By Mark Elezaj
Las Vegas – In their highly anticipated third fight, the WBC World Heavyweight champion Tyson “The Gypsy King’ Fury knocked out former WBC World champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder in the eleventh round at the T-Mobile Arena.
There were five total knockdowns in the fight, with Fury dropping Wilder in the third, Wilder dropping Fury twice in the fourth, Fury returning the favor in the 10th and Fury stopping the “Bronze Bomber” in the 11th to put an end to their epic and historic rivalry.
Fury was ahead on all three scorecards, 95-91, 95-92, 94-92, at the time of the stoppage.
The Fighting Voice had it 95-92 for Fury at the time of the stoppage as well.
It was all Wilder in the first round, coming out aggressive and pushing the action h to until Fury landed a right hand on the side of Wilder’s neck in the final seconds of the round.
In the second round, Fury connected with a right hand to Wilder’s body followed by a left hook that backed Wilder into the ropes, causing him to clinch. Wilder continued to go after Fury’s body, but Fury tied up Wilder stopping any big offense.
In the third round Wilder landed a huge right hand on Fury that made him clinch, trying to stop the attack of Wilder. Fury was able to withstand Wilder’s punches and landed a jab that staggered Wilder and dropped him with a right hand to the side of his head followed by a short right-left combination. Wilder answered Mora’s 8- count in time, but Fury jumped on him, looking to to finish him early.
In the fourth round Wilder landed a huge right hand on Fury, causing the champion to collapse to the canvas. He recovered to his feet but was soon dropped again, just surviving the bell as he got up off of the canvas for a second time.
Fury began the fifth by landing some hard lefts as Wilder started to appear fatigued.
In round six, both men started to show signs of being tired. Fury landed right hand on Wilder forcing him to hold on, but later in the round Wilder began to land his shots on Fury, who shook his head at Wilder and responded with punches of his own.
In the seventh, with a minute left, Fury landed a right on Wilder’s chin, hurting the former champ. Wilder responded with rights of his own, only to be countered by Fury.
In the eighth, Fury landed a big right hand on an exhausted Wilder.
Before the start of the ninth round, A ringside physician asked Wilder several questions before allowing him to walk to continue on.
In the ninth, Wilder nailed Fury with a right hand with just over two minutes to go in the round. Wilder continued to throw several punches and appeared to slow down Fury with a right uppercut while they were tied up.
In the tenth round, Fury hurt Wilder with a right on the chin. Fury, who continued to push the action, landed a right to the side of Wilder’s head that sent Wilder to the canvas with about 1:20 to go in the 10th round. Wilder was able to get back up to his feet again and with twenty seconds left in the round, it was Wilder that was hurting Fury with his right hand until the bell sounded.
Round 11, Fury landed a right hook that ended the fight. Wilder collapsed to the canvas and the fight was waved off.
According to CompuBox statistics, Fury landed 150 of 385 punches and Wilder connected with 72 of 355 punches.
“Well, like the great John Wayne said, I’m made of pig iron and steel, baby,” Fury told ESPN’s Bernardo Osuna after his victory.
“First of all, I’d just like to say thank you to my lord and savior, Jesus Christ. He made me legs strong. I was down a couple of times. I was hurt. Wilder’s a strong puncher and he’s a tough man. I was hitting him with some big shots, and my lord and savior rose me to my feet tonight to give him the glory.”
“You know, it was a great fight tonight,” Fury said. “It was worthy of any trilogy in the history of the sport. You know, I’m not gonna make any excuses. Wilder’s a tough fighter. He gave me a real run for me money tonight. And I always said I’m the best in the world, and he’s the second-best.
“You know, he’s got no love for me, Deontay Wilder. Because you know why? Because I beat him three times. And it’s like, I’m a sportsman. I went over to show him support and respect, and he didn’t wanna give it back. So, that’s his problem. I’ll pray for him, so God will soften his heart.”
“Don’t ever doubt me. When the chips are down I can always deliver.”
“I want to say if it wasn’t for Sugar, America’s and Detroit’s own, I wouldn’t have gotten through that fight tonight,” Fury said of his trainer. “I wouldn’t have got through that fight tonight. He said, ‘Get your jab working, big guy, and throw that right hand down the middle. That’s how the big dogs do it.”
Wilder didn’t speak before he left the ring.
“I have never, ever seen a heavyweight fight like this,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum, “Two tremendous warriors.”
The third fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder was truly an unforgettable one. Both warriors left it all in the ring in what will go down as one of the all-time epic heavyweight championship fights.
~ The Fighting Voice ~