Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder took to the ring for the final time in their battle of the heavyweight trilogy on Saturday 9 October 2021.
Despite being knocked down twice in the earlier rounds of the fight, the Gypsy King came back to knock down the Bronze Bomber to win the fight - and therefore the trilogy - in the 11th round.
It had been nearly two years since the two heavyweight champions met for their second bout where Wilder suffered his first ever professional defeat in the ring.
Both boxers came into the final fight with everything to prove. Fury looked to assert his world championship dominance and overcome Wilder’s allegations that he cheated in the second fight, while Wilder had every hope of conquering the man who had cost him his undefeated record.
It was, however, the 33-year-old Mancunian fighter who came out on top and retains an incredible 32 undefeated professional record.
The magnitude of this historic clash has also reportedly resulted in massive paydays for both the Gypsy King and the Bronze Bomber.
How much did Tyson Fury make in the Fury v Wilder 3 fight?
It had been previously stipulated that the second bout financial earnings would be split 50/50 but that the final ‘Once and For All’ fight would be split 60/40 to the winner.
While the official earnings are still very much being speculated, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) announced that the two heavyweights have a guaranteed five million dollars.
However, it is likely that both are set to earn more than $20 million as a result of their fight, excluding the pay-per-view points.
With the pay-per-view money in mind, it is exceptionally possible that Fury will be set to receive around $30 million (around £22million).
In 2018, it was Wilder who was the champion with Fury coming in as the challenger and therefore meant that Wilder earned approximately one million dollars more than Fury in base pay. The Bronze Bomber took home $4million while Fury was sent home with $3million and the pay-per-view points being split with Wilder getting a larger percentage.
While Wilder remained the champ for their rematch in 2020, as per the Nevada State Athletic Commission, they each earned $5million in base pay. However, American sportswriter Dan Rafael reported that both fighters were actually “guaranteed more than $25million apiece, plus percentages of any PPV profits.”
What is Tyson Fury’s net worth?
In 2020, Fury was listed as 34th on Forbes’s 100 richest celebrities. He is estimated to be worth $57million (just under £42million) with only $7million of that being earned outside of the ring in endorsements. His 2020 fight with Wilder - where he earned at least $25million - sent his 12-month earnings in Boxing over $50million.
Fury earned a multi-million dollar deal when he attended the controversial WWE event in Saudi Arabia in 2019, the same year he released his book “Behind the Mask” which sold over 200,000 copies.
The Gypsy King had also been listed as the 11th highest paid athlete in 2020. Although he dropped in 2021, it is likely that his most recent earnings will send him back up towards the top.
What happened in the fight?
Coming out to the ring much more understated than in the previous bout, Wilder looked to start in front with a series of jabs to the body, meanwhile Fury waited to assess the newly modelled 35-year-old from Alabama before making any moves.
Both fighters came into the ring at their heaviest recorded weight, although it was Fury who still kept the edge, weighing in 39lbs more than Wilder.
While Wilder’s opening jabs hinted at initial dominance, it was Fury who first sent their opponent to the ground.
After surviving this huge left-right combination, Wilder came back and floored Fury twice in the fourth round with two huge right punches. For the first time in his career, Fury had been knocked down twice in one round.
Rising back stronger than before, The Gypsy King came through with another knock down in the tenth round before a final right punch eventually ended the clash in the eleventh round.
What did Tyson Fury say after the fight?
After the fight, Fury announced he was “the greatest heavyweight champion of my era, without a doubt. Number one. If you play with fire long enough you will get burned.”
“I have proved time and again that I can never be written off. I didn’t have my best performance but I pulled it out of the bag when it needed to be done.
“I wasn’t hurt. You get hit, you wake up on the floor. I got up and was very conscious the whole time. I was one punch away from knocking him out in the whole fight.”
In order to become the first undisputed heavyweight world champion since Lennox Lewis in 2000, Fury will need to take the titles that are currently held by Oleksandr Usyk.
Usyk shocked the boxing world by beating Anthony Joshua in September and the pair look set to face each other again in a rematch in 2022.
It is likely that whoever wins this rematch will then go on to fight Fury for the ultimate undisputed championship.
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