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Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder: The Greatest Trilogy of All Time

Tyson Fury stands over Deontay Wilder after knocking him down in their third bout. Photo credit: Getty Images

Forget the Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit… the great film trilogies of their time – there’s a boxing trilogy that outshines them all in terms of action, unpredictability and excitement, Fury vs. Wilder.

In the world of boxing, rivalries are nothing new – and they have always been a source of excitement for fans of the sport. These rivalries – as old as the sport itself,  capture the very essence of competition, courage and determination, which is what boxing is all about. There have been many to speak of, but among the more recent boxing rivalries, the trilogy between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder is the standout. This epic battle of heavyweights has left a real mark on the history of boxing.

The Rivalry Begins…

The rivalry between Fury and Wilder began back in 2018 – when they first went head-to-head for the WBC heavyweight title. However, this very first fight ended in a very controversial split draw – despite the fact that most people believed that Fury had done enough to take the win. It was this questionable result that ended up setting the stage for not one but two of the most eagerly awaited rematches in boxing.

The Trilogy Part 1: December 1, 2018

The first fight between the two took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. England’s Fury – with his unique boxing style, agility and massive 6’9″ frame, faced American Wilder, the knockout artist who boasted a very impressive 41-0 record and 40 knockouts. As expected, the match was a classic – boxing skills vs. raw power.

Fury was the epitome of resilience after surviving a brutal knockdown in the 12th round. But, defying the odds,  he managed to get up, brush it off and get to the end of the fight. The bout ended in a split draw – and both fighters earned a lot of respect.

Fury vs Wilder

The Trilogy Part 2: February 22, 2020

Part 2 of this historic trilogy took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.  Usually home to casino lovers, who have spent time practicing their skills on a selection of live casino sites before heading for the real deal in Vegas, this time The Strip was filled with the most avid sporting fans.

Fury came back with a very different strategy. He weighed in heavier – and used his size and physicality to take the fight to Wilder. He may have been heavy, but he moved like a much lighter man and it ended up being a masterclass in boxing… as fans watched in glee as Fury tore Wilder apart over seven rounds. In these seven rounds, he knocked Wilder down twice, ultimately securing a TKO when Wilder’s corner threw in the towel.

Fury certainly went out with something to prove – and the result was a testament to his adaptability and boxing IQ. Not only did he outbox Wilder, but he showed his overall physical dominance. This win granted Fury the WBC heavyweight champion  – and left fans of both fighters wanting more – begging for Part 3.

Tyson Fury with Frank Warren, Andy Lee and SugarHill Steward. Photo credit: Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions

The Trilogy Part 3: October 9, 2021

The third and final chapter of the Fury vs. Wilder trilogy was soon on the calendar, scheduled for October 9, 2021, at the T-Mobile Arena – a return to Sin City. The anticipation was palpable – with both fighters wanting to settle the score once and for all.

And it certainly lived up to its billing – being one of the most exciting bouts in recent years. Wilder, with his legendary punching power, spent the fight trying to land that deadly right hand – the key to his knockout reputation. Meanwhile, Fury stuck with his more unorthodox style – a mix of dodging, jabbing and feints.

The fight was a close one – and saw Wilder knock Fury down twice – in the fourth round and again in the tenth. Both times it looked as though Fury was down and out, but with resilience being his middle name, he kept getting back up. This was Fury at his best and most determined.

As the fight went on, Fury started to take the reins and control the bout… Wilder slowed down, tiring – and Fury kept on going. He started wearing down Wilder with his relentless, unforgiving pressure and spot-on punching. Then, in the eleventh round, that’s when it came. Fury managed to land a massive right hand that sent Wilder dropping to the canvas. He was never recovering from this and Wilder’s corner eventually threw in the towel. The fight was stopped – and Fury raised his hands aloft with another TKO victory  – thus cementing his status as the undisputed WBC heavyweight champion of the world.

The Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder trilogy will no doubt be remembered as one of the greatest, fiercest and most thrilling in the history of boxing. In each and every one of the three fights, the two fighters showcased the best of the sport… courage, determination, skill, resilience – and the human spirit at its strongest.

Aside from the actual boxing itself, many believe that one of the paramount factors that saw Fury beat Wilder, was actually what was conducted outside of the ring; the psychology.

The legacy of this great trilogy will no doubt endure for many years to come – and it may be some time before we see anything like it again.