Wilder vs. Fury 3: Will this be the end for Deontay?
By Yannis Mihanos: The real test is coming for Deontay Wilder ( 42W -1D -1L), it will be in the third fight against Tyson Fury.
For many years the heavyweight division was deprived of oxygen; it was all taken by the Klitschko brothers.
Then along the way, Wilder came with a cleaner, more aggressive style and had no problem knock people out. He didn’t make many fans at first, because like I told you, the heavyweight division was dead, and his opponents weren’t at all interesting, many were tomato cans, so it took time to get recognized and the rest, as they say, is history.
So he was coasting and had arrived his record at 42-0, then Tyson Fury knocked at his door and made a great offer, Wilder accepted immediately. He probably thought that this would be easy money, a few sparring rounds until a big, thundering punch puts an end to it, but things proved different.
The sight of Fury in the first fight getting up from the canvas after lying there like a corpse in the twelfth round haunted Wilder for months. He was seconds away from snatching a big victory and maintaining his unbeaten record and, in the end, settled for a draw. But that draw tasted like defeat.
In his second fight, Wilder was another fighter; in his eyes, there were doubts. He wasn’t his usual self, coming to the stage with that silly armor that later also blamed for his loss.
Of course, he was up against someone uncommon, someone who had risen like a phoenix from the flames.
Fury didn’t miss the chance and officially became the man who beat the man. A feat that he repeated for the second time after he beat another champion: Wladimir Klitschko.
In this hurting business that we call boxing, very few can escape without a scratch, very few can escape without defeat.
Defeat is the one element that can unmask those who can take the pressure and those who cannot. It can reveal who’s the true champion.
Defeat from a worthy opponent is a badge of honor but also involves suffering. In this elite level, fighters often carry giant ego masks.
They have an image that they very much protect; often, it becomes a burden; it becomes their toll.
Deontay Wilder has struggled in this series because the pressure is enormous.
Fury has all the advantage and the full package even if he is not naturally gifted, he can cope with adversity remarkably well, let’s not forget where he was a few years ago.
Defeat cannot break him, neither a physical injury or a knockdown, he can keep going and going, and that’s all too much for Wilder.
But not all is lost yet. Lockdown has affected boxing and delayed all-important fights. It has also been particularly kind to Wilder, giving him precious time to recalibrate, to get his mind right, to distance himself enough from the “Bronze Bomber,” and to go back to his roots.
Making reality again accessible is key
It isn’t at all about changing coaches or anything else; Wilder needs to get his mind right so he can have a perfect chance to win.
The fight will not happen before December because it needs a strong marketing campaign, something that isn’t possible now.
But when it happens, be sure to watch it, it would be fascinating.
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