Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder III is a trilogy of intriguing contrasts.
Wilder has the most powerful right hand in boxing, while Fury is a more versatile and nimbler fighter.
So far, Wilder’s power hasn’t been enough against Fury, who survived two knockdowns in their first fight, a draw in 2018, and won the rematch in 2020 with a seventh-round TKO. Fury surprised Wilder by going on the attack early in their rematch and vows to do more of the same.
Wilder, working with a new trainer, has proclaimed he is “reinvented” and prepared to avenge his loss in the second fight.
FIRST ROUND — Wilder fires two jabs. Looking active early. Now a right. Working the body. Then to the head. A different Wilder, to be sure. More jabs. Fury not throwing, just watching. Fury looks caught by surprise. Now comes Fury. And Wilder responds with more jabs. Then a big right that a misses. Two hard rights to the body. Wilder in control. Fury lands a left hook – first good shot for him in the round. A 1-2 combo from Fury. A great right by Fury, but Wilder on his feet. Wilder 10, Fury 9.
SECOND ROUND —Fury lands two big punches! Now Wilder wobbly. Fury now looking comfortable. Wilder throwing the jab again, aiming for the belly. Fury looking more aggressive with an overhand right. Seesaw here. Back comes Wilder. Wilder throws big right that misses and back fires Fury – and lands. Getting tied up. Wilder 19, Fury 19.
THIRD ROUND — Now Fury ready to stalk. Right hand looks cocked and ready. Wilder still leading with jab. Playing part of boxer, not just KO king. Fury being warned against putting Wilder in a headlock. Big punched exchanged. Wilder throws BIG overhand right and grazes Fury. Comes with the right again. Unloading, but can’t land that punch flush. WILDER DOWN!! Fury connects with a right. Wilder makes the 10 count! Wants to fight. Fury nails Wilder again. Wilder barely on his feet, but survives the round. Fury 29, Wilder 27.
FOURTH ROUND — Wilder in trouble. Now much left in the tank it appears. Looks disoriented. Fury loading up. Wilder buying time. Fury unloads with a barrage of punches that land on Wilder’s face. Wilder back to the jab. DOWN GOES FURY!!! Wilder lands the surprise KO punch!! Fury back on his feet and rady to fight. But Wilder lining up another. BIG punches. Down goes Fury AGAIN!!! Fury up on his feet and indicates he is ready to fight. Survives the round. Wilder 37, Fury 36.
FIFTH ROUND: Fury looking pretty fresh. Throwing jabs. A 1-2 combo from Fury that rattles Wilder. Wilder looking fatigued. Wilder looking for the KO punch. Throwing huge punches. Some landing. Fury won’t fall. Fury lands stiff right. Fury looks surprising fresh and Wilder looking fatigued. And yet Wilder throws another big right hand. Wilder 47, Fury 47.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder: Live round-by-round updates