Dana White says Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3 is ‘exactly what boxing needed’ after Anthony Joshua’s loss to Oleksandr Usyk as he praises

Dana White has praised the ‘awesome’ fight between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, describing it as ‘exactly what boxing needed.’

The WBC and Ring Magazine heavyweight titles were on the line, but the trilogy bout between two of the best heavyweights of this era had far more gravitas than just the belts.

Fury KO’d Wilder to retain his heavyweight title

For three years, Wilder and Fury have tormented one another, with their first two fights perfectly setting the stage for a trilogy fight which will be spoken about for decades to come in the same tones as it deserved in Las Vegas.

The Brit had his man down on the canvas as soon as the third round, but the former champion rallied and floored Fury twice with his trademark right hand.

Yet the ‘Gypsy King’ has stared death in the face on multiple occasions and fears no man, finding the strength to will himself off the floor and drop Wilder twice more in the 10th and then the 11th round.

White has consistently voiced his concerns at the manner in which people in the upper echelons of boxing conduct themselves and bemoaned the best not fighting the best. But the UFC boss had nothing but praise for what he saw on Saturday night in Sin City.

The WBC champion belted out a rendition of ‘Walking in Memphis’
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“I thought it was awesome,” he said on Dana White’s Contender Series. “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.

“[Anthony Joshua] just got beat, and yeah, 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 277lbs and 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, [I am] glad it happened and congratulations to both of them, everybody involved and the sport of boxing.”

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