A packed crowd witnessed Tyson Fury retain his WBC World heavyweight title despite being knocked down twice. However, the “Gypsy King” is a man who will always get back up. Both in his life and in the ring, he’s shown that no matter what knocks he takes, he doesn’t give up! It’s this fighter spirit that make him a true champion and loved by so many.
The heavy-hitting Wilder also got up from several knockdowns, but in the end the superior conditioning of Fury started to show as Wilder looked very tired and the final knockout blow was too much for him.
After being dominated from the start of their second fight last year, Wilder clearly had more of a plan and started the fight looking cleaner and more aggressive this time around. Utilising sharp jabs to the body and looking for big overhand rights upstairs. Fury maintained his calm and did what he does best, use his boxing finesse to avoid the shots.
The third round saw Fury land a beautiful right-hand to the ear of Wilder taking him to the canvas. Wilder survived the remainder of the round.
Wilder turned the fight around in the forth, dropping Fury twice and now the war was on. The middle rounds saw Wilder grow more tired and Fury retain his composure, out scoring the American. Wilder’s power seemed to be draining and his shots seemed to do less damage.
Finally in the tenth round Fury dropped Wilder again and although Wilder came back with a flurry of shots, he was knocked out in the eleventh round and the fight was over.
In the post-fight interview Fury said: “Like the great John Wayne said ‘I am made from pig iron and steel baby!'”
Overall it was another historic fight between these two great heavyweights. The question now is, who will step up as Fury’s next challenger?