From Tyson Fury’s defeat of Wladimir Klitschko to Alan Minter overcoming Vito Antuofermo, the top five British fighters abroad
- Tyson Fury may have produced the best screen of a British hunter abroad
- The 31-year-old struck Deontay Wilder twice in the seventh round stoppage
- People like Alan Minter and Nigel Benn have also caused overseas shocks
- JEFF POWELL from Sportsmail ranks the best of the displays of British hunters
In his seventh round cessation of reigning WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury delivered a view that will go down as arguably the largest by a British hunter on foreign soil.
Among those in the conversation are Alan Minter’s points about Vito Antuofermo in 1980, as well as Fury’s defeat of Wladimir Klitschko who initially brought him to global attention.
JEFF POWELL from Sportsmail gives his vision on the best overseas performance of British hunters over the years.
The defeat of Tyson Fury of Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas is really a great overseas achievement
1 FURY v WILDER II (2020)
The gypsy king told everyone that he would go to Las Vegas and beat one of the biggest punchers in the heavyweight history. Few people outside of his team believed him. Many assumed that such tactics would be suicide.
How wrong were they? In an amazing display, Fury completed one of the biggest comebacks in boxing history, beating Wilder from the start.
The British hunter went and did what no one thought was possible by avoiding Wilder
2 ALAN MINTER v VITO ANTUOFERMO (1980)
In his first world title fight, Crawley’s Minter went to one of the boxers – Caesars Palace in Las Vegas – to win the WBC and WBA world middleweight crowns.
Antuofermo had aligned with Marvin Hagler the year before, but Minter stood up from a 14th round knockout to achieve a controversial victory with shared decision, in part thanks to a crooked score from British judge Roland Dakin.
Alan Minter (L) beat Vito Antuofermo on points in Las Vegas for a famous win
3 FURY v WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO (2015)
Fury ended the nine-year reign of the Ukrainian after a messy but masterful fight in Düsseldorf. With battered old boots given to him by Manny Steward – uncle of current coach Javan “SugarHill” Steward and a former mentor from Klitschko – the Brit outboxed the champion to win a unanimous decision.
Fury became the fifth heavyweight world champion in Great Britain.
Fury traveled to Germany to deliver a shock in beating nine-year-old champion Wladimir Klitschko
4 LLOYD HONEYGHAN v DONALD CURRY (1986)
Honeyghan was so sure he would disrupt the undisputed welterweight champion that he set $ 5,000 on himself to win.
The odds of 5-1 reflected how unknown the challenger was in boxing circles. Both were undefeated but Curry was considered one of the best on the planet. Honeyghan made a mockery of predictions before the fight, which dominated Curry, who failed to come out for the seventh round.
Despite being heavily unancipated, Lloyd Honeyghan (L) defeated Donald Curry in New Jersey
5 NIGEL BENN v DOUG DeWITT (1990)
The Dark Destroyer traveled to Atlantic City, New Jersey, to face WBO middleweight champion DeWitt.
The British boxer, in his first world title fight, was dropped in the second round. But Benn collected brilliantly, DeWitt floors in the third session and three more times in the eighth.
Benn fell to his knees after the referee had sent it away before being harassed by his team after a sensational interruption of the win.
Nigel Benn fought back from an early knockdown to defeat Doug DeWitt in Atlantic City