One year ago today, Tyson Fury produced one of the most memorable moments of recent British sporting history.

The second battle between the ‘Gypsy King’ and his long time rival Deontay Wilder was one of the most highly anticipated rematches of the last decade. It united the casual boxing fan with the weekly, hardcore spectator in a can’t-miss event for the ages.

Those who packed out the MGM grand or their local bar to watch it can count themselves lucky as merely a month after, the world turned upside down from the Coronavirus pandemic. Had this disaster struck any sooner we may not have had the iconic night we all remember due to the immediate effect that the pandemic had on the sport. Fortunately, this event was untouched, and everyone should be grateful for that given the scenes it produced.


The second clash between Fury and Wilder was inevitable given the note that their first 12-round battle finished on. It was a reminder of how cruel and unfair the sport can be to those most deserving. Despite conceding a 10-8 score from being knocked down in the final round, Fury was the victim of shambolic judging.

The final decision was a draw which failed to reflect what was a dominant performance from the Brit. With the whole boxing world feeling like the ‘Gypsy King’ was hard-done-by, he was given another shot at the WBC belt that Wilder retained through the skin of his teeth.

This brings us to the fateful date of the 22nd of February 2020. After all the verbal jabs were launched back and forth between the pair, the stage was set to throw some real ones. Rematches bring a unique sense of anticipation to a fight, with fans having already seen what two boxers can do against one another, they can somewhat expect what is to come. But nobody knew that Fury was going to fulfill his prediction of knocking out Wilder, most just chalked off his prophetic words as casual confidence.


Wilder was as blindsided as the rest of us by the aggression of the Manchester-born boxer. The latter never took a step back, possessed by the knockout renowned Kronk style taught to him by his new trainer Javan Steward. The Gypsy King detonated explosive punches against the Bronze Bomber, flooring him in round three and five before the Alabaman’s corner threw in the towel two rounds later.

Fury took the WBC title back to Britain, where unified heavyweight champion and arch-rival Anthony Joshua resides. An undisputed showdown between these two has been boxing’s main agenda since Fury made it possible a year ago today.

If the people’s champion can deliver anything near what he did last time out, then the standard of boxing in this fight will match its importance, and the fans will emerge victorious.



Eric’s Snips and Snipes – The Past Week In Action


The best punch trackers on the market

The best punch trackers on the market