What’s next for Deontay Wilder after his second-straight defeat to Tyson Fury?
The American fighter produced a spirited display against the Gypsy King in Saturday’s third bout between the heavyweights but was undone by Fury’s size, power and style.
And so Wilder now finds himself on the outside looking in, without a clear path towards gaining back his heavyweight title.
“I did my best, but it wasn’t good enough tonight,” Wilder reflected after the 11th-round stoppage.
This shouldn’t be the end for the 35-year-old in high-profile fights, though. He would still draw huge numbers in fights against Anthony Joshua or Andy Ruiz Jr., for example.
Wilder’s power is a problem
Both for whom is immense power would be a real threat.
Wilder found success against Fury, twice knocking him down in the fourth round, and the strength behind that venomous right-hand was evidenced by an extraordinary clip that has emerged from the fight.
Wilder sent ripples through Fury’s body
It came in the fourth round, moments before Wilder toppled his opponent.
Fury caught a vicious right hand blow from his opponent and in slow-motion, you can actually see the rippling effect that it caused on his body.
While Fury didn’t initially fall, the punch eventually caused the British heavyweight to succumb to the canvas.
Boxing fans react
Boxing fans have been left stunned by the clip, where it went viral on Reddit.
Most people couldn’t believe that Fury didn’t immediately fall.
“I think that would have killed me,” one write.
Another added: “That shot separates most humans’ brain stems I feel. Fury is just 6’9 and a monster.”
A third wrote: “That kind of shot has finished all of Wilder’s opponents except Fury.”
There was more reaction on Twitter.
He’s cut from a completely different cloth, Fury.
Being 6’9″ and weighing 277 pounds helps, too.