Tyson Fury has been labelled the best heavyweight boxer on the planet by former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir. ‘The Gypsy King’ completed a fairytale return to glory last month with an emphatic victory over Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas.
Fury, 31, put on a career-best performance to end Wilder’s five-year atop of the WBC’s heavyweight rankings.
‘The Gypsy King’ dominated the previously-undefeated Wilder from the outset, bamboozling him with his feints and footwork and repeatedly tagging him with big right hands.
After seeing their man being resoundingly beaten for nearly seven rounds, Wilder’s corner mercifully threw in the towel – an act which saw Fury become a two-time champion of the world.
Fury’s performance against the hardest-hitting heavyweight since Mike Tyson stunned boxing fans across the globe, many of whom had completely written off his chances of getting the better Wilder second time around.
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He is the greatest heavyweight right now in the world and probably might have ever been in my opinion
Frank Mir on Tyson Fury
Among those blown away by Fury’s performance was Mir, who wholeheartedly believes the manner in which he saw off Wilder has settled the debate over who is the best heavyweight on the plane.
“Tyson Fury won the first one,” Mir said during an interview with The Sportsman. “I didn’t agree with the decision.
“I thought that was bulls**t. I don’t know how they mathematically made that.
“I thought he would win the second one, but I thought that he would overwhelm him and gas him out, and almost just do his movements to make him miss, throw a lot of strikes but not necessarily to hurt Deontay, but to touch him and make him throwback, extend that energy, especially when he turned up at 231lbs.
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“But I didn’t think he would do what he did because that was risky.
“But there you could see the guy just being a warrior poet: very intelligent, with strategy and movement but then took risks and put his heart on the line.
“That is why he is the greatest heavyweight right now in the world and probably might have ever been in my opinion.”
Fury will have the opportunity to further stake his claim to be the best heavyweight on the planet in his trilogy fight with Wilder on October 3.
The pair’s third meeting was initially slated to take place in Las Vegas on July 18.
The coronavirus outbreak, however, prompted both parties to postpone the contest until the fall.
Should Fury get the better of Wilder for a second time, he’ll set up a heavyweight title unification fight with his unified counterpart Anthony Joshua – who is tentatively slated to defend his belts against Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev on June 20.
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