Joe Rogan has been breaking down Tyson Fury’s heroic boxing victory against Deontay Wilder, claiming that a total change in approach resulted in him snatching away the American’s WBC heavyweight title.
The host of the Joe Rogan Experience is no stranger to figthing sports, either, working for the UFC in a color commentator capacity and scooping a number of MMA Personality of the Year awards during his time with the company.
During a podcast on February 25, where he was joined by comedian Owen Smith, the pair took some time to break down one of the most highly anticipated rematches that took place in Las Vegas’ Grand Garden Arena just three days previous – where Tyson Fury handed Deontay Wilder the first loss of his professional career.
Their first encounter inside a boxing ring came in December 2018, which ended in a controversial split draw decision, but Fury managed to put his opponent to the sword in the second showing – winning in the seventh round as his opponent’s corner threw the towel in.
The victory for the British world champion might have been a surprise for many fans in North America, given that many opponents over the years have fell at the mercy of Deontay’s “eraser” of a right hand, but Rogan enjoyed the attention to detail he saw from the victor.
During his podcast with Smith, he said: “If you look at the movement he does, for somebody as big as him, it’s really kind of crazy. It’s not that he couldn’t step forward and smash people, knock people out, but he knows the sweet science. Then, he realized for this fight he had to fight a different way.”
Those who have watched Fury in the past, particularly against Wladimir Klitschko and Wilder, will know that he’s very much comfortable sitting tight, allowing his opponent to be the aggressor, and tactically harm his opponent when their guard comes down.
However, Rogan believes a change of approach this time – even by shifting coaches to SugarHill Steward – gave Fury the edge.
He continued: “Tyson Fury went with a Kronk (Gym) trainer for this. He was dead serious, he was going for seek and destroy, he told everybody that’s what he was going to do too. But, nobody believed him, everybody thought it was a hustle.
“Him saying: ‘I’m going to knock out Deontay Wilder. I am going to come after him, knock him out after two rounds.’ Everybody was like you’re out of your f**king mind. Even Deontay was like: ‘you don’t believe a word you’re saying. You’re just talking. You’re not going to try to knock me out…’ and that’s exactly what he did.”
Rogan went on to explain that in the 12th round of the original contest, where Fury was knocked down by the Bronze Bomber, he realized after jumping up and being aggressive for the remainder of the match was a much more effective strategy.
The next time they faced off, as seen by fans all around the world, Tyson came out on top by doing just that.