations left right, and Wilder seemed more and more exhausted, even if he never refused blow for blow.
Unification against Usyk?
In the 10th round, Fury returned Wilder to the ground, again from his right hook.
With the energy of desperation, Wilder retaliated and rocked the Briton, who said to him with the glove hitting his own head "go on, hit again!"
A "Rocky" fight, but better and for real!
It was finally in this 11th round that he finished the job, Wilder's terrible fall face down leaving no room for doubt.
Although never having been so heavy in a ring (125.6 kg, or 17.7 kg heavier than Wilder), instilling doubt about his form the day before during the weigh-in, Fury flaunted a boxing rudely effective and of a solidity foolproof.
Because the lesson of what has been seen in the ring is that his preparation, weighed down by the Covid-19 he contracted this summer, resulting in a postponement of the fight, will have been solely focused on power, in the service of a technique that we already knew superior to that of the American.
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Strategy pays off, under the eyes of former NBA stars Magic Johnson and Shaquille O'Neal.
All in front of 15,820 spectators in "Fury", despite the notable absence of the usual strong British colony, deprived of travel because the United States will not reopen its borders to travelers vaccinated against Covid-19 until the beginning of November.
Fury, who refused to project, can now look to a potential unification of the titles against Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk, who created a huge surprise last month by beating by unanimous decision Anthony Joshua, to seize the belts WBA, WBO and IBF.
For Wilder, 35 (2 losses, 42 wins, 1 draw), this new failure must be terribly hard to take, as he gave everything he had.
So much so that the question of his future as a professional boxer arises.
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