Too early to put Fury in pantheon of all-time great heavyweights


uch was the nature of the fight that it was only natural that the superlatives then flowed.

Twice knocked down in the fourth round, Tyson Fury showed remarkable powers of recovery to launch a stunning comeback and down Deontay Wilder in the 11th round.

He declared himself the greatest heavyweight of his generation — hard to argue against — and a match for heavyweights across the generations.

Not to talk down the stunning defence of his WBC belt, but Fury cannot quite yet put himself into the pantheon of the greatest heavyweights of all time.

For one, he has just one title defence to his name. In contrast, the man he beat to first become heavyweight champion of the world, Wladimir Klitschko, made 18 straight successful defences. Joe Louis, meanwhile, holds the record at 25.

Fury has passed every test thrown at him, be that Klitschko or the trilogy of fights against Wilder.

In fight one, he looked to have been knocked clean out in the dying moments only to recover in a controversial draw. In the second, Wilder’s team threw in the towel in the seventh round.

And in fight three — comfortably the best of the three and a night that will long be talked about in boxing history — he not just outboxed Wilder but showed just how resolute he is to overpower the hardest puncher in world boxing.

He was ahead on all the judges’ cards when the fight was stopped, and landed 148 punches to Wilder’s 72.

Fury’s quest for greatness comes in the subsequent fights. Dillian Whyte looks the likeliest next opponent but he is a mere stepping stone in his quest to become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world by beating either Oleksandr Usyk or Anthony Joshua.

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