Where does Tyson Fury’s win leave the world heavyweight scene?
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The final punch stats across the three bouts between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder shows a remarkable gulf in class, with the Briton generally dominating. Fury defeated Wilder to retain his WBC title at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas over the weekend.
The highly anticipated third bout between the pair lived up to the billing and will go down as one of the great heavyweight fights in modern boxing history.
Fury was in the driving seat early, particularly after he knocked Wilder down in round three.
Wilder – who reportedly broke his hand in the loss – struck back in round four as he knocked Fury to the canvas twice, critically striking the Brit when he was dazed.
However, Fury got to his feet and responded excellently to seize control of the fight in the latter rounds.
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His dominance ensured that it was his fight to lose and after Wilder picked himself up from a 10th-round knockdown, Fury delivered the killer blow with a crushing 11th round knockout.
While that final right hook from Fury sealed the win in the third fight and his second win of the trilogy, the statistics covering the entire rivalry show just how dominant the Brit truly was.
Dan Canobbio compiled the stats and posted them to Twitter, highlighting how Fury out landed Wilder 316-177 in total strikes as well as in 25 of 30 rounds.
The Gypsy King also landed 40 per cent of his power shots compared to the Bronze Bomber’s 22 per cent, highlighting how Fury landed the decisive strikes and disabled Wilder’s greatest weapon.
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The American entered the trilogy landing 39 per cent of his power strikes – and 52 per cent of his total strikes.
The latter number slipped to just 19 per cent as Fury stifled Wilder in each of the three bouts, although he did knock the Brit down on four occasions.
Fury got up each time, but it highlights the danger Wilder possesses in his striking power.
However, it’s no use in having powerful strikes if you land under 10 punches in 26 of the 30 rounds as Wilder struggled to deal with Fury’s exceptional defence.
There were suggestions that Wilder could be considering retirement after suffering his second successive loss to Fury.
The Bronze Bomber was world champion between 2015 and 2020 and has won 42 fights – including 41 knockouts – from 45 contests, with the pair of defeats going with the controversial draw from their first clash.
The WBC have ordered Fury to fight the winner between mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte and Otto Wallin, who meet at the O2 Arena on October 30.
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