Tactical analysis of Tyson Fury's masterclass vs Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury

Following Tyson Fury’s impressive technical knockout victory over Deontay Wilder, specialist fight analysis from TheWeasle YouTube channel has given a break down on this high profile rematch and what both fighters did differently from the first encounter.

In the first fight it was clear that Fury’s strategy was to be the more elusive boxer, win rounds and be the more technical of the two.

What was noticeable from the weigh-in for this fight was that both boxers had increased their weight; ‘The Gypsy King’ weighed 16.5 pounds more at 19st 7Ibs compared to 18st 4Ib from the first fight, whilst Wilder was weighing in at 16st 7Ib, which was the heaviest that he has been for a fight in 10 years.

This came as a surprise to other heavyweight boxers such as New Zealander Joseph Parker, who said before the fight: “I’m not quite sure why? I thought he would want to be quite a bit lighter.”

This immediately highlighted that both of them wanted to be more powerful and explosive and look for that knockout blow rather than just win rounds.

Throughout this match-up, however, it repeatedly showed Wilder’s technical deficiencies as a boxer and over reliance on his power.

Not only was Wilder the smaller man, therefore, but also he was not as technically skilled a boxer as Fury, so all these attributes ultimately contributed to the one-sided nature of this fight.

TheWeastle said: “Some of those body shots in the fourth round were literally turning Deontay Wilder and pushing him away and we were talking about the man who delivered this as the man with so called pillow hands.”

‘The Gypsy King’ was crucially also able to negate that explosive right hand that the American is so well known for by distributing the important set-up for the explosive shot, the left jab.

The Brit was able to step back further from the punch and throw his own shot at the same time, taking advantage of his significant reach.

This caused Wilder to either miss or decrease the power of the resulting follow-up shot. While Wilder did not change his style too much for this fight, it was Fury that made the key alterations.

He sat into his punches a lot more, giving them more power causing Wilder to lose his balance and stance on a number of occasions.

TheWeasle said: “It is almost as though Wilder became a baby deer out there and his feet were moving around all over the place.”

Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury

Added to issues with his balance, the American’s defence was also very suspect for this fight, as he repeatedly dropped his hands and subsequently wasn't able to make allowances for the fact that he was the smaller man.

Ultimately, it was a brilliant all-round performance from Fury that was built upon taking away Wilder’s best punch and effecting how the American likes to fight.

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