Tyson Fury has always been an entertainer, and yet again he played that role to perfection during his epic bout with Deontay Wilder.
BT Sport’s official YouTube page has now released a two-minute compilation video of the Gypsy King’s showboating and the other antics he got up to on the night.
Fury wasted no time in setting the tone for the evening.
As he walked out, he had both arms raised aloft while encouraging the crowd to join in.
When he actually got into the ring, he looked directly into the camera, with his tongue sticking out, and screamed.
His antics by no means stopped when the bell went to initiate the fight and, in fact, it encouraged Fury to attempt more ambitious examples of showboating.
The video shows Fury putting his hands behind his back during multiple rounds, attempting to goad Wilder so that he could capitalise on any lapses in the American’s defence.
The most shocking example of this tactic came in the final round, just after Wilder had floored Fury with what many thought was a fight-ending punch.
However, after heroically rising to his feet and in the process of being pinned against the ropes in an onslaught from Wilder, the Gypsy King decided that he would place his hands behind his back once more.
This seemed to confuse Wilder and allowed Fury to hit back with a couple of good shots of his own, proving an excellent example of exactly why he employs these tactics.
Some of Fury’s other acts of showboating included shouting ‘dosser’ at Wilder, raising his hands in triumph at the end of each round, and smacking his own head after being caught by the Bronze Bomber, as if to say that it had no affect on him.
While a lot of these taunts are only small things, they most certainly got into Wilder’s head, shown by the sheer amount of frustrated shots that missed their target from the American.
He seemed to get increasingly aggravated at not being able to land consistently on Fury and this frustration was doubled due to Fury’s showboating.
Wilder is certainly not alone in finding Fury a tricky man to pin down, but if a rematch does go ahead, he must find a better way to deal with the Gypsy King’s unorthodox style.
In terms of Fury, there is no doubt that he’ll manage to entertain us with a whole new range of tricks when we see him in the ring next.