Fury Drops Wilder Twice, Wins The Rematch Via TKO

Back in 2018, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury clashed in a bout that was talked about for a number of reasons. A knockdown by Wilder, a Fury recovery and a split decision draw dominated the headlines. Now, two years later, Fury himself will be dominating the headlines, just like he did to Wilder.

Inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Fury (30-0-1) decimated Wilder (42-1-1), forcing the bout to be called off in the seventh round. As a result, “The Gypsy King” is now the WBC Champion to go along with The Ring and lineal Heavyweight Titles.

“A big shout out to Deontay Wilder,” Fury stated after the fight. “He came here tonight, he manned up and he really did show the heart of a champion. I hit him with a clean right that dropped him and he got back up. He’s a warrior. He will be back, he will be champion again. Butt I will say, the king has returned to the top of the throne!”

Wilder started the bout off hot, hitting a jab and a huge right. Fury, however, was moving forward, something Wilder was not used to. With a few hooks here and there Fury secured round one. Jabs were a major part of the first few rounds, as Wilder missed with major right hands that normally connect and knock down his opponents. It was Wilder who was knocked down instead, as Fury dropped him with a hard shot. The crowd, who was pro-Fury throughout, erupted.

From that point forward, Wilder’s ears started bleeding. It wouldn’t be the only part of his body that would suffer. Fury continued to dismantle Wilder in the fourth, landing body shot after body shot. Wilder, to his credit, stayed alive, but was wobbling all over the place. Fury just kept on hitting combination shots that had Wilder reeling. He then hit another body shot to Wilder that knocked him down for the second time this fight.

From there, the outcome inevitable. A point was deducted from Fury for not stopping the action when the referee told him to. Both fighters were warned prior to the deduction. it was not like it mattered, as it was a 10-8 round on a majority of the scorecards beforehand.

Before the bout, the WBC honored world champions from the past. It was fitting that Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield were there. Tyson famous for biting Holyfield, Fury took a similar route and licked the blood off the neck of Wilder.

Following a left hook and several big blows, the referee called for the fight to end in the seventh. Wilder’s corner actually had the towel in their hand, resulting in the contest being turned into a corner stoppage. Fury remains undefeated while Wilder loses his first win, ending a streak that started in 2008.

A buzz was in the air all throughout the buildup for the fight. The day before during the weigh-ins, people were questioning whether Fury coming in at over 270 pounds would play a factor. It did not negatively affect him, as he used his weight and power to move into Wilder, not giving him a chance to breathe.

“Even the greatest have lost and come back, that is just part of it,” Wilder stated following the loss. “You just take it for what it is. I can make no excuses tonight. I had a lot of complications, but we’ll come back stronger next time around. This is what big-time boxing is all about; the best must fight the best. I appreciate all the fans that came out and supported the show, and I hope that everyone gets home safe.”

Fury, who came out on a throne with a crown and a robe, serenaded the Vegas faithful with Don McLean’s “American Pie” following the win.

What’s next for Fury? there is a rematch clause in place, as per Frank Warren. Anthony Joshua may be busy potentially dealing with Kubrat Pulev. He also has to deal with mandatory IBF challenger Charles Martin, who won his eliminator bout in the co-main event against Gerald Washinton. However, if Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn has anything to say about it, we could see Fury v. Joshua very soon.

Main Card (9 p.m. ET) 

Tyson Fury def. Deontay Wilder via TKO, corner stoppage (1:39 into round 7) – WBC, the Ring and lineal Heavyweight Titles

Charles Martin def. Gerald Washington via KO (1:57 into round six)

Emanuel Navarrete (c) def. Jeo Santisima via KO (2:20 into round 11) – WBO Junior-Featherweight Title

Sebastian Fundora def. Daniel Lewis via unanimous decision (97-93, 98-92, 99-91)

Prelims (7:30 p.m. ET)

Petros Ananyan def. Subriel Matias via unanimous decision (96-93, 95-94, 95-94)

Javier Molina def. Amir Imam via unanimous decision (79-73, 78-74, 78-74)

Early Prelims (5 p.m. ET) 

Rolando Romero def. Arturs Ahmetovs via TKO (1:22 into second round)

Gabriel Flores Jr. def. Matt Conway via unanimous decision (80-71, 80-71, 79-72)

Vito Mielnicki Jr. def. Corey Champion via unanimous decision (40-34, 40-34, 40-35)

Isaac Lowe def. Alberto Guevara via unaimous decision (96-87, 96-87, 96-88)

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