The World Cup victory over Deontay Wilder finally puts Tyson Fury on a par with his legendary predecessors. But what’s next for the “Gypsy King”? And what will become of the “bronze bomber”? SPOX answers the most important questions.
What is Tyson Fury’s position in heavyweight boxing?
There are things about Tyson Fury that must be severely condemned, even though he has publicly apologized for it for a long time. Let us go back to his racist, homophobic and misogynist remarks from a few years ago.
Broken down into athletic performances, the conclusion on the “Gypsy King” is equally clear – only positive: the 33-year-old Englishman is the greatest heavyweight boxer of his time.
Fury brushed aside any remaining doubts in the most impressive way with the third bout against Deontay Wilder on Sunday morning. In one of the best and toughest boxing matches in years, the 2.06-meter giant from Manchester won – and showed incredible comeback qualities.
Fury lost twice in the fourth round to Wilder, who many pundits believe is the best puncher in heavyweight history. “Usually nobody gets up if he’s been knocked down by Wilder. But Fury is the exception to all the rules,” ESPN wrote. Fury stood up, dominated his challenger from the United States with a world-class performance and knocked him out in the eleventh round.
“I’m the best in the world, Wilder is the second best,” Fury said after the desert fight on the outskirts of Las Vegas and was right. After his TKO victory over the “Bronze Bomber” in February 2020, Fury beat this second best heavyweight boxer for the second time ahead.
Tyson Fury won against Deontay Wilder.
Victory against Wladimir Klitschko (unanimous on points), two wins and a draw against Wilder, unbeaten in 32 fights – Fury is currently THE dominator of heavyweight boxing without any discussion. Anthony Joshua and Alexander Usyk, whom Fury has yet to box against, are also rated lower.
What also makes Fury a special champion is the past. After his victory over Klitschko in 2015, the “Gypsy King” fell into a deep hole. Mental illnesses, including depression that made suicidal intentions, alcohol, other drugs, the full program. Fury was considered finished before returning to the ring two and a half years later and making history.
All of this means that Fury is now to be mentioned in the same breath as his great predecessors, at least in sporting terms. Klitschko, Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson, George Foreman, Muhammad Ali & Co.