JOHNNY NELSON: Bronze Bomber bewildered by tactical masterclass

JOHNNY NELSON: Deontay Wilder was bewildered by a tactical masterclass from Tyson Fury as the Gypsy King’s boxing IQ helped him take the WBC world title in Las Vegas

  • Tyson Fury outclassed Deontay Wilder to win WBC heavyweight belt in Las Vegas
  • There were a number of factors that helped the Gypsy King secure victory 
  • Sportsmail’s JOHNNY NELSON assess what went right for Fury against Wilder 

Tyson Fury delivered a stunning performance to overcome Deontay Wilder in their WBC heavyweight title fight.

The British boxer produced a tactical masterclass and completely dominated his opponent in every area. 

Sportsmail’s JOHNNY NELSON talks through the secrets behind Fury’s astonishing victory in Las Vegas.

Tyson Fury’s victory over Deontay Wilder was the result of a well-executed fight plan


Fury bewildered Wilder from the start with his tap, tap double jab and feint — then mauled his opponent. He beat him up and demoralised him. I didn’t see Fury taking the fight on the way he did. 

But what the first fight obviously gave him was supreme confidence that he could beat Wilder. I’ve sparred with Fury, it’s like trying to catch a bee — he is incredibly frustrating. 

He’s twitching away all the time and picking you off with punches that aren’t necessarily the hardest but, after a while, they wear you down. He leaned on Wilder with that weight, suffocated him and never lost a round.

By leaning on Wilder and robbing him of space, Fury fought his way to an emphatic victory


Wilder said he wanted to carry on and we have seen him make comebacks within fights before. From a fan’s perspective, you could argue he had not been hit with full-blooded shots, but the injuries told a different story. He was bleeding from his mouth after a hit to the jaw — and his ear was bleeding which is always worrying. 

His equilibrium had gone, where you lose balance and, with bleeds from the ear, while it may have been a cut, you should not take any chances. 

He wasn’t offering much defence and Mark Breland made the right shout throwing in the towel. Head trainer Jay Deas has great faith in Wilder and may have disagreed but, when they watch it back, it was the right call.

Having suffered several cuts and a bleeding ear, it was the right call from Wilder’s corner


You go to Fury’s gym and the walls are decorated with posters of greats like Jersey Joe Walcott. He’s steeped in boxing knowledge. He will sit quietly assessing you while, around him, people discuss boxing and, if he sees a flaw in your argument, you’re a bulls*****r. 

He sees through you for not knowing your stuff. How he dismantled Wilder was old school, I saw similarities to how the great Muhammad Ali thwarted another top puncher, Cleveland Williams. 

As a boxer, you know the indicators when Wilder is preparing to throw a punch. Every time, Fury stepped back, ducked and moved to the left. He positioned his body so that Wilder’s right hand never really came into play. As he proved against Wladimir Klitschko, his boxing IQ is an incredible asset.

Fury’s gym is steeped in boxing history and his intelligence in the ring is a vital asset


I watched the fight alongside Dillian Whyte, the mandatory challenger. He was saying, ‘I hope Tyson doesn’t stop Wilder, I want to be the man to stop him!’ 

Unfortunately, Dillian, who has been waiting 900 days for his chance, may be passed over again as he’s considered too dangerous a stepping stone. 

The way he was battered, I’m not sure Wilder will take the rematch and the public clamour will be for Fury v Anthony Joshua. Fury is now the man in control. He has the blueprint of how to beat both Joshua and Wilder.

Nelson was talking to Simon Jones 

Fury is now likely to face Anthony Joshua in his next fight rather than a rematch with Wilder


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