• August 1, 2021

Exclusive: Remembering Tyson Fury’s Undertaker moment in first Deontay Wilder fight, a moment Mike Tyson watched in amazement as beat count after knockdown

 Exclusive: Remembering Tyson Fury’s Undertaker moment in first Deontay Wilder fight, a moment Mike Tyson watched in amazement as beat count after knockdown


When Tyson Fury hit the deck in Los Angeles in 2018, it appeared his title dream was finished.

In the twelfth round at the Staples Center, WBC champion Deontay Wilder unleashed a ferocious combination that floored the challenger, who was looking to scale the boxing summit once more.

Fury rose like The Undertaker in his coffin, according to his cousin to leave even the most ardent WWE fan stunned

Fury rose like The Undertaker in his coffin, according to his cousin to leave even the most ardent WWE fan stunned

Everyone thought it was over, including former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.

“And then he got up,” he recalled to BT Sport.

Wilder, a man known for knocking his opponents out cold, couldn’t believe his eyes.

Tyson said it was like a scene from Rocky, while many others thought it was Fury’s Undertaker moment – his cousin among those.

“When he went down I had my hands on my head,” Nathan Gorman told talkSPORT. “I was going, ‘No! No! No!’

“When he got up, it was like something out of WWE, like the Undertaker when he comes out of the coffin. That’s what it looked like when he got up, he was like a man possessed.

“And then after the knockdown, he won that round! He nearly took Wilder’s head off.”

A glance at Twitter at that moment will have brought up countless memes comparing Fury with the wrestling legend with his famed music being dubbed over the commentary.

And ‘Iron Mike‘ praised Fury’s fighting spirit given that when he got back to his feet, it looked like he might actually win.

“It was amazing,” he laughed as he remembered the astonishing moment.

“It appeared Tyson Fury was over. It appeared that way, but everybody was wrong.

“It takes a great deal of self belief and confidence that you can overcome the situation.”

Fury proved he was the king as he toppled Wilder to become the WBC heavyweight world champion in their rematch

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Fury proved he was the king as he toppled Wilder to become the WBC heavyweight world champion in their rematch

Fury’s resilience is one of the Brit’s biggest assets and in the rematch in 2020, he finally got to put that WBC belt around his body.

“I don’t care how hard you punch or how great a puncher you are, it’s hard to beat someone that doesn’t want to quit,” Tyson continued.

“And that’s just what it is.”

The all important third fight has now been confirmed – a not so tiny obstacle in the way to undisputed glory.

Fury and Anthony Joshua had been preparing to fight one another, but that is on hold while the trilogy is completed and AJ takes on Oleksandr Usyk in the meantime.

Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, though, believes Fury will overcome Wilder with ease.

“Deontay Wilder, who is technically very limited, punches really hard, so he’s always dangerous,” he told talkSPORT.

“That should be a complete walk in the park for Tyson Fury as long as he doesn’t get one on the chin. In the second fight, [Wilder] never got anywhere near him. I want Fury to go out and dominate that fights.





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