Fury vs Wilder 3, The Morning After: A modern Heavyweight boxing classic
It’s a strange feeling to wake up this morning, think about the great heavyweight boxing main event of all time that was Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder 3, and then remember that most of us expected a different match. After all, this only happened because of the stipulations of the contract.
That’s not to say that interest was low prior to this trilogy match; this was still one of the biggest boxing matches of the year, even before the roof of the T-Mobile Arena was blown off. Still, after Fury heavily locked up Wilder over the course of the first two fights, the precedent seemed to have been set and everyone thought they had an idea on what to expect.
It was impossible to predict precisely how last night’s trilogy match would play out, because the two athletes so often switched shape to the right. Whether you expected Tyson Fury to box brilliantly, throw his weight into the clinch, or trade power shots and relied on his size to keep him safe against the legendary puncher, well … you were right at various points in the fight.
Can anyone honestly say that they expected Fury’s approach to be so radically different from turn to turn? It took Fury at least five rounds to really get into his usually stellar head movement rhythm. At first, he didn’t have a reading on Wilder’s right hand, and that’s usually a death sentence.
Fury survived massive exchanges with his right hand, presumably a trade he was looking to avoid? – On numerous occasions.
As for Wilder, it was easy to make jokes beforehand about the costumed excuses from the rematch. However, it was very clear that “The Bronze Bomber” intended to emerge victorious from this fight. He arrived prepared to take down Fury, armed with a strategy and the iron mentality necessary to become a champion once again.
Wilder’s will to win is ultimately what made the fight so great. Starting near the end of the first round, Fury’s right hand didn’t miss that often. He crashed forward, throwing his full weight behind the shot, happy to land on the clinch, and the right hand kept landing. Often it was a blow from the stick, landing on the temple or the side of the head.
Those shots were baseballs. They each took a bit of stability from Wilder’s knees, and by all rights, he probably should have collapsed somewhere several rounds earlier. Instead, he recovered from a knockdown in the third round to put Fury on the mat twice just minutes later!
That wasn’t Wilder’s last hurray either. From the sixth round to the end, Wilder took a beating, stood on shaky legs and was pushed against the ropes. He was stunned and exhausted, but still found moments to unleash monstrous right hands.
The best example of Wilder’s determination came in the 10th round. The former champion was exhausted and had already been eliminated, but still finished the round by firing an extended combination, landing big shots that clearly hurt Fury a bit. The fight didn’t last much longer in the eleventh frame, but Wilder remained dangerous and determined until the very end.
Boxing doesn’t improve much.
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