1. DRAW 12 Deontay Wilder – 1 December, 2018 – Los Angeles, USA
Even though the fight was declared a draw, given the context and circumstances this was a top-quality display from Fury. Castigated in the UK press (rightly or wrongly, you decide), struggling with mental health issues, drug problems of the recreational and performance variety and battling back from a huge weight gain, Tyson finally made it back to the big time.
Outboxing Wilder at times, using the ring as his playground, Fury was slim, slick and on point for the majority of the fight. Wilder dropped him twice; heavily in the final round. The American judges saw Wilder winning more rounds than expected and scored it even. A money-spinning rematch on February 22 will financially benefit both parties.
2. WON 12 Wladimir Klitschko – 28 November, 2015 – Dusseldorf, Germany
Battling not only against one of the most dominant heavyweight champions of recent years but also his promotional team’s pre-fight antics and dark arts, Tyson Fury travelled to Germany to smash the division wide open.
Some describe it as a masterclass. Others bemoan the lack of intense action for long spells. Both may be correct, as Fury negated Wlad’s physical advantages by confusing, bemusing and leaving the veteran in the dust as the “Gypsy King” exited Dusseldorf with all the silverware.
3. WON KO 7 Steve Cunningham – 20 April, 2013 – New York, USA
Fury’s first real introduction to the American boxing media and TV audience went with a bang. Cunningham’s best career work had been down at cruiserweight, where he had been a mainstay at championship class for years. This bout was an early part of his foray into the heavyweight division.
Cunningham’s size and speed caused a nervous Fury issues, and the big UK man was caught napping by an overhand right in round two. Fury raised levels and a crunching right hand, off the back of a timely elbow, eventually got rid of plucky Cunningham in the seventh. Fury serenaded the crowd with a song at the end. The Stateside contingent already wanted more.
4. WON PTS 12 Dereck Chisora – 23 July, 2011 – Wembley, UK
Boxing in front of a sizeable audience on Channel 5, unbeaten duo Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora, both 14-0, clashed for domestic dominance. Chisora’s British and Commonwealth titles were on the line. The Finchley man had been inactive and entered the ring at a bloated 260+ pounds.
Fury used his jab and skills to outmanoeuvre a sluggish “Del Boy” to take home his belts. The pair met again in 2014 when a lacklustre Chisora was retired by his corner after 10 rounds of pain at the gloves of a buoyant Fury.
5. WON TKO 9 John McDermott II – 25 June, 2010 – Essex, UK
Tyson was the recipient of a supposed gift decision when the two met for McDermott’s English title in 2009. McDermott’s promoter Frank Maloney raged at ringside as “Big John” dropped the verdict on the reckoning of sole scoring referee Terry O’Connor.
Tyson was sharper and fitter in their rematch nine months later and he stopped the tubby Londoner in nine.