If you’re a boxing fan, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll be well aware of Fury’s ‘Undertaker-like’ revival against Deontay Wilder. Fury was well up on the cards in the 12th round in the December 1, 2018 bout, when caught with punishing blows from Wilder that put him firmly on the canvas. Few in the Las Vegas Staples Centre will have considered that Fury would get up from such a punishing knockdown, but that’s exactly what he did. In doing so, he became the first of Wilder’s opponents to avoid getting knocked out in a fight.
Adding to that is the fact that many watching thought Fury offered something of a masterclass in the fight, and thoroughly deserved the win rather than a draw. Still, there’s hope for an epic rematch down the pipeline and so there’s an element of ‘to be continued’ to this, with talk of multiple fights between the pair in 2020 if the stars align and they remain undefeated prior to it. As we saw with the recent Anthony Joshua loss to Andy Ruiz jnr, that’s far from a formality. Wilder will likely face Luis Ortiz later in the year and that was far from a formality the first time around.
Below is a video clip to the epic 12th round in question, as well as footage of the only other two knockdowns in Fury’s career to date. As you can see, he does appear to have rather speedy powers of recovery, which is likely one of many reasons he’s as yet undefeated (record: 27W 0L 19KOs 1D).