Tyson Fury came to the throne and left as the king after a devastating show to defeat Deontay Wilder
Tyson Fury told us that he would destroy the most devastating puncher of all with a performance that the world would talk about for 50 years. Make that 100.
The Gypsy King reigns and, if his enormous heart desires and his ambition continues to burn, he can unquestionably rule as the heavyweight supreme for years to come and his name will resonate over the centuries as fighting men gather to talk about legends and monsters of the ring .
The opponent that he has pulped here would be extremely unwise to risk his life by activating the loser’s contractual right to a third fight. This trilogy can end with an eulogy.
Tyson Fury delivered a master class and floored Deontay Wilder in round five to win the fight
The 31-year-old produced perhaps the best performance of a British hunter abroad
Wilder’s handlers spoke bravely for him from their seats while he was in the hospital recovering from this beating. He has 30 days to contradict them and must use the time well.
There is inevitably anger fighting Anthony Joshua to give heavyweight boxing the undisputed world champion who needs it, but it is by no means certain that his fellow Brit will enjoy following Wilder in these paws of destruction. The connections of AJ are perhaps even less enthusiastic about jeopardizing their generous meal menu.
Fury told us that he would reconfigure the world of boxing, and now his rule extends far beyond this battle capital of the world. It extends across the spectrum of the most difficult, oldest game that he will certainly be praised as the pound-for-pound ruler of boxing. All 273 pounds from him.
The Gypsy King made a spectacular ring entrance on a golden throne before the game
In his crown and robes he was brought to the MGM Grand Garden Arena on a golden throne. From there he ascended to the pantheon of greatness and the legendary American promoter Bob Arum was inspired to speak about him in not only the same breath but also in a parallel context with Muhammad Ali.
Time will tell but suddenly it doesn’t feel like a heresy. From this moment on he is above argument as the highest heavyweight of his time.
He has completed his full set of all glittering prizes by adding Wilder’s long-defended WBC title and Ring Magazine belt to the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO championships he held after defeating Wladimir Klitschko. All next to the linear title that already belonged to him.
Fury has a complete set after winning Wladimir Klitschko WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts in 2015
He has done this with the greatest achievement of a British boxer abroad. Sorry Lennox Lewis and Lloyd Honeyghan, your heir has arrived, with a nuclear bang.
But it goes even further. He is now one of the most amazing sporting comebacks of all time. Three years after his blindness to Klitschko, he delved into the depths of the chronic depression that had haunted him all his life. In drug use, obesity and laziness.
Now he is not only the ruler of the sport he is researching, but also a champion for mental health. This is not just redemption. This is resurrection. If it was a miracle that he rose after he was knocked unconscious by Wilder in their first drawn fight, then this is a second coming of almost biblical proportions. It is not only made from his God-given talent, but from decisions that have come from genius.
For this fight, Fury made the crucial decision to give up his trainer Ben Davison
In just eight weeks, Fury transformed himself from the skinny hunter who defeated Otto Wallin
Fury told us that releasing his savior from a trainer Ben Davison to change the then elusive, defensive direction of his boxing was the best decision of his life.
Amazing justification came with the implementation of the old Detroit Kronk gym methods for knockouts, designed by the late, great Manny Steward and inherited by his cousin Javan SugarHill to hire Fury.
Suddenly he transformed himself in eight weeks from dancing and avoiding to pressures and knocks. He closed the space that Wilder needed to launch that 41 knockout right hand in 43 earlier fights, while belaboured the American with blows boosted by the extra nicks that he intentionally achieved.
Not back to fat. Back to the future ‘on my best fighting weight’. Back to such an evil goal that he won all six rounds for the closing seventh, two of them including brutal knockdowns.
He was deducted one point for hitting the break, but as he said, “Never again did I let the judges go.”
Wilder rested on the ropes when he showed signs of physical exhaustion during the fight
The British hunter dominated his rival during the fight to win an emphatic victory
Wilder, who was unbeaten so far, was an effectively beaten man at the end of the first round, after being left to retire and to bathe in a fog.
So the rounds and knockdowns went to seventh, when Fury Wilder relentlessly hit the ropes until referee Kenny Bayless intervened the moment his corner threw in the towel.
“I wish they had let me go on my shield,” Wilder said.
“They did,” Fury said. “He took all the big shots with real courage.”
Fury takes a moment to hug the defeated Wilder in the aftermath of his astonishing triumph
The Tuscaloosa man was hit hard but insisted that he didn’t want his corner to throw in a towel
The gypsy king mocked the man from Tuscaloosa, Alabama softly by choosing the melody for his usual victory singing along in the ring with the British and fellow travelers who formed an anniversary three-quarters of the sold-out 16,000 crowd while singing: Bye, Goodbye Miss American Pie .
There was no serious glory, but Fury referred to Wilder’s interrogation of his clout by saying, “Not bad, uh, for a hunter who is supposed to have fists for fists.”
Then he left in one of his suits with postcards to party all night in Hakkasan. Only the hottest night spot on the Strip for the hottest home in boxing.
The gypsy king had told us that this would be the case. For heaven’s sake we should have listened.
From now on I promise, as one of the many who predicted that this would be a bridge too far, to believe every word from him.