Tyson Fury and Deontay finally delivered what fight fans have been waiting for, for years. A back and forth slugfest among two of the absolute premier heavyweights who are still near their prime. The first fight was a chess match with occasional combustion. The second fight was a one-sided beat down. The third fight was perhaps the best heavyweight title fight since Holyfield-Bowe 1, Ali-Frazier 3 perhaps? It was that good! It featured five knockdowns and saw a level of guts and determination that will never be forgotten. In the end, it was Tyson Fury who closed the trilogy 2-0-1 (really 3-0 in the eyes of most) in knockout fashion moving his record to 31-0-1 (22). defending his WBC belt, or any of his belts for the first time and captures our Fighter of the Week award. Something he has down in all three of his Wilder fights.
Wilder would have to do something far different in the trilogy than he did in the rematch. He came out firing a jab that was largely missing in the second fight. However, Fury seemed to figure it out late in the first round and landed a thudding right hand that stunned Wilder. Fury kept the momentum going landing solid shots in the second and then again dropping the American in the third. Wilder came roaring back in the fourth hurting Fury with a straight right and dropping him twice in the round. Fury looked out of it and to be saved by the bell. After a fairly even fifth that Fury survived. It was Wilder whose legs seemed to be going and Fury again Seized control of the fight. Closing the distance and pummeling Wilder. Dropping the former champ in the 10th and running on fumes, Wilder was not going to go down quietly as he fired back fiercely to close the 10th. However, it was short-lived as a massive right hand that dropped Wilder like a ton of bricks, and this time for good. Russell Mora waved off the count, giving Fury his first-ever title defense and putting an exclamation point on the trilogy.
It’s no longer, AJ-Wilder or Fury-AJ, those are no longer the mega fights that fans should demand and will determine the “baddest man on the planet” that is no Fury-Usyk. It’s the only fight in the heavyweight division that matters. The undefeated lineal champ versus the undefeated unified champ. Two legitimate world champions both undefeated and both in their primes. It’s the next logical step, it’s the only step! So, we in the boxing community know, we almost certainly won’t get it next. What will we get from Fury next? If Eddie Hearn has his way, it will be Dillian Whyte. Whyte will likely dismantle Otto Wallin and become the mandatory for Fury’s WBC belt. It will be a fine appetizer to set up the real main event and hopefully, we get that main event in the second half of 2022, and Fury and Usyk meet up for all of the.