Tyson Fury may not be the most aesthetic heavyweight champion to lace up the gloves but he may be the most formidable.
The six-foot-nine, 278 pound behemoth hunted down and slayed Deontay Wilder in the 11th round with a brutal knockout win that fulfilled his prefight promise to knock out the mouthy American.
The winning punch was a right hand that fell Wilder heavily to the canvas. Wilder managed to floor Fury twice in the fourth round but the exciting 33-minute brawl was primarily dominated by Fury’s height, weight and reach advantages which he utilized intelligently if not artistically.
Fury persistantly hunted down Wilder like he did in the second fight last year, wary of the Wilder right, but machine-like programmed to proceed until he connected with the clean shots he knew would down his rival.
Wilder’s fitness and resistance to defeat were surprising and respectable. But as the predator’s pursuit progressed it was obvious it was just a matter of time.
Fury is not as sharp or accurate as he was vs. Wladimir Klitschko but he’s still very good and an extremely complicated challenge to overcome because of his size, skill, mental strength and determination. One can only wonder just how great Fury would be if he dedicated himself more to nutrition and fitness training.
Despite his flaws, Tyson Fury is the best of this era right now and the only man who stands a chance to beat him is Anthony Joshua, if the big Brit can avenge his recent loss to Oleksandr Usyk and regain the form and aura he had when he knocked out Wladimir Klitschko.