But it was Fury’s IQ in the ring, his superior skills, that earned the boxer from the traveller race in Lancashire to call himself the No 1 in the heavyweight division and the lineal champion.
In front of more than 15,000 fans at the T-Mobile Arena, the fight lived up to all its billing. Perhaps not in the manner of being an elite level boxing chess match, but an epic encounter involving will, guts and heart as Wilder refused to be denied (he was not going to be stopped by his corner this time, as he was in the seventh in their second fight) and clearly went out on his shield.
Wilder was dangerous to the very end, on wobbly legs, staggering at times, through five rounds to the denouement as Fury used his skills, size and weight advantages to dominate his rival. Slowly, Wilder’s batteries, stamina and resources
were being depleted. On into the eighth, ninth and tenth stanzas, the ‘Gypsy King’ brushed his gloves on his shorts and focused himself for the finality of punches that would end the bout with no discussing afterwards. Fury broke Wilder, whose levels of courage and stamina made for a scintillating atmosphere. Wilder was also down in the tenth round, with little left, although judge Steve Weisfeld scored it a 10-9 round inexplicably.