Written by Adam McGroarty (@AdamMcGroarty1)
After a controversial draw in 2018, Tyson Fury overcame Deontay Wilder at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas after a seventh round stoppage.
After changing his trainer to SugarHill Steward, Fury took centre-ring from the first bell. The newly-found power of ‘The Gyspy King’ rocked Wilder in the early stages, before claiming a first knockdown in the third round.
This caused the ear of Wilder to bleed, an injury which ‘The Bronze Bomber’ never recovered from.
Just seconds later, Fury had Wilder on the canvas yet again – but referee, Kenny Bayless, waved away any suggestion of a second knockdown. Two of the three American judges had the Englishman 3-0 up on the scorecards at this stage.
After another knockdown was given in favour of Fury in round five, the fight was eventually halted in round seven after Wilder’s team threw in the towel. Overall, two of the three judges had Fury winning every round of the fight.
He never had a chance tonight
Speaking after becoming WBC Heavyweight Champion, Fury said: “The king has returned.
“I had to overcome a lot to win this fight. I thought if he couldn’t beat me when I was only 50%, then he never had a chance tonight.
“It was a big decision to leave Ben [Davison], but I believed in SugarHill and I believed in the style that he teaches.”
The impact of the Kronk style
However, it was Fury’s new trainer who hinted at a possible retirement post-fight. He said: “I’m thinking about retiring after this fight. I can go home and train amateurs, bring up some more champions, it’s a great way to bow out.”
SugarHill, nephew of Emanuel Steward – one of boxing’s greatest trainers, is looking to continue the legacy and reputation of Kronk Gym, a place where Fury initially trained many years ago.
Fury’s amicable split from Davison was questioned, but the distinct powerful attributes of fighters like Klitschko that historically have been neutered at the Kronk Gym made this, in hindsight, a vital step towards victory from Fury.
The plan was to occupy the centre of the ring and to take the fight to Wilder, a bold move which runs a huge risk of being left exposed and subsequently caught with counter-punches.
This was executed to perfection, with a blend of Fury’s movement and his revamped power etching another night for ‘The Gypsy King’ into the history books.
There is a clause in the contract with an option to trigger a trilogy fight, which Wilder’s team now have 30 days to respond to.
The Bronze Bomber received stitches for the cut inside his ear, but it is understood the force has not impacted his hearing.