After eleven exciting rounds in Las Vegas, Tyson Fury put an emphatic end to his trilogy with Deontay Wilder. This was one of the more memorable heavyweight clashes in recent memory. It had all the drama, tension, and action you should expect from a bout of this magnitude. From the opening bell, they started trading leather early and often. Early on in the third round, it looked as if a repeat of the second fight was coming when Fury scored a knockdown in that round. Wilder to his credit bit down and started swinging for the fences and scored two knockdowns of his own in the fourth round. It looked as if Wilder gave everything he had in that round because from that point on, Fury used his massive frame to bully and punish Wilder, ultimately scoring a TKO victory in the eleventh round.

For all his highlight reel knockouts and devastating power, Deontay Wilder may have garnered more respect in defeat than he ever saw in victory. Last night he gave everything he had to win. He endured a great deal of punishment and refused to quit. He was looking for that “2 seconds” he often spoke about. It never came, but the heart, determination, and resolve of Deontay Wilder cannot be questioned.

You can certainly say the same about Tyson Fury. Over three fights, he was knocked down 4 times by a man with a 97.6 knockout percentage and got up every single time. When Deontay Wilder knocks down other heavyweights, they stay down. Tyson Fury is clearly no “other heavyweights” though. Each time he was able to get up, dig in, and win. You attach his impressive skills with his determination and drive to win and you get the best heavyweight in the world, which he is.

 I saw many last night saying that this was one of the better trilogies in the history of the sport. I disagree. Truthfully, the majority of this trilogy was lopsided in favor of Tyson Fury, save for some brief moments by Deontay Wilder. The reason we were entertained over the course of three fights was that we knew Wilder could knock him down, but could he keep him down? Fury answered the bell each time.

Batman needs The Joker, Superman needs Lex Luthor to push them to be the best versions of themselves and Tyson Fury needed Deontay Wilder.