Fury-Wilder III delivered a classic as Tyson Fury claimed a huge victory over Deontay Wilder after recording an impressive 11th round knockout at the Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Fury-Wilder III was greatly anticipated after the first two instalments of the fight delivered epic performances, with the first ending in a draw in 2018 and the second ending with a seventh-round knockout victory for the Gypsy King, Tyson Fury.
Coming into the third fight, Fury was the favourite to pick up a second win over his American adversary, with the 33-year-old Brit publicly stating that he was going to knock Wilder out in a gruesome manner before acknowledging his 35-year-old opponent as the second-best fighter in the heavyweight division.
With the WBC heavyweight title on the line, both fighters went toe-to-toe from the first bell of the first round, with Wilder looking the sharper of both men as he landed a couple of shots to the body of Fury, who only managed to land a clean shot at the end of the first round.
The second round was relatively evenly matched as Fury came out on the offensive, but Wilder did just enough to hold him off.
The night’s first knockdown came in the third round from the glove of Fury. The Gypsy King threw a big right hand that hit Wilder flush in the head to send the Bronze bomber to the canvas amid cheers from the crowd.
Wilder returned the favour in the fourth round as he dug deep and showed his devastating punching power to send Fury to the canvas twice despite having been on the ropes moments earlier to put himself back in contention.
The fifth round marked the beginning of complete dominance by Fury as Wilder looked to have used all he had in his tank in hitting Fury in the fourth round. Fury continued to dominate well into the sixth round, and Wilder was forced to begin to throw desperation punches which Fury could see and evade easily.
Fury looked to end the fight in the seventh round as he did in their last meeting as he attacked Wilder from the onset. He had Wilder holding on for dear life as the bell went for the end of the round. Fury sent Wilder to the canvas once more in the tenth round after dominating the preceding rounds as the American looked to be living on borrowed time.
Fury finally got his win after a brilliant combination in the 11th round saw him floor Wilder for the final time. A big right hook from the Gypsy King connected cleanly with Wilder’s jaw before a left hand connected with his body and another right hand landed flush on the side of his head, sending him to the floor and ending the fight.
Fury-Wilder III delivered an epic heavyweight clash for the ages, with Wilder starting brilliantly but getting burnt out quite early against Fury’s A-game. The Briton’s superior technique, movement and coordination was too much for the Bronze Bomber to handle in the fight.
Fury’s victory in the greatly anticipated Fury-Wilder III match after the earlier postponement has kept his undefeated professional record intact, and has undoubtedly ended his rivalry with Wilder. He will now look to become the first man to unify all the heavyweight titles, with one of Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua his opponent after both men agreed on a rematch.