Tyson Fury delivered on just about everything he promised in the lead-up to his huge rematch tonight with Deontay Wilder, aggressively punishing Wilder and winning a seventh round TKO to claim the WBC heavyweight title in Las Vegas.
Fury (30-0-1, 21 KO) was on the front foot from the start of the fight, and Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KO) never found any real answers. Fury put Wilder down on a right hand to the ear (maybe to the back of the head with the way Wilder turned) in round three, and from there it looked as though Wilder may have suffered a burst eardrum, bleeding heavily from the ear, with his jaw swelling up over the rest of the fight.
Fury, 31, put Wilder down again in the fifth round, this time on a body shot. Wilder, 34, was tough and tried to hang in there, but it became a beatdown, a true assault from Fury, who went for the finish constantly. Kenny Bayless, the referee, took a point from Fury later in the fifth round for something or other (it wasn’t terribly clear), but it didn’t matter. It was Tyson Fury’s night, plain and simple.
After a one-sided sixth round with Fury continuing to dominate, Fury came back out in the seventh for more of the same. About halfway into the round, Wilder’s trainer Jay Deas threw the towel with Fury unloading shots on Wilder, who was pinned in the corner. The official time of stoppage was 1:39 of round seven.
Wilder, of course, was upset about the stoppage, because he’s absolutely a warrior. But his corner made the right call. Wilder had no answers and was physically not in this fight anymore, as much as he wanted to be.
“The best man won, but I would’ve gone out on my shield,” Wilder said after the fight. “I wish that my corner would have let me go out on my shield. I’m a warrior. But he did what he did, and we’ll come back. Even the greatest have lost and come back from it. We’ll come back even stronger the next time around. This is what big time boxing is all about. The best must fight the best.”
“He manned up, he really did show the heart of a champion,” Fury said. “He is a warrior, he will be back, he will be a champion again. But I will say, the king has returned to the top of the throne.”
— BAD LEFT HOOK