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Today’s Technical Readout goes over the rematch between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder. The video is out on YouTube below and is the recommended way to check it out. This post has the script from the video and can be used as a reference for the future. Please subscribe to me on YouTube if you enjoy the video!
Technical Readout: Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder 2
Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder have one of the most memorable pair of fights in recent heavyweight history. On one side, you have the lineal champion in Tyson Fury who defeated Wladimir Klitchko dethroning the long reigning champion. On the other, you have new blood, Deontay Wilder, the hardest hitting heavyweight since Mike Tyson. The first fight went to a controversial draw of which many had Fury winning. But the knockdown in round twelve secured the title back for Wilder and called for a rematch. In today’s Technical Readout, we take a look at that second historical fight and the return of The Gypsy King.
To understand how the second fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder transpired, we have to look at round 12 of the first fight. Wilder catches Fury with a big right hand and a short hook. Fury seemed out, splayed out on the ground. But like the Undertaker, Fury gets up to fight on. Wilder then pushes the pace to get the finish. While Tyson Fury is recovering, makes his adjustment. When Tyson Fury puts his hands behind his back, he then pushes the pace. In that moment, Tyson Fury discovered how he could beat Deontay Wilder, and he would…
The main idea behind beating Deontay Wilder is staying disciplined. One mistake will ruin your night and quite possible give you CTE. Fury utilized the jab all night, which is great for countering a fighter who comes over the top more often than not. The average punch of a boxer is a swift 25 miles an hour. Doing some simple math, if you’re standing three feet away from your opponent, it will take 0.0818 seconds to reach your opponent. On the other hand, let’s use simple math and say Wilder’s overhand right comes along the line of a perfect circle. Using the radius of the jab, 3 feet, we can multiply by π, divide it by two due to not being a perfect circle, and get the distance and speed. In this example, Wilder’s windmill would have to travel 4.71 feet and takes 0.1285 seconds, making the jab 57.09% faster.
Early in the second fight, Fury would implement his gameplan: come forward and use a bunch of feints to confuse Wilder. This works two-fold. Deontay Wilder doesn’t like punching off of his back foot, instead opting to come forward off a big lunge with his jab. Second, the feints and motion short circuit the timing of Wilder as well.
Tyson Fury also does a good job of keeping Wilder just out of distance with the long guard. Here, Wilder telegraphs his right with a wide step in and Fury extends his lead hand, simply getting in the way of the shot which misses as a result.
On the offensive side of things, Fury decides to enter with straight punches with Wilder. When he splits the guard, Wilder covers up with his high guard and backs up. This is when Fury unloads the wider punches when he’s at a smaller risk of being finished.
Tyson Fury Continuing to Push The Pace
Fury parries the probing jab of Wilder to give him less of a read on the distance to unload on The Gypsy King. Fury having the long guard up puts his hand in the striking lane of Wilder, disrupting the punches, making it that much harder to hit him. When Wilder doesn’t see an opening, he is more hesitant to fire.
Far from perfect, Tyson Fury doesn’t always stay on task and becomes idle in the second round. Here, he’s standing in front of Wilder and has a big right fired his way, landing flush. While Fury’s performance was masterful, it wasn’t perfect by any means. But, immediately after realizing that he’s been caught, Fury starts walking forward. You can actually see the confusion in Wilder’s face trying to figure out what to do when an opponent comes forward.
Another thing Fury capitalized on against Deontay Wilder was the poor footwork from the reigning champion. His stance is wide and he leans back often, throwing off his balance often. Balance and punching go hand in hand. To get the power that Wilder is used to using. With your feet under you, you can maximize the power which comes from the body and not the arms.
Here’s another example of the poor balance of Deontay Wilder. Fury throws a basic jab and Wilder leans back. Tyson Fury then doubles up on the jab as he’s leaned back and Wilder backs up again. Instead of taking small steps back and keeping his balance, he breaks his balance and is off center, allowing Fury to press forward even more, setting up the straight right.
Tyson Fury knows that Wilder is nowhere near as dangerous with the in-fighting. He feints the entire fight, but the feint here draws forward progress out and Fury immediately clinches up and holds Wilder’s head down which is absolutely exhausting.
In the first knockdown, Fury reads the exaggerated step in Wilder relies on and gets a good lead hook in and comes over the top, landing right behind the ear. Wilder’s big lunge in not only telegraphs his intentions, but also puts him off balance, a common theme all night.
After the knockdown, Fury doesn’t let Wilder rest. He may not get the knockdown, but he will tire Deontay Wilder even more, which is his real goal. Already exhausted in the third, Wilder is back pedaling. You can see the fundamentals flying out the door as he crosses feet, another balance thing.
Here, Wilder throws a lead hook and over extends on the jab. With his back to Fury and his feet in front of him, not underneath him, puts him in another bad spot.
At the end of the fourth, Fury is crowding Wilder. Wilder exits to his right and Fury resets his stance with a shift of his front foot, putting himself back in line with Wilder. The right comes in and lands on the button of Wilder again, putting him in trouble. Fury does a good job keeping his feet under him and getting optimal power in the punch.
This is just a beautiful setup by Tyson Fury. He keeps his hands moving, crowding the lane for Wilder, and steps in with a feint. Wilder has his lead hand extended and Fury fires the jab and comes over the top of Wilder’s lead hand with a smooth right hook.
Wilder’s poor footwork finally gets the best of him here. Fury is pushing Wilder back as he covers up. Deontay Wilder didn’t keep his feet under him, once again. This time, Fury steps on the outside of the lead foot and lands a great body hook. Wilder trips over Fury’s foot and falls down, a legal knockdown.
Here, Wilder comes in with a monster bomb that misses. Wilder doesn’t get his footing and stumbles backwards once again.
Tyson Fury goes to the in fighting once again. Knowing Wilder isn’t a threat here, Tyson Fury pours on the pot shots, body shots, and leans on Wilder, tiring him out even further than he already is.
After six rounds and in the seventh, the pressure, fatigue, and stress of the situation did Wilder in. Wilder goes to the corner and Tyson Fury comes right up the pipe with a straight right and Wilder’s corner has seen enough. The towel has been thrown in and the fight is over. Tyson Fury is the new champion.
After reclaiming a belt, Tyson Fury put Anthony Joshua on notice. After beating Wilder, he and Joshua are destined to box. The two will unify the heavyweight division so fans can see who is truly the best heavyweight on the planet.