UFC President Dana White is a well known critic of the sport of boxing, but even White was highly entertained by last Saturday's heavyweight shootout between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.
Fury and Wilder collided for a third time, for the WBC heavyweight title, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Wilder went down in the third round, but he came roaring back in the fourth when he dropped Fury twice. The unbeaten champion would eventually drop Wilder for a second time in the tenth. And then closed the show in the eleventh when he put Wilder down for a third time.
The first bout ended in a controversial twelve round split draw in December 2018. And Fury dominated and stopped Wilder in seven rounds in their February 2020 rematch.
Because of how the rematch played out, the expectations were low for the third meeting.
However, their most recent showdown provided the most fireworks and drama of the entire three fight series.
“I thought it was awesome. I think that the heavyweight fight that happened on Saturday.. and let me just tell you this [first]. Going into it, my thought process was ‘for what, why?’ you know what I mean.” White told reporters at The Contender post-presser.
“[Joshua] just got beat, and yea why do that… You know why? Because boxing needed that. Boxing needed that fight. It was an incredible heavyweight fight. I thought both guys fought their asses off. And for Fury to come in at 277-pounds and you know fight the way that he fought. Get knocked down, get back up and keep fighting. It was just, it was exactly what boxing needed. So, glad it happened and congratulations to both of them, everybody involved and the sport of boxing.”