02 Dec 2018, 22:30 IST
What’s the story?
Tyson Fury has been making headlines the world over, after sending shockwaves through the combat sports community with his instant classic WBC Heavyweight Title matchup against Deontay Wilder.
In a boxing match which several fans, as well as combat sports pundits, are claiming to be one of the greatest fights of all time, Fury was almost knocked out in the 12th and final round, however, “The Gypsy King” rather inexplicably managed to make an incredible comeback and go the distance with Wilder.
Resultantly, Fury’s seemingly miraculous comeback in the final round of the absolute war he and Wilder engaged in, has now been receiving a considerable amount of attention not only from the boxing world, but also in the professional wrestling community — particularly since Fury’s revival in the 12th round, is being compared by many to the way WWE legend The Undertaker kips up in his matches.
Several Tyson Fury-Undertaker memes have made their way into combat sports forums and social media ever since — for instance, in the lower half of the image displayed above, a fan who goes by the name “MrKnockouts” has photoshopped Fury’s face on The Undertaker’s body.
In case you didn’t know…
Reigning WBC Heavyweight Champion “The Bronze Bomber” Deontay Wilder’s 12-round matchup against former WBA (Super), WBO, IBF, IBO, The Ring, and lineal Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury, was one of the most anticipated fights in the combat sports realm this year.
Wilder, who is known for his berserk, high-risk fighting style and vaunted KO power; put his WBC Heavyweight Title on the line against technical boxing stalwart Fury, on December 1st, 2018 — with the two giants doing battle with one another inside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
The general consensus in the boxing dominion is that Fury comfortably outclassed Wilder for the majority of the fight, except Round 9 and Round 12 — given that Fury was knocked down in the 9th and 12th rounds respectively.
The heart of the matter
Over the course of the fight, Tyson Fury appeared to have major success not only in his strategy of avoiding prolonged exchanges with Deontay Wilder at close range but more importantly avoiding Wilder’s missile of a right hand.
Regardless, Fury got clipped with a beautiful 2-3 (right hand-left hook) combination from Wilder in Round 9, which served as the first of two knockdowns in the fight. Irrespective of being knocked down, Fury made it back to his feet and seemed nimble — as he once again began out-boxing Wilder.
Come Round 12, Wilder’s corner noticeably urged him to chase the stoppage, as they suspected him being behind on the judges’ scorecards. Accordingly, Wilder put the pedal to the metal and stalked Fury rather recklessly — catching Fury with a sickening 2-3 (right hand-left hook) combination, which looked to have connected a tad cleaner than the same combination in Round 9.
Wilder secured the second knockdown of the fight in Round 12, as Fury’s eyes rolled to the back of his head, and he fell flat on his back — appearing as though he’d been knocked out cold. Nevertheless, as referee Jack Reiss began the 10-count, Fury miraculously regained his senses, and got up in true Undertaker-esque style!
Furthermore, Fury eventually cleared the cobwebs and began firing back dangerous strikes at Wilder — with a stinging right hand, in particular, visibly shaking Wilder and discouraging him from pursuing the Knockout.
After 12 rounds of masterful boxing action, the 3 judges scored the fight 115-111, 112-114, and 113-113 respectively — a Split Draw — with the former card being in favour of Wilder, the second one for Fury, and the third card noting the fight as a Draw, as a result of which Wilder retained his WBC Title.
While the marvellous match is the talk of the town in the fight game, what has truly caught the attention of professional wrestling fans and the WWE Universe, is the eerie manner in which Fury got up from the second knockdown in the fight — channelling his inner “Deadman” in Round 12.
Fans can check out some of the hilarious posts regarding Fury’s Undertaker-like performance, below. In fact, most boxing-WWE crossover fans, have been comparing longtime Fury supporter and former pro-boxer, England’s own Ricky Hatton, to The Undertaker’s legendary manager, the late great Paul Bearer (*Credits: Classic Boxing, Squad Xtra, Conor Camillus) —
The vast majority of fight game pundits believe that Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will likely face each other in a rematch in 2019.
On the other hand, The Undertaker’s last WWE match came at the Crown Jewel event (November 2nd, 2018), where he teamed up with Kane, as “The Brothers of Destruction” faced D-Generation X (Triple H & Shawn Michaels) — a matchup that was won by DX.
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