Setting an aggressive tempo, Fury landed 82 punches in comparison with Wilder’s 34, in line with CompuBox. A number of of Fury’s blows remodeled Wilder’s facial expressions into well-liked social media memes. He knocked Wilder down within the third and fifth rounds. By the seventh, Wilder’s coach, Mark Breland, noticed the harm on his fighter’s physique and threw a white towel into the ring, compelling the referee to cease the bout. Fury received by way of technical knockout, giving Wilder the primary lack of his skilled profession.
Wilder instantly rejected the choice by his nook.
“I simply want that my nook would have let me exit on my protect,” Wilder mentioned within the ring.
Fury’s dominance was as conclusive as a combat might be. Nonetheless, Wilder exercised a rematch clause for a 3rd bout. He blamed his dangerous efficiency on a bevy of unsupported rationalizations. He claimed the costume he wore whereas getting into the ring — a 40-pound skull-themed knight armor set meant to notice Black Historical past Month — weakened his legs. He additionally accused Fury, with out proof, of combating with tampered gloves.
“Perhaps should you’d come out with one in every of these excuses, which might have been plausible, however not 50 of them, come on,” Fury mentioned. “What it tells me is that he’s a weak, psychological little one that I’m going to knock out on Saturday evening.”
The pandemic and failed negotiations affected the third combat’s timing, and Fury started speaking with one other heavyweight, Anthony Joshua, and in March signed a two-fight deal to unify their titles. However an arbitrator dominated in Could that Fury needed to combat Wilder by Sept. 15. The bout was then slated for July, however Fury and members of his group examined constructive for the virus, suspending the occasion till now.
Wilder fired Breland and enlisted Malik Scott, a boxer whom he knocked out in 2014. He mentioned the 2 share a brotherly relationship, one thing that deteriorated with Breland after the combat in February 2020. Throughout their preparation, Scott mentioned he centered on diversifying Wilder’s assaults somewhat than merely counting on highly effective proper hand pictures.
“I went to his toolbox — I didn’t give him the toolbox — and pulled out every thing that I really feel he would do effectively,” Scott mentioned. “I made positive that we didn’t do it from a unconscious state or we didn’t do it accidentally.”