The epic saga between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury ended with the latter emerging victorious and defending his WBC title; remaining undefeated in the process as well.
After three fights featuring nine combined knockdowns and a wealth of unforgettable moments, Tyson Fury finally ended his epic heavyweight rivalry with Deontay Wilder with one last valedictory punch.
Fury got up from the canvas twice in the fourth round and eventually stopped Wilder with a devastating right hand in the 11th round, retaining his WBC title Saturday night in the thrilling conclusion to a superlative boxing trilogy.
Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) finished Wilder for the second straight time in their three bouts, but only after a back-and-forth event featuring five combined knockdowns and several apparent moments of imminent defeat for both men. Wilder ultimately ended up facedown on the canvas at 1:10 of the 11th round after a chopping right hook fired from high in the air by the 6-foot-9 Fury.
It was the end of what was a grueling back-and-forth battle in the early going as Fury scored the first knockdown of the fight in Round 3, only to be dropped twice himself in Round 4. It was the first time in Fury’s 32-fight pro career that he’d ever been knocked down twice in a round.
After the fight, Fury was asked how he survived the early trouble.
“Like the great John Wayne said, ‘I’m made of pig steel and iron,’ baby,” Fury answered.
He also gave credit to Wilder, though he made sure to remind everyone that there is only one true heavyweight king.
“It was a great fight tonight, it’s worthy of any trilogy in the history of the sport,” Fury said. “I’m not gonna make any excuses, Wilder’s a tough fighter, he gave me a run for my money tonight. I always said I’m the best in the world and he’s the second best.”