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Wilder, Klitschko and returning to the ring: Tyson Fury's five greatest wins

Fury is the current WBC, Ring Magazine and lineal heavyweight champion and is the only British fighter to have been named Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year on two occasions.

Tyson Fury - also known as 'The Gypsy King' - has had some impressive victories during his career.

Regarded as the best heavyweight on the planet, Fury cemented that status with yet another victory over American rival Deontay Wilder.

The "Gypsy King" climbed off the canvas in round four to deliver a knockout win in round 11, finally putting an end to his battle with Wilder - a trilogy fight series between 2018-2021.

To celebrate, here at Planet Sport Boxing, we rank his five best wins.

5) Fury vs Otto Wallin (September 14, 2019)

Following a routine TKO victory over Tom Schwarz in June, Fury went on to face Swedish southpaw Otto Wallin a few months later on Mexican Independence weekend.

Few fans had heard of Wallin before the fight, although he had an undefeated record of 20-0 (13 KOs) to his name.

Many would remember Wallin afterwards as he managed to take Fury the full distance, something which was unexpected by many of the so-called boxing experts.

After an even start, Wallin became more aggressive coming forward and had to be kept at bay by Fury's jab. The Swedish fighter managed to rock Fury in the third, as he cut his right eye open with a big left hand.

Dealing with a heavy-cut and blurred vision from his right eye, it left Fury with plenty to deal with for the remainder of the bout - especially with the ringside doctor being consulted a few rounds later.

Despite the sickening cut, which got worse as Wallin illegally rubbed the cut with his glove, Fury was allowed to continue and would show his grit and steel to earn a unanimous decision on the cards [116-112, 117-111, and 118-110].

Tyson Fury suffered a nasty cut during his victory over Otto Wallin in 2019 but overcame it to extend his unbeaten record on Mexican Independence Weekend

4) Fury vs Steve Cunningham (April 20, 2013)

In 2013 the Gypsy King faced former cruiserweight world champion Steve Cunningham on his American debut.

The fight was to determine the IBF's world number two ranked boxer, who would then have to fight Kubrat Pulev in an eliminator for a shot at long-reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko.

Cunningham was a dangerous opponent for Fury due to his explosive speed and experience as an ex-world champion. However, the weight difference was notable as Fury weighed in more than 40-pounds heavier than his opponent.

Both fighters exchanged big blows in the early rounds, with Fury showing a lack of defence as he tried to hurt and embarrass the American.

Tyson Fury is set to face Anthony Joshua this year with a two-fight deal agreed in principle, according to promoter Eddie Hearn

Taunting Cunningham multiple times in the early stages of the bout by shouting 'come on' and 'that ain't nothing', it came back to bite him on the arse as he landed on his backside with a massive overhand right in the second round.

Fury held on for the rest of the round and used all of his weight to slow Cunningham down before using his jab and going to the body to gain momentum.

He eventually knocked out Cunningham in the seventh round in sensational style. Fury had the American on the ropes and hit him with a sickening right hand.

The victory proved Fury's ability to come back from a knockdown and dominate the fight, something Cunningham has quickly reminded people since his rise to the top, even crediting himself for his superstardom.

3) Fury vs Dereck Chisora 2 (November 29, 2014)

Fury had a rematch with fellow Englishman Derek 'War' Chisora in 2014 in a world title eliminator.

He had already beaten Chisora back in 2011 for the British and Commonwealth titles, when both fighters were 14-0. Fury was the underdog for the first fight but managed to win via unanimous decision.

The rematch saw Fury dominate right from round one. He kept Chisora at arm's length by using his jab to great effect and even fought in a southpaw stance from round two onwards.

It was a convincing victory for the "Gypsy King", who displayed his growth and progression since the first fight in the process.

Chisora was visibly disgruntled throughout the rematch as his opponent proved to be smarter and quicker than him. Fury kept chipping away at his opponent with some big shots before Chisora's corner pulled him out in the tenth round.

After the fight, Fury was clearly impressed with his own display. He told reporters: "Which other heavyweight in the world can box southpaw against a world-class fighter like Derek, a fighter who will give any other heavyweight a tough fight? I'm very proud of my performance."

2) Fury vs Wladimir Klitschko (November 28, 2015)

Fury finally got his shot at world champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 in Dusseldorf, Germany. The Ukrainian's WBA, WBO, IBF and Ring Magazine titles were on the line in front of a pro-Klitschko crowd.

Even before the bout there was controversy, involving the selection of gloves, hand wraps and amount of layers on the ring canvas. All of this happened on fight night itself with Team Fury threatening to pull out.

The fight eventually got underway and it was Fury who seized the opportunity to bank in the rounds. "Dr. Steelhammer" seemed to struggle with Fury's size and agility with barely a punch landing in the opening four rounds.

Wladimir Klitschko was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 2020 for his achievements as heavyweight champion, including a run which saw him remain as the best fighter on the planet for more than a decade

Fury soon began to edge the rounds and create a commanding lead.

Fans of Klitschko's began to fear that he would be unable to overcome Fury's abnormal fighting tactics, and they were proved right. At 39, Klitschko was unable to keep up with the pace of his 27-year-old opponent.

At times it was a dull affair, but Fury did enough to win via unanimous decision. The judges scored it 115-112, 115-112, 116-111 to make him only the fifth true heavyweight world champion hailing from Britain.

1) Fury vs Deontay Wilder 2 (22nd February 2020)

In 2020, Fury finally fought Deontay Wilder in the biggest heavyweight fight since Lennox Lewis defeated Mike Tyson in 2001 for the WBC championship.

The pair had previously fought in December 2018 which ended in a controversial draw. Fury had shown his skills by outboxing Wilder throughout the fight but had tasted the canvas twice, including a brutal knockdown in the 12th.

Weighing in heavier than their first showdown, and with a new trainer in SugarHill Steward and cousin Andy Lee - from Detroit's Kronk Gym - Fury had promised to deliver a knockout in Las Vegas.

And so he did, in emphatic style. The Alabama native was stopped in the seventh round with Mark Breland throwing in the towel. Breland - a former Olympic champion and credible ex-fighter and respected trainer - was sacked by Wilder because of his actions despite saving the American to fight another day.

The fight showed Fury's ability not just as a technical fighter, but also as a big puncher and brawler.

His dominant victory made him a two-time world heavyweight champion and just the second fighter after Riddick Bowe to have held all four major world titles (WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO) and signalled his intentions to become the first undisputed champion since Lewis by calling out compatriot Anthony Joshua.

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