Tyson Fury 30 (21 KOs)-0-1 wins the WBC Heavyweight title with a 7th round TKO over previously undefeated Deontay Wilder 42 (41 KOs)-1 (1 KO)-1 at the MGM Grand Las Vegas, broadcasted on FOX PPV in the US and BT Sport Box Office in the UK.
I think it was a Conor McGregor quote that goes “there’s no better feeling in the world than saying you’re gonna do something, putting it out there for the world to see, and then going out and doing it”, because wow that is what Tyson Fury did last night.
When I stayed up and watched AJ Ruiz 1 it was the drama of watching one person who looked almost invincible fall from grace that captivated me, but with this it was watching one person stand up and be counted, because though I tentatively picked Fury to win in no way did I think he could go out and boss Wilder like he did.
I thought pressing Wilder would be suicide if he did it in the early rounds, so I thought you’d see Fury display his awkwardness and head movement in a Klitschko 2.0 type performance, but what he did is give Deontay Wilder a true beating, and he did it in that Kronk style.
From the opening round Wilder never looked comfortable. I didn’t expect Fury to go out there and run, but I never expected him to try and push Wilder back so early. Wilder just never got going, he’s lasted his whole career on his physical and athletic attributes making up for poor textbook boxing, and Fury capitalised just so well. Just really simple techniques were giving Wilder fits, Fury would pop a jab and slightly dip to his right as he threw, so Fury’s punch would land and Wilder’s jab would sail over Fury’s left shoulder.
I always knew that Wilder was vulnerable moving backwards, we saw that in the two Ortiz fights, but in pushing Wilder back you always risk walking onto that right hand, and I know I keep repeating myself, but that is what I didn’t expect here.
In truth Wilder looked extremely ragged by the start of the 3rd and though he did land a couple of good right hands on Fury, Fury rode them and take the sting out, there was no point when Fury wasn’t in control and on my scorecard he won every round.
Though luckily the judges weren’t needed this time.
Running through the rest of the fight quickly. The right hand that caused the knockdown in the 3rd I assume was the punch that caused the bleeding out of the ear of Wilder. I’ve already seen some fans complaining that the punch was on the back of the head, and maybe it was a bit, but to those fans, it’s boxing. If you’re going to work on the inside, and both fighters are ducking and diving a bit, punches aren’t always going to land perfectly square, and let’s be honest here Wilder was hardly in control when the punch came in, this wasn’t a Danny Garcia Amir Khan type shot.
From the 4th Fury started attacking the body, and from here the writing was already on the wall for the American, Fury was inspired. Wilder tends to get the power on his right hand by travelling a distance to gather momentum, think how you see people run up to use those punch machines at fairs.
But the thing is, with Wilder more and more in reverse, and more and more on the ropes he simply didn’t have the distance available to generate the power. The danger came from when Fury tried to enter Wilder’s space and do his work on the inside, but I just think Wilder had taken so much of a beating from this point, Wilder didn’t have the balance or calmness of mind to time Fury when he came in.
At this point it’s probably right to discuss the weights of both fighters. With both coming in about 20 pounds heavier than the first, to be honest I thought it was bad move from both teams, but with that extra strength Fury was able to man handle his man on the inside, a bit of leaning and head locks yes, but essentially bully and tire the monster until he had nothing left.
I was a bit surprised about the corner throwing in the towel when they did, only because it was one of the few points in the fight when Wilder was seemingly holding his composure, despite him taking shots of course.
I never really complain with the corner throwing in the towel, because it shows a level of care in a sport when care is rarely shown, especially when there is this much money on the line but who knows, if Wilder was to take another 2 or 3 rounds, who knows the damage that Fury could’ve done.
Plus this wasn’t like the Ortiz fight where despite Wilder losing the rounds, there was a sense that he was still primed to fire the right hand. Wilder was just in there to survive at this point, and he was showing plenty of heart to try and ride out the storm, but I can’t complain with the corner saying enough is enough.
I’ll be very interested to see where Wilder goes.
I wasn’t around in the Mike Tyson era but whenever you hear people talk about him, they say that he had an aura of invincibility, and while we knew that Wilder was always vulnerable, it is going hard to convince fighters that you are there as this unstoppable executioner and “it is only a matter of time” when you just got beaten from pillar to post.
Do I think he should exercise the 3rd fight rematch clause?
I really don’t know.
Probably yes, for the reason that he has nothing to lose, and there wont be nearly the same pressure on him in the 3rd fight.
But if he himself doesn’t believe he can win the fight, then take your chance to bow out for the meantime and let the undisputed fight happen. Fight Dillian Whyte at the O2, that’s still a big fight that could get you another title shot if you win.
As for Fury, I just hope the undisputed fight happens in the UK.
Partly so I don’t have to set the alarm for 3.30am anymore.
Actually, that’s the main reason…
But partly because as British boxing fans we earnt the right for this fight to happen in the UK. Too many times has big fights involving a British fighter been in the US simply because that is the default.
It only makes sense for the two biggest fighters of this era to do it where it all started, Wembley, Old Trafford, The Emirates, I don’t care, but let’s make the fight happen.
And of course then, I might be able to get in a good 8 hours…
On the undercard Charles Martin 28 (25 KOs)-2 (1 KO)-1 defeats Gerald Washington 20 (13 KOs)-4 (4 KOs)-1 with a 6th round TKO and Emanuel Navarrete 31 (27 KOs)-1 (0 KOs)-0 retains his WBO Super Bantamweight title with a 11th round TKO of Philippine fighter Jeo Santisima 19 (16 KOs)-3 (1 KO)-0.