In a back-and-forth contest to cap one of the most intriguing rivalries in modern heavyweight history, Fury put his rival down in round three but was sent to the canvas himself twice in round four as the fight ebbed and flowed in front an enthralled crowd of more than 15,000 fans at the T-Mobile Arena.
Described by Fury as ‘an atomic bomb’ before the bout, Wilder showcased his threat and particularly early on it seemed the American could well snatch back the belt he had lost to Fury in their last meeting in February of 2020.
But without showing the glittering brilliance he did during that last fight, Fury still boxed smart for most of the night, absorbing the damage from his heavy-hitting rival and grinding down Wilder before turning the tide irreversibly in the latter rounds.
Fury again dropped Wilder to the canvas in round 10, and the inevitable arrived in the following round when The Gypsy King unleashed a crunching right hand to knock out his opponent.
Meeting for the third – and most likely final – time, Fury and Wilder have shared one of heavyweight boxing’s great rivalries of recent years, dating back to the contentious draw when they first stepped between the ropes in December of 2018 and with a middle installment in 2020 seeing Fury comprehensively outbox the American.
This time the Brit again prevailed and his class ultimately shone through, but he was tested along the way.
After a fractious build-up throughout fight week in which both sides traded increasingly personal insults, the anticipation was cranked up even further before the opening bell with a delay caused by an apparent issue with Wilder’s gloves – or possibly just mind games from the American.
The Bronze Bomber did eventually make his way to the ring dressed in a considerably less extravagant outfit than last time but still with a red jewel-encrusted mask.
Fury’s entrance saw him arrive accompanied by a group of Spartan warriors and dressed in Roman-style garb to the tune of AC/DC’s ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’.