Tyson Fury Reflects on Second Deontay Wilder Fight: “The Referee Actually Saved His Life”

Published 09/28/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Tyson Fury knocks down Deontay Wilder in the fifth round during their Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Tyson Fury, the modern heavyweight great, has had many notable performances inside the boxing ring. But one fight that stands tall across all his bouts was his second meet with Deontay Wilder in February 2020. In this bout, Fury went all guns blazing against Wilder.

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As promised, he only moved ahead with his scathing approach and smothered the Alabama native, who had no answers. That said, Wilder went down on the canvas multiple times. Following several knockdowns, as his corner threw a towel in round 7, the referee had to stop the fight then and there.

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Recently, ‘The Gypsy King’, in a conversation with BT Sport Boxing, opened up on the referee’s role in saving Wilder’s life.

“I believe the referee actually saved his life that night and saved his career for sure,” he said.

Before their February 2020 match, the duo fought in 2018. That bout went the distance and intrigued fans till the final gong. ‘The Bronze Bomber’ was even successful in landing his dynamite-like right hand on undefeated Fury, thus putting him on the canvas twice. Those blows were crucial in him securing a draw.

As both of their fights were entertaining thrillers, fans expect their third bout to be even more entertaining.

Can Tyson Fury demolish Deontay Wilder again?

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Tyson Fury, in order to cement himself as a great, has to get past Wilder on October 9. A defeat will see him lose out on his belt and will end his hopes of an undisputed clash.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Tyson Fury celebrates his win by TKO in the seventh round against Deontay Wilder in the Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

That said, ‘The Gypsy King’, who knows this, will be keen to repeat his dominant showing from 20 months back.

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Moreover, following Wilder’s training videos, fans will expect him to be more measured in offense and focused on defense. Hence, it will be tough for Fury to demolish Wilder as easily as he did. But on the form parameter, he absolutely can do so.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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