Tyson Fury was told he had “pillow fists” by Deontay Wilder before their rematch – but this video proves that to be utter rubbish.
The Gypsy King put on the performance of his life to floor Wilder twice before the fight was waved off in the seventh round. It meant Fury collected the only world title belt that had previously eluded him – the WBC version.
The first knockdown came in the third round, as an off-balance Wilder was sent crashing to the canvas after Fury landed one to the side of his head. A clip filmed by someone close to the action captured the exact moment of impact, with an audible ‘thud’ heard as the new champ connected.
The crowd roared with delight as Wilder hit the deck. It would be a sign of things to come as Fury completely steam-rolled the previously undefeated American. Only days before the scintillating fight in Las Vegas, Wilder dismissed Fury as not having the power to hurt him.
He said: “I don’t think he has the power to knock me out, we have not seen that. We have seen a couple of knockouts but nothing as regular as mine. Tyson is a skilful fighter but you cannot have it all. I said he had pillow fists at the hands.”
Fury won EVERY ROUND on two of the judges’ scorecards, and the fights stats from Compubox tell the story. Fury threw more than double the amount of punches as Wilder.
Over the six-and-a-bit rounds the newly-crowned heavyweight king landed 82 of 267 punches thrown, a 30.7 per cent strike rate. Of these 24 were jabs and 58 were power punches. Wilder only landed 34 of 141 – a 24.1 per cent effort. Sixteen were jabs and 18 were power punches.
The fact that someone described as the most powerful puncher in boxing landed less than a third of the power punches Fury had success with shows just how the fight went.
The 31-year-old Morecambe man landed these 58 power punches in less than seven rounds, whereas he had success with just 38 in their first encounter.
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