Tyson Fury’s main event comeback fight against Deontay Wilder was exactly what heavyweight boxing needed.
With Anthony Joshua sitting aloft the division with four of the five main titles, Deontay Wilder holding the other, and little prospect of them fighting each other, the heavyweight division was in danger of going stale.
The Gypsy King returned to the main event scene, ready to prove everybody wrong again and defy the odds to become the WBC heavyweight champion, and take the fight to Joshua.
That, of course, didn’t happen, but Fury came mightily close to achieving a remarkable return after three years away from the ring with mental health, drink and drug problems.
Despite the draw between Fury and Wilder, however, the heavyweight division has been reinvigorated, with Joshua now standing up and taking notice, and seemingly desperate for a unification fight with Wilder at Wembley Stadium in 2019.
Tyson Fury, will surely have something to say on that matter. Whether he invokes the rematch with the Bronze Bomber immediately, or waits to see the outcome of any potential AJ vs. Wilder fight first, remains to be seen.
What we do know is Tyson is going to enjoy the festive period with his family before returning to training in the new year.
Fury’s fantastic performance against Wilder on December 1 could of ended very differently, however, with trainer Freddie Roach explaining just how close the Gypsy King came to being disqualified from the fight in the 12th round.
Fury outboxed, outmanoeuvred and outclassed Wilder in the fight, but was caught by two shots from the American which floored him, giving fans a real cause for concern.
Fury to his credit, got up from both shots, and should have still arguably won the fight on points.
However, when Wilder knocked Fury down in the 12th round, it almost became a very different story.
Fury’s trainer Ben Davison was stood in the corner watching on as his fighter dropped to the canvas. Roach even claimed that Davison was crying, as he saw his fighter laying on the mat and the prospect of him losing the fight became a bigger possibility.
When quizzed by FoxSports about Davison’s emotions, Roach replied: “He was [crying], he was. He thought for sure that he wasn’t going to get up and he was really worried.”
Roach also went on to explain that the inspectors and Fury’s team in the corner had to stop Davison getting involved, which would have resulted in Tyson Fury being disqualified from the fight.
“The inspectors in the corners really had to hold him down and settle him down,” Roach claimed, as he explained Davison’s reaction to the knockdown.
“He wanted to go into the ring and take care of his fighter, but if you go in that ring it’s an automatic disqualification.
“So we had to hold him down and let it play out.”