Deontay Wilder ‘got it wrong’ as tactics criticised following Tyson Fury defeat

Tyson Fury reacts to win over Deontay Wilder

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Deontay Wilder got his tactics all wrong in his trilogy fight with Tyson Fury, according to ​​Richie Woodhall. The Bronze Bomber was knocked out in the 11th round by the Gypsy King, who retained his WBC heavyweight title in the process.

Having relied on a strong knockout punch in the previous two fights against Fury, Wilder appeared to change his game plan for this bout.

He began the fight on the front foot, looking to use his aggression and power to target Fury’s body.

He was unsuccessful in the end as Fury began to find his rhythm and used his superb movement to avoid Wilder’s punches as he began to tire.

In the second half of the fight, the Brit began to come into his own, which saw Wilder withstand an onslaught from Fury, before a killer blow sent him tumbling to the canvas and left the referee no choice but to stop the bout.

Woodhall, the former WBC super-middleweight champion, believed the 35-year-old approached the fight in the wrong manner as he failed to regain the heavyweight belt.

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He told BT Sport: “It just demonstrated how dangerous heavyweight boxing is, it looked like Fury had got his number in the third round. But you can’t afford to get too complacent.

“Fury moved forward too much and he got caught with a haymaker of a punch. Full credit to Wilder and his power of recovery to make it to the 11th round because he was out on his feet a number of times, he has gone out on his shield.”

He added: “I think they got it wrong with his weight, he started out strong with the jabs to the bodies, but he couldn’t sustain it. Credit to Tyson because it took two and a half minutes to figure it out and then he got his range.

“The only way Tyson was going to get knocked down was to get him over the front foot and to meet that right hand. But as soon as Tyson realised box at distance it made that really difficult.”

Wilder was reportedly transported to hospital for precautionary checks following the fight, according to ESPN+.

He had already left the ring by the time Jimmy Lennon Jr confirmed that Fury was still the lineal, WBC and Ring Magazine heavyweight champion of the world.

Journalist Creg Stephenson tweeted: “Deontay Wilder transported to a Las Vegas hospital for precautionary reasons, per ESPN+.

“So he won’t be making any post-fight comments, it doesn’t seem.”

Fury was able to offer his analysis of another breathtaking heavyweight war though and the Gypsy King was critical of Wilder’s lack of sportsmanship when he approached his corner.

He told BT Sport: “I said, ‘Well done.’

“And he said, ‘I don’t wanna show any sportsmanship or respect.’ I said, ‘No problem,’” before calling Wilder a “sore loser” and an “idiot.”

Fury will likely face British heavyweight rival Dillian Whyte in his next bout, seemingly putting a fight against Anthony Joshua on the backburner after he lost to Oleksandr Usyk, whom he is set to have a rematch with next year.


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