Tyson Fury got off the floor twice to knock out Deontay Wilder in the 11th round of a sensational world heavyweight title showdown in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
‘The Gypsy King’ showed his fighting heart as well as his terrific ring savvy and ability as he recovered from two knockdowns in round four to dominate ‘The Bronze Bomber’ in their eagerly-awaited trilogy fight at T-Mobile Arena.
Fury himself had Wilder down three times as he bullied and battered the American to another defeat. Wilder showed terrific heart to somehow hang in there for long time despite appearing exhausted for a number of rounds. But in the end another chopping right in the penultimate session closed the show in style.
A thrilling trilogy fight
It was a wildly exciting win for Fury (now 31-0-1) after a 20-month wait for this fight, and he rises to 31-0-1 and retains his WBC, Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight titles. Wilder (42-2-1) meanwhile showed that right hand is still a fearsome weapon, just not one good enough to hand Fury his first professional defeat.
Fury did not come out with the same early aggression he had showed in that February 2020 rematch. Instead it was Wilder who held sway early with jabs and body shots to establish range and keep Fury off him. ‘The Gypsy King’ though did spring into life in the closing seconds of Round 1 with a lovely right hand to keep Wilder honest.
The second began as the first had ended – well for Fury with good success as he landed a nice combination. The reigning champion was content to box off the back foot and then counter when Wilder did snake out that powerful left jab. As the round wore on Fury was also holding regularly as he looked to sap the strength of Wilder. There was plenty of work for referee Russell Mora.
Wilder expended massive energy trying to get to Fury in the first two minutes of the third – winging away with big right hands that Fury either blocked, evaded or took the sting out of. And the Brit turned the tide massively in the closing stages of the session. He produced the first knockdown with a superb uppercut and Wilder beat the count only on very unsteady legs. Fury was going for the finish with Deontay out on his feet as the bell sounded.
Fury down twice
This astonishing fight swung again in the fourth, in the most incredible style as Fury hit the canvas not once but twice. Tyson was still on top in the early going and Deontay appeared to be unravelling. But when Fury showed just a hint of complacency Wilder managed to unleash that massive equalising overhand right to deck Tyson. The champion beat the count, but within seconds he was down again as Wilder again landed a big right. ‘The Gypsy King’ took longer to get up this time, but did make it to the bell. Now they were both hurt and the fight was well and truly on.
Fury has been taken out to deep waters many times in his career so far, and he somehow regrouped between rounds to take control again in the fifth. Wilder was still trying to land those bombs and seemed to be tired by the midway point as Fury once again landed counters and bullied the challenger on the inside.
The sixth was another good session for Fury as Wilder was now just throwing wild right hands in a bid to rekindle that success he enjoyed in the fourth. He appeared weary now and Fury, having weathered the storm, landed some good combinations and was happy to lean on ‘The Bronze Bomber’ when he could to further sap his strength.
‘Gypsy King’ dominant again
Fury’s dominance was complete in the seventh as he bullied and battered the challenger. Two massive right hands had Wilder on unsteady legs as he bordered on exhaustion late in the session. In contrast, Wilder’s desperate rights just didn’t have the pop which had put Tyson on the deck in the fourth.
Round eight ended with blood coming from Wilder’s mouth after another three minutes of Fury dominance. The only surprise was how the exhausted American managed to stay upright as he was again bullied on the inside and ate a string of big right hands.
Wilder showed great heart in the ninth, landing a big right in the early stages and an uppercut at the end. In between though Deontay again appeared out on his feet as Fury dominated with that bullying style, a stiff jab and sweet right hands.
Closing the show
We got more incredible action in the 10th as Fury again had Wilder on the canvas – ‘The Gypsy King’ slipped a Wilder right and landed a short right of his own on the counter to put the American down again. He rose on unsteady legs and somehow survived to the bell, even unloading with a flurry of his own as the round ended. The doctor looked at him between rounds, but allowed him to continue.
The end finally came in the 11th as Fury once again upped the pace, fighting brutally on the inside and following a series of uppercuts with another chopping right to send Wilder crashing to the canvas for a third time. This time there was no comeback as Mora waved it off almost immediately.
Fury vs Wilder 3 scorecards
Fury was ahead on all three scorecards at the time of the knockout. Despite all three judges correctly scoring that fourth round 10-7 for Wilder. The scorecards were as follows:
- Dave Moretti: 95-91 Fury
- Tim Cheatham: 94-92 Fury
- Steve Weisfeld: 95-92 Fury