Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury clashed for the first time on December 1, 2018. It was one of the most anticipated matches in boxing history with two of the best undefeated heavyweight boxers set to face each other for the WBC heavyweight title.
On one side you had the lineal heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury. Fury was on the rise once again after a long lay off. Fury may not be known as the hardest hitter but his ability to move in and out, slip punches, countering and his ring IQ makes him special.
The WBC champion, Deontay Wilder may not have great technique but he is blessed with the ‘touch of death.’ As Wilder himself mentioned, his opponents need to be perfect throughout the fight but need to be perfect for 2 seconds. One clean shot from Wilder can knock anyone out cold. Walking into the first Fury fight, Wilder was 40-0 with 39 victories by KO/TKO.
The amount of hype built around the fight was crazy. Bonus point to Tyson Fury for making the press conferences entertaining with his trash talk. Fury, who is known for his trash talk, wasted no opportunity to try to get into Wilder’s head.
Deontay Wilder Vs Tyson Fury I Ends In Controversy
When the bell rang, Tyson Fury outclassed Deontay Wilder for the majority of the fight. Fury was played it smart and tried to avoid getting touched by Wilder as much as possible. But he was eventually dropped twice in the fight due to a lapse in concentration.
The second knockdown laid Tyson Fury flat on the ring. Miraculously, Fury was able to get up before the referee could count to 10 and put up a solid fight for the remainder of the round. Many believed that Fury had outboxed Wilder and had done enough to win the match but to everyone’s surprise, the judges did not see it that way. The bout ended in a controversial draw leaving many fans and pundits upset.
Recently, BT Sport uploaded the full fight video Tyson Fury Vs Deontay Wilder, with no commentary. Now maybe a good time to look at the fight again without any opinion of the commentators. Was Tyson Fury really robbed? You Decide.
If the video was not enough to decide who won the fight then all doubts will be cleared on February 22, 2020. The duo will collide once again in a rematch. Both Fury and Wilder have improved significantly since their first meet. They have managed to keep their undefeated status intact. On February 22, we should find out who is the better boxer among the two.