Wilder vs Fury 2: Redemption Complete & A Power Failure In Vegas
Some might have disagreed with Mark Breland throwing the towel in, but in truth they should be thanking him. They say let a fighter live to fight another day, I say just live another day.
Corner men are often far braver than the fighter they are supposed to protect. Safety should be paramount, a blood and guts sport sometimes needs that human touch, Breland was right, any other opinion is irrelevant and wrong, he shouldn’t be criticised he should be applauded.
Wilder was a thoroughly beaten and battered fighter, his chance of victory long since gone. The legs could barely support him to stand let alone generate the sort of power needed to swing the fight around in his favour.
Tyson Fury told everyone that would listen, which wasn’t many, what he would do, a mission to certain destruction the narrative said. Fury with typical defiance did the exact opposite to what was expected, an impressive self-belief in his own ability and the tactics employed.
The road to redemption was denied it’s rightful conclusion back in 2018, this time Fury had his own mode of transport, his fists this time had more definitive power than the pen of a solitary judge.
Wilder faces an uncertain future, the rematch clause is there, in reality he needs time and refinement, maybe even something more permanent. Fury beat him in a way that will linger for some time both physically and mentally, the problem of such clauses highlighted better than any words could do.
The former WBC world heavyweight champion has gotten away with his technical deficiencies until Fury rammed home the need to change, time will tell if he will and more importantly, can he change, at 34 the odds say he can’t.
The Fury story is a film script in the making, the well documented tale of a return from the brink will never tire. Everything from the ring entrance which was straight out of the Prince Naseem Hamed book of modesty to the sensational in-ring performance through to the post-fight karaoke was pure theatre.
Fury is one of a kind, an enigma, you never know what you are going to get, which all adds to the package and the mystique.
A trilogy we don’t need, at least in the short-term, probably looms, hopefully common sense prevails and we get the fight the sport wants and needs.
Anthony Joshua poses different and more testing problems to Wilder, and while I wouldn’t say he beats Fury, I can’t rule it out either. Fury says he wants Joshua for career completion, Joshua desperately craves it for undisputed status, the money men will ultimately decide if we get it.
Fury dared to drastically change when most thought only subtle changes were needed. He understood the value of taking Wilder out of his comfort zone, the need to force him back, the benefits of using his additional weight to lean on Wilder, and to deny Wilder the time or space he needed for his heavy artillery, the perfect tactics to remove all the doubt left from the first fight.
Tyson Fury never got the love or the credit for his upset win over Wladimir Klitschko, this time nobody can deny him his moment, very much a case of mission accomplished in so many different ways.