What boxing experts say
Mark Kriegel, a boxing writer for ESPN, said the Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder trilogy is “as worthy of anything in boxing history” and includes Ali-Frazier and even higher at Bowe-Holyfield.
“As a rule, no one can get up after he is dropped by Wilder,” he wrote. “But Fury – the exception to all the rules – has now made a career of it. Here are three battles that violated every rule, at every convention. Fury and Wilder will be remembered forever together. They changed the lives of each other. I’m there for Riddick Bowe-Evander Holyfield. It’s better. “
Magazine in the Ring, known as the bible of boxing, called it an “all-time stunning heavy epic” and “obvious fight of the year so far”,
Writing on New York Times, Emmanuel Morgan said there may be no excuses at this time for Deontay Wilder. “No trainer threw a towel,” he wrote. “The exotic costume he is wearing is not as heavy. No judge can give him another fight. For the second time in 20 months, Wilder tasted the blow of Tyson Fury. Wilder’s body collapsed sadly in the middle of the ring and the referee carefully ended the match. ”
Ang New York Post said the fight “ended one of the most memorable duel in recent boxing history, a trilogy featuring nine combined knockdowns and two remarkable displays of pugilistic tension”.
Fox Sports called it a “battle for the ages”.
Promoter Bob Arum, whose former super-fights included Marvin Hagler v Thomas Hearns and George Foreman v Evander Holyfield compared Tyson Fury to Muhammad Ali. “I’ve never seen a heavyweight fight like this,” he said.
The team Fury was honored as ‘Le King’ and the champion was personally greeted in his dressing-room by former undisputed heavyweight king Lennox Lewis. “Incredible – great fighting – you showed great heart, great stability and great IQ,” Lewis said. Fury responded by saying: “He’s a strong man. You can’t swim and can’t get wet. If you play with fire enough you’ll burn.”
Andre Ward, the retired undefeated light-heavyweight champion, called it “a modern-day classic”.
There were also words of praise from Anthony Joshua supporter Eddie Hearn. “Great fights – big balls from both,” he said.
Reaction from outside boxing