Ever since the judges decided to call Fury vs. Wilder a draw, everyone has waited with bated breath for the announcement to come for the rematch. It’s here, the rematch is set for Feb. 22, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Now to gain perspective on this rematch and to do that we have to go back to before the first match was even set to take place. Tyson fury had already become world champion but had completely lost the will to fight, the drive that had brought him to championships had now left him leaving him lost. He began heavy drug use, according to his interview on JRE podcast. (link at the end, very much worth the listen because Joe Rogan doesn’t talk much and allows the gypsy king to tell his story himself). He also had gained significant weight and was far from being able to compete (keep in mind, even when the man is fit to fight, he weighs 258 pounds so add on the drugs and depression and you’ve got yourself a massive man.
In this condition, he was far from fighting in the eyes of Deontay Wilder who said that Tyson Fury was done. This cut through all the depression and drug fog and reignited the flame inside of Tyson Fury. He made a decision and that’s why I made this article. Committing to something is the only way you can achieve anything. Sounds simple but most truth is or at least can be made simple. The difference between deciding and not deciding is what will determine where you end up in life. Every decision you make will influence your path. This one choice to not let himself be done was able to reverse the momentum and carry him right back into the heavyweight title contention. His commitment had allowed him to get in the shape necessary to fight. When the first fight began it was a great exchange with each fighter having their moments but in the 12th round everyone’s jaws hit the floor at the same time as Tyson Fury’s head.
These pictures breakdown the split-second change in the fight. Deontay Wilder had legitimate dynamite in his hands. He demonstrated it once again this past week against Luis Ortiz. In both of these fights (Tyson fury fight and the Luis Ortiz 2) Deontay had been in a dangerous position before and was able to flip the tides in his favor in a moment. His speed and reach for someone his size (he only weighed 209 lbs. at the weigh in for Fury vs. Wilder 1) is insane and I really think he has found a confidence/mojo/vibe/flow state or whatever name you want to slap on it. Lately I’ve personally feeling the term Zen. With this current form of Deontay wilder you are a split second from joining Ben Askren in the Shadow Realm. Which is exactly what happened to Tyson Fury. He was caught once and then caught again while falling. It looked over; the crowd lost it while Deontay walked away from his masterpiece. He had done it, put Tyson Fury down and asleep. Deontay had done this to many men and knew there was NO WAY IN HELL TYSON FURY WOULD GET UP, BUT THEN HE DID. He sat directly up like the Undertaker and proceeded to jump right back into fight mode, no wobbles in the knees or any signs that this man was in a comatose state moments ago. How was this possible? Here is my hypothesis. If the overweight, drug addict and depressed version of Tyson Fury was hit with that punch he would have remained asleep. Wilder stating that he was done really struck a chord with Tyson Fury and I believe it was the decision he had made that awoke him in that moment. All the hell he had to go through had built such a laser like focus in Fury that he did what seemed impossible to everyone around, he stood up and continued to fight. He had no guarantee he would not get knocked right back down, but his willpower had brought him this far and it was enough to carry him through the finish. Overall great fight.
In the end it was declared a draw which noone likes especially after a great fight because it leaves a bad ending on an otherwise great fight. The only upside being we now get the rematch. Definetly has potential to be fight of the year. That being said, Tyson fury had one of the best comebacks of all time both in life and in the ring and it all came from one decision. Whenver life puts you on the canvas you have a choice and you got to stand up. Even if its Deontay fucking Wilder, Stand up and fight. Never stop swinging because even if you lose you still got up. Nobody can take away your heart and sometimes thats all you got in a fight, so push past comfort and safety and you might catch a moment of greatness.
Motivation is what gets you started. Commitment is what keeps you going – Jim Rohn
Most people fail not from a lack of desire, but because of a lack of Commitment – Vince Lombardi
Commitment is what transforms a promise into a reality – Abraham Lincoln
There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results – Kenneth Blanchard
When confronted with a challenge, the committed heart will search for a solution. The undecided heart looks for an escape – Andy Andrews
Tyson Fury’s battles with depression explained on JRE – https://youtu.be/XrM6WqYEj9Y
Footage of Knockdown in 12th round – https://youtu.be/VfrcIu4DVuE
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