Both fighters just didn't know when to give in. It was one of the best fights I have seen since the Nigel Ben/Eubanks era.I'm quite happy to lose. It was a good bet that almost paid off.
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Many years ago I was working with a big guy who told me about his time in the army. He was a military policeman. He told me about reaching the final of the army boxing tournament. Being a military pc he was hated and had a reputation that was not good. Often dealing with drunk squaddie's fighting in town centers etc in brutal fashion.Wow oh wow. I am a big big boxing fan, have been since the days of McGuigan beating Pedroza and staying up late listening to Bruno putting up a valiant effort to Witherspoon on the radio as a kid.
I had the privilege of watching live on BT Sports Box Office Fury vs Wilder at 5am yesterday morning. Will post my thoughts etc later when morning school run etc out of the way. But I will say, that has to go down as the best heavyweight fight I have seen in my near 50 year life time bar none!
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Love your passion for the sport. I am a big fan of heavyweight boxing as well - Admittedly, not on your level though.Ok so here goes for what it is worth. Fury looked like a man possessed upon entering the ring and what was clear was that Wilder would not look at him, whilst Fury had his eyes locked unto him as soon as he crossed the top rope. While Jimmy Lennon Jnr was doing the intros, Fury could be lip read calling Wilder a Dosser and other words not suitable to be repeated here.
Wilder started well, jabbing to the body in the first round, with the clear intent to get Fury to lower his guard leaving a target for Wilder to unleash his dangerous right hand. It took Fury one and a half rounds to work Wilder's new tactic out, hitting him with a combination at the end of the first that shook Wilder somewhat though.
Mike Tyson's saying that a gameplan goes out of the window when you are punched in the face also rang true, with Wilder slowly but surely forgetting to box behind the jab in the second round which had edged him the first.
By the third, Fury started to unload and caught Wilder flush in the last minute, it was at this point I woke my wife up and caused the dog to go into a barking frenzy LOL
Then the fourth round all hell broke loose. Wilder hit Fury right down the pipe through his guard, causing his body to wobble right down to his boots, subsequently flooring him in the process. Fury got up and with 15 seconds remaining got floored again, managing to get up as the bell for the end of the round rang.
From the fifth amazingly Fury took the fight to Wilder and whilst up to the final knockout in the 11th, Wilder looked more and more a spent force, you just knew he had it in him to floor Fury if his right hand connected again.
Even when Fury knocked Wilder down in the 10th, Wilder still managed to buzz Fury at the end of the round. Though the 11th saw Fury conclusively knock out Wilder, a right hand again doing the damage, which was proceeded by hooks and a solid uppercut.
This fight literally had me on the edge of my seat throughout. Indeed, it surpassed the tragic Benn vs McLennan fight of 95 IMO, which up until this point was the most explosive exciting contest I have ever watched.
I have watched it back a few times now and it actually gets better with each viewing. What played out on Saturday night / early hours of Sunday morning, will not be matched for a long long time. Fury has proven himself to be head and shoulders above everyone in the Heavyweight division, which is also the strongest it has been since the mid to late 90's IMO.
Usyk is a great boxer and seems like a really decent guy. The Ukrainian's don't seem to go in for showboating and trash talking too much. They show respect and get on with it.I can't help but conclude joshua and fury have been dodging each other, they've had 4 years to determine who is the better champion. Fury has now got to fight another mandatory challenger, if joshua beats usyk there will probably be a rematch written in, maybe just maybe late 2022 they might meet. Usyk is the best boxer imo but he's giving 3 or 4 stones away and lots of reach advantage, can't see how long he can keep that up, every fight going to the distance.