From Tyson Fury’s defeat of Wladimir Klitschko to Alan Minter overcoming Vito Antuofermo, the top five performances by British fighters abroad
- Tyson Fury produced arguably the best display from a British fighter abroad
- The 31-year-old knocked Deontay Wilder down twice in seventh round stoppage
- The likes of Alan Minter and Nigel Benn have also pulled off overseas shocks
- Sportsmail’s JEFF POWELL ranks the best of the displays from British fighters
In his seventh round stoppage of reigning WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury delivered a display that will go down as arguably the greatest by a British fighter on foreign soil.
Among those in the conversation are Alan Minter’s points win over Vito Antuofermo in 1980 as well as Fury’s defeat of Wladimir Klitschko that initially brought him to worldwide attention.
Sportsmail’s JEFF POWELL gives his view on the greatest overseas performances from British fighters over the years.
Tyson Fury’s defeat of Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas is a truly great overseas performance
1 FURY v WILDER II (2020)
The Gypsy King told everyone he would go to Las Vegas and outgun one of the biggest punchers in heavyweight history. Few outside his team believed him. Many assumed such tactics would be suicide.
How wrong they were. In an astonishing display, Fury completed one of the greatest comebacks in boxing history, battering Wilder from the off.
The British fighter went and did what no one thought was possible by outgunning Wilder
2 ALAN MINTER v VITO ANTUOFERMO (1980)
In his first world title fight, Crawley’s Minter went to one of the cauldrons of boxing — Caesars Palace in Las Vegas — to win the WBC and WBA world middleweight crowns.
Antuofermo had drawn with Marvin Hagler the year before, but Minter rose from a 14th-round knockdown to secure a contentious split-decision victory thanks in part to a lopsided score by British judge Roland Dakin.
Alan Minter (L) defeated Vito Antuofermo on points in Las Vegas for a famous victory
3 FURY v WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO (2015)
Fury ended the nine-year reign of the Ukrainian after a messy but masterful fight in Dusseldorf. Wearing battered old boots given to him by Manny Steward — uncle of current coach Javan ‘SugarHill’ Steward and a former mentor of Klitschko — the Briton outboxed the champion to win a unanimous decision.
Fury became Britain’s fifth world heavyweight champion.
Fury traveled to Germany to deliver a shock in beating nine-year champion Wladimir Klitschko
4 LLOYD HONEYGHAN v DONALD CURRY (1986)
Honeyghan was so certain he would upset the undisputed welterweight champion that he put $5,000 on himself to win.
The odds of 5-1 reflected how unfancied the challenger was in boxing circles. Both were undefeated but Curry was considered among the best on the planet. Honeyghan made a mockery of pre-fight predictions, dominating Curry, who failed to come out for the seventh round.
Despite being heavily unfancied, Lloyd Honeyghan (L) defeated Donald Curry in New Jersey
5 NIGEL BENN v DOUG DeWITT (1990)
The Dark Destroyer travelled to Atlantic City, New Jersey, to take on WBO middleweight champion DeWitt.
The British boxer, in his first world title fight, was dropped in the second round. But Benn rallied brilliantly, flooring DeWitt in the third session and three more times in the eighth.
Benn sunk to his knees after the referee waved it off, before being mobbed by his team following a sensational stoppage win.
Nigel Benn fought back from an early knockdown to defeat Doug DeWitt in Atlantic City
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