Knockout artist Deontay Wilder is why Tyson Fury retired, according to the two-time heavyweight champion from England.
Wilder shared close to thirty rounds with Fury over three years, culminating in two stoppage wins for “The Gypsy King” and a debated draw.
“The Bronze Bomber” did everything he could to put Fury down on the canvas for the duration of a ten-count. However, the stubborn Fury could not get defeated by the American puncher.
Deontay Wilder trilogy
The first fight saw Fury hit the deck twice and almost wiped out. He lost his senses in the twelfth round but somehow managed to get it together enough to stand on his feet and make it to the end.
It earned him a draw that could have easily been a victory as he dominated the rounds where he remained on his feet.
Four months later, Fury had switched trainers and his game plan in the second fight. Bringing in Sugarhill Steward proved a masterstroke.
The Kronk understudy from the day of Emanuel Steward stepped up to the plate. He saw the massive difference in weight and urged Fury to capitalize.
And so he did.
From the opening bell at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Fury jumped all over Wilder. His attacks had a purpose and led to Wilder succumbing to the relentless effort.
Seven rounds of domination ended with Wilder’s trainer Mark Breland throwing in the towel.
After much back and forth in negotiations, the third fight took place last October. Once again, Fury was down twice and took Wilder’s best punches.
But his tactics learned from Sugarhill proved too much for Wilder again. An eleventh-round stoppage was the result.
However, Fury took blows from arguably the biggest puncher in the sport’s history in all three bouts.
Now, months later, Fury says those blows will likely end his career. Speaking at a fans event, the Morecambe man explained why this is the case.
“I had lumps on the back of my head like fists [after fighting Deontay Wilder],” said Fury.
“I was concussed, and I didn’t remember anything. But I was thinking, ‘Did I get put down four times?’ I thought, ‘I think it’s time to call it a day.'”
Time to go
On his achievements and walking away with all his faculties, Fury added: “I’ve been on the road for thirteen years as a professional.
“I went all over the world and fought the best fighters in the world. The Americans, the Africans, the Germans, I fought them all, and all of them fell. They all fall to the fat [man] from the north of England.
“There are seven billion people in the world. Just think about that number – seven billion people. I’m the heavyweight champion of the world, the number one.
“Out of all those people, the biggest, fattest, baldest, ugliest [man] on the planet, that’s me.”