The World Cup win against Deontay Wilder finally puts Tyson Fury on a par with his legendary predecessors. But what’s next for the “Gypsy King”? And what will happen to the “bronze bomber”? SPOX answers the most important questions.
What is Tyson Fury’s standing in heavyweight boxing?
There are things about Tyson Fury that must be sharply condemned, even if he has long apologized for them publicly. Let’s just think back to his racist, homophobic and misogynistic remarks a few years ago.
Broken down to the athletic performance, the conclusion about the “Gypsy King” is just as clear – just positive: The 33-year-old Englishman is the greatest heavyweight boxer of his time.
Fury brushed aside any last doubts in the most impressive way with the third fight against Deontay Wilder on Sunday morning. In one of the best and toughest boxing matches in years, the 2.06-meter giant from Manchester prevailed – and demonstrated incredible comeback qualities.
Fury went down twice in the fourth round against Wilder, who for many experts is the best puncher in heavyweight history. “Usually nobody gets up who has been knocked down by Wilder. But Fury is the exception to all rules,” wrote ESPN. Fury got up, dominated his challenger from the USA with an absolutely world-class performance and knocked him out in the eleventh round.
“I’m the best in the world, Wilder is the second best,” said Fury after the fight in the desert at the gates of Las Vegas and was right. After his TKO victory against the “Bronze Bomber” in February 2020, Fury beat this second best heavyweight boxer for the second time early.
Victory against Wladimir Klitschko (unanimously 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, against whom Fury has not yet boxed, are also rated weaker.
What also makes Fury a special champion is the past. After his win against 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 on a sporting level. Klitschko, Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson, George Foreman, Muhammad Ali & Co.