By Cameron Buford, Whatsgoodinsports.com
Las Vegas, NV- After months of talks and promotions from industry titans, ESPN and FOX the long-awaited WBO Heavyweight Championship rematch between current WBO Champion Deontay Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) and Lineal Champion Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 23 KOs) was upon us this past Saturday night at the MGM Grand Arena. In the ring is where these two men would decide who would reign supreme over the division as well as all of boxing.
Before Saturday night the Tuscaloosa, AL. native Deontay Wilder held the WBO Heavyweight Championship belt from 2015- 2020. Coming into this fight with a knock out to win ratio of 98% Wilder also had double-digit titles defenses since retaining his Championship belt. His punching power has been world-renowned and has been credited for a large part of his championship success.
In the promotion leading up to this fight, Lineal Champion and Wythenshawe, Manchester native, Tyson Fury told everyone what his strategy would be for the fight when he predicted a 2nd round knockout. Where many boxing fans and pundits chalked this up to overconfidence and bluster, when in fact, this was his actual game plan. Fury and his team were not shy about their game plan in the least.
Not only did most media members not believe in this strategy, apparently neither did Wilder and his camp. Though both men came into the ring heavier than their previous matchup, Fury seemed to handle his weight gain better than former champion Deontay Wilder. From the opening bell, Fury applied the pressure not allowing Wilder to load up cock and fire that powerful right hand.
With 30 seconds remaining in the 3rd Round, Tyson Fury landed a right hand to the left ear area Deontay Wilder. This punch appeared to the knock Wilder of hi equilibrium and add to discomfort for Wilder. After four rounds in the books, Tyson Fury was dominating this fight.
As Fury applied the pressure on Wilder, he continued to lean on him at every chance he got, seemingly wearing Wilder’s legs out. Coming out of the corner in the 5th round, the continuous pressure Fury applied allowed him to catch Wilder again with a solid right hand that let most people watching know that this would be his night. As directed by his corner, Fury’s faint, faint, the left then connected with a powerful right hand, that had Wilder gasping for air and trying to regain his senses.
Through Referee Kenny Bayless did warn both punchers about throwing punches after the clinches, Fury continued to strategically attack Wilder’s body. By making this a rough fight for Wilder, Fury was able to break down Wilder who had no response for Fury’s throwing punches each time the refs tried to break up the fighters.
Midway through the 5th round, Tyson Fury connected on a left punch to the head Wilder’s followed by a left punch to the mid-section which sent Wilder to the canvas for the second time in the fight. After Bayless took a point away from Fury for punching on the breaks in this round, Fury continued to punish Wilders with clean right hands to his jaw that kept him on the defense and never allowed him to get his punches off.
Where Fury appeared to be emboldened by the taste of Wilder blood at the end of the 6th round, there strangely was a little instruction or encouragement coming up from Wilder’s corner team between rounds 6 and 7. Having been battered to this point in the fight Wilder was clearly in retreat mode as they came into the 7th round, by contrast, Fury was on a seek and destroy mission. As Wilder remained in retreat mode and fell in the corner allowing Fury to zero in on him, with 1:18 remaining in the 7th round Mark Breland threw in the towel on behalf of Deontay Wilder.
Never short of confidence Tyson Fury came into this fight after training with famous Kronk Gym Trainer Javan “Sugarhill” Steward whose intent was to improve his punching power and offensive skill set. In perfect fashion Fury summarized this fight by saying in his post-fight press conference “Wilder couldn’t knock me out when I was 50% of the man that I am today!”
In the ring after the fight in front of the sold-out crowd 15,816 in attendance Tyson Fury was somewhat complimentarily of Wilder, “A big shout out to Deontay Wilder. He came here tonight and he manned up and he did show the heart of a champion. I hit him with a clean right that dropped him and he got back up. He is a warrior. He will be back. He will be champion again. But I will say, the king has returned to the top of the throne!” In his post-fight comments
Humbly Wilder said in defeat, “I’m doing good. Things like this happen. The best man won tonight, but my corner threw in the towel and I was ready to go out on my shield. I had a lot of things going on heading into this fight. It is what it is, but I make no excuses tonight. I just wish my corner would have let me go out on my shield. I’m a warrior. He had a great performance and we will be back stronger.”
Wilder continued to say, “Even the greatest have lost and came back, that is just part of it. 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 safely.”
Only a supremely confident man would come into the ring to Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” for a heavyweight championship fight. Tyson Fury has proved once again not to be confident but a champion by overcoming severe adversities in life to retain the WBO Championship. Kindly share your thoughts on the Wilder/ Fury rematch by simply commenting in the comment section of this article on www.whatsgoodinsports.com or by following me on Twitter @whatsgoodnsport for immediate engagement. Additionally, subscribe to our weekly “Voice of the Fans Podcast” which is available for you on most podcasting platforms, Apple and Google Podcasts including Spotify, TuneIn, and iHeart Radio. As always, we certainly appreciate you for making our voice your choice!