In the most gruelling test of his unbeaten career, Tyson Fury rose from the canvas two times in a disastrous Round four to co-author one of the most interesting heavyweight title bouts in boxing history.
In the third and very last bout of their memorable trilogy, Fury shook off the early harm to drop Deontay Wilder two times earlier than before him by the violent knockout punch in Round eleven to shield his WBC and lineal titles interior T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs), who led on all 3 scorecards (95-91, 94-92, 95-92) at the time of the stoppage, was forced to conquer a nearly inhumane amount of resiliency shown by Wilder (42-2-1, forty-one KOs) in the first combat for both since Fury’s TKO win in their 2020 rematch.
Wilder, 35, rebounded from being dropped in Round three to surge ahead of the subsequent round with easy right hands and a competitive fashion built off of a focus on the body. But Fury used his almost 40-pound weight advantage, along with 2 inches in both height and reach, to slowly put on Wilder down by well retaining and leaning on him in opposition to the ropes.
The more Fury closed the space and avoided Wilder from extending his long arms to provide strength, the more achievement he had by mauling on the inside and making things continuously tough for referee Russell Mora to split the two.
Suddenly, a fatigued Wilder seemed endlessly on the verge of being stopped. His wonderful will to keep fighting in some way saved him on his toes and Wilder flurried at key instances just sufficient to hold Fury honest.
Mora requested the ringside doctor to take a look at Wilder before Round 9. Then, in Round 10, Fury dropped the 6-foot-7 slugger for the second time whilst he stuck him off-balanced with a short right hand.
True to the script, however, Wilder got back to his feet and closed Round 10 with a big flurry that in short wobbled Fury. But the comeback was quick-lived. Fury entered the championship rounds on the offensive and cornered Wilder with ease.
A big right hand early in Round eleven shook Wilder in opposition to the ropes. A two-punch combo followed, completing with a brief and brutal right hand that send Wilder down for the third time and appeared to briefly knock him out cold.
Mora jumped in at 1:10 to prevent the combat without a count only as Wilder started to stir and attempt to rise once more.
Fury out-landed Wilder by a margin of 150 to 72, according to CompuBox. He additionally held a 36 to 9 edge in jabs.
After the combat, a weary Wilder sat in his corner at the stool with blood flowing from his left ear. Fury tried to congratulate his wounded foe following a usually combative promotional build that noticed the promoter refuse to permit them to face off during combat week.
Both fighters told before the bout that the third combat would be the last in their rivalry. Fury settled for a disputed draw in their 2018 first meeting before scoring consecutive knockouts.