Tyson Fury defeated Deontay Wilder in their third and final match of the trilogy, defending the WBC belt. The Brit earned a victory via 11th round TKO, clearing his way towards the unifying title match sometime in the future.
Last night’s match at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas saw five knockdowns and was one of the most entertaining heavyweight bouts recently. Wilder was on the ground three times and Fury twice.
The Brit opened the match better, had more clean shots, and was in control. He would drop Wilder in the third round, not allowing him to catch a break until that point.
However, things radically changed in the fourth sequence. Wilder hit the target, and Fury was on the mat. Moments later, the same happened, and suddenly it was the champion who was in trouble. The bell for the end of the round came in handy for him in this situation.
“He caught me twice in the fourth round, but I was never thinking, ‘Oh, this is over,'” Fury said following the match. “He shook me, put me down, but that’s boxing, and that’s life as well.”
After that, the Brit regained control, steady grinding and pressuring Wilder. As time went by, the American was becoming a punching bag for Fury, who was inflicting strong punches to his opponent, but on the other side, carefully avoided Wilder’s right hand.
It was the 11th round once this match ended. Fury’s right hand connected with Wilder’s head, and the American was on the ground. The referee in the ring had to step up this time and stop the match.
“I hit him with a solid, crunching right hook to the temple, and shots like that, they end careers. He definitely took some punishment, so we’ll see what he can do in the future.”
After the bout, Fury stated that he wanted to talk with Wilder, but the American declined to do so. The animosity between the two is massive, so this isn’t surprising.
🗣️ "I went over to shake his hand and say well done and he was like 'No, I don't respect you'."
Tyson Fury revealed the exchange of words after knocking out Deontay Wilder in the 11th round in Las Vegas to defend his WBC heavyweight title. pic.twitter.com/qoOUWYrra2
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) October 10, 2021
Wilder threw only 72 punches, compared to 150 Fury had. Overall, the Brit showed that he is a better fighter than his opponent, as he posted two wins and a draw in three matches against Wilder.
His next stop is already known – the unified heavyweight title. Fury will await the better from Usyk vs. Joshua rematch that is about to happen this spring.
After losing the first fight, Joshua yesterday exercised his rematch clause. He was in the right of doing so according to the contract, only now, Usyk will set other terms.
The bout between Joshua and Fury was already booked, but Wilder forced Fury to cancel that fight using legal measures, claiming that he had the advantage over other boxers.
After the cancellation, Joshua turned to Usyk, who was the WBO mandatory challenger at the time. It seems that the plan for the four-belt champion at the time was to fill in the gap before his fight with Fury. Eventually, things got complicated for AJ.
The boxing fans will have to wait some more until seeing the unification bout. When that happens, it will be the first one in the 21st century. The guy who was the last undisputed heavyweight champion was another Brit, Lennox Lewis.
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