Deontay Wilder Was ‘Fighting off Fumes’ Against Tyson Fury

Published 10/31/2021, 12:17 PM EDT
Boxing – Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder – WBC Heavyweight Title – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. – October 9, 2021 Tyson Fury in action against Deontay Wilder REUTERS/Steve Marcus


WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford has praised Deontay Wilder, who had taken on Tyson Fury in a trilogy fight on November 9. The fight immediately became one of the greatest heavyweight fights of all time and an instant classic. The heart shown by both fighters impressed the entire boxing world.

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Terence Crawford spoke about Wilder’s performance on the ‘Last Stand Podcast with Brian Custer’.

Deontay Wilder showed why he’s a warrior. Because he was hurt from the fourth round all the way to the 11th when they stopped it, and he was just fighting off fumes.”

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“You could tell that his balance wasn’t there. You could tell that he was just doing everything in his willpower just to stay afloat and win the fight. He had no giving up in him whatsoever and you gotta respect that from a guy that’s getting punched on by a heavier man in the heavyweight division,” Crawford said.

The heavyweight fight of the decade saw each fighter hit the canvas at least two times. ‘The Gypsy King’ landed the first blow, knocking Wilder down in the third round. Wilder came back strong in the very next round, knocking Fury down twice. At this point, the entire arena thought the fight was over. However, Fury survived the round and came back late in the fight to secure a knockout victory in the 11th round.

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Canelo Alvarez reveals why Deontay Wilder lost to Fury

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, the pound-for-pound king revealed why ‘The Bronze Bomber’ lost to Tyson Fury.

“I think Wilder needs more condition, more moves. He doesn’t know how to move the head. It is difficult when you don’t have that condition and you don’t know how to move.”

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“That is why Tyson Fury beat him. Tyson Fury is a great fighter,” Canelo said on the ‘Last Stand Podcast with Brian Custer’.

Wilder will now undergo surgery on his right hand for an injury he sustained during his fight. After he recovers from the surgery, he will likely resume training and look to make a comeback to the ring.

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Loyola College, Allan fuses his love for literature and the sport of boxing to deliver quality copies about 'The Sweet Science.' Allan is a semi-professional soccer player for Diego Juniors FC.

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