Tyson Fury Shocks The World, Stops Deontay Wilder in The 7th
By: Hans Themistode
There aren’t too many moments that will leave you speechless.
The birth of your kids, marrying the love of your life and Deontay Wilder falling at the hands Tyson Fury would qualify as those sort of moments.
When the two larger than life big men stepped into the ring against one another on December 1st, 2018, they gave the fans everything that they wanted to see. The end result however, pleased no one as the contest was ruled a draw.
To say that the two had unfinished business would be an understatement. So on February 22nd, at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, they met once again. The storyline between them was a long, yet simple one.
Wilder was the power puncher who had knocked out everyone that he had faced inside of the ring. Even Fury tasted the canvas twice, when the two met the first time around. As for the Lineal champion, he was simply viewed as one of the best boxers that the Heavyweight division has ever seen.
Now that the storylines were set, the only thing that left was for them to meet in the ring once more.
To the surprise of no one, Fury made his way to the ring on with a crown safely around his head while being carried on a throne. Wilder on the other hand, sauntered his way shortly after wearing an all black metallic like jumpsuit.
Once the theatrics were gone and the opening bell rang, the fireworks began immediately.
During the build up of their rematch, Fury told every and anyone that would listen that he was going to walk straight towards Wilder and knock him out. Everyone was incredulous to his statement. Come straight ahead against the biggest puncher in boxing history?
Yet, that is exactly what Fury did. He ran right up to Wilder and flicked out his jab and over hand right. Wilder, looked completely clueless. At no point did he actually expect Fury to bring the fight to him, but he did.
As Fury kept applying the pressure, Wilder found himself backing up towards the ropes more than ever. During the final seconds of the round, he landed the shot that has crumbled everyone else before.
His right hand.
Fury simply took the shot, smiled and kept moving forward.
Something didn’t seem right here. Wilder was never truly able to get off any effective blows but when he did, they barely made a dent in Fury. Maybe the 273 pounds that Fury weighed for this fight was all apart of his master plan.
Still, it was early in the contest and Wilder had plenty of time. But then, the unthinkable happened. Fury dropped Wilder. Badly.
As Wilder rose to his feet in the third round, his left ear was bleeding profusely.
At the exact same time, the crowd at the MGM Arena said the same thing.
It was unbelievable. Fury caught Wilder with shot after shot. In the fifth round Wilder was dropped yet again. At this point, things were looking bleak for Wilder.
With everything pointing in the direction of a Fury win, there was still some belief that Wilder could get back into the contest if he could just simply land his right hand.
He did. But it meant nothing.
Fury just could not and would not be deterred on the night. With all the momentum behind him and with Wilder taking a one sided beating while falling all over himself in the middle of the ring, Fury cornered his man and dished out even more punishment.
At this point, enough was enough. The corner of Wilder threw the towel into the ring to signal for the contest to be put to an end.
Yes. Fury forced a corner stoppage in the seventh round.
At no point did Wilder look as though he was going to come back and win that bout. It was time for them to go back to the drawing board and live to see another day.
Initially pissed at the stoppage, Wilder was irate. His reign as champion was over. Still, once the former WBC belt holder regained his senses he gave full credit to Fury but he did wish that it ended in another way.
“Things like this happen. The best man won,” said Wilder. “My coach threw in the towel and I was ready to go out on my shield. I make no excuses tonight. I just wish that my corner would’ve let me go out on my shield. I’m a warrior.”
The respect between them has always been there. And with Wilder giving Fury his full credit, the new WBC champion made sure to do the same.
“I just want to say a big shout out to Deontay Wilder. He came here tonight, he manned up and he showed the heart of a champion. He is a warrior, he will be back and he will be a champion again.”
After the sentimental moment between them was over, Fury had one more message, seemingly for everyone.
“The king has returned.”
It’s On: Wilder Fury 2 Announced For February 22nd
By: Sean Crose
Just over a year after they engaged in their memorable, highly publicized battle, it’s been officially announced that Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury are set to meet in the ring again. “The long-awaited rematch of heavyweight titans is set,” Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions declared Friday, “as undefeated WBC champion Deontay ‘The Bronze Bomber’ Wilder and unbeaten lineal champion Tyson ‘The Gypsy King’ Fury will continue their rivalry in the ring on Saturday, February 22 live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in a historic, joint FOX Sports PPV & ESPN+ PPV.”
The first time Wilder and Fury met, the two giant sized fighters made sure it was a match the world would remember. Seemingly down on points, Alabama’s Wilder sent England’s Fury to the mat with a thunderous shot in the twelfth and final round. That in and of itself made the evening memorable. The fact Fury was able to rise to his feet before the 10 count before finishing the round in high fashion burned the bout into the boxing world’s collective memory. That was on December 1st of last year. Both combatants declared a rematch was in order – and now that rematch is in writing.
“I’m happy ,” says Wilder, “and I’m excited that the rematch is finally happening. “I want to give the fans what they want to see. I’ve been doing it with my last three outings – Fury, Breazeale and Ortiz. They’ve been spectacular events – from my ring walks where I gather all the energy of the people, to my uniforms that I wear to help spread that energy. Then I give them what they all come for – the knockouts, and my knockouts have been amazing. I proved myself the first time and I’m ready to do it again. It was a very controversial fight. I promise my fans that there won’t be any controversy with this one. I’m going to finish it.
”Fury, who – like Wilder – is a world class showman, is exuding excitement. “There’s no more ducking and diving,” said Fury. “The date has been set, and the ‘Bomb Squad’ is about to be securely detonated and the real champion crowned as the world watches on for the most anticipated fight in years. This is unfinished business for me, but come February 22, this dosser will finally get what’s coming to him, and I can’t wait!”
Not only are Wilder, 42-0-1, and Fury, 29-0-1, both undefeated, they represent the upper echelon of a red hot heavyweight division, one that hasn’t seen this kind of excitement and intrigue since the 1990s. Aside from the February 22nd rematch, there’s the presence of Anthony Joshua lurking nearby. The Londoner recently regained his IBF, WBA, and WBO heavyweight titles from Andy Ruiz after being stunned by the Mexican-American back in June at Madison Square Garden. Now each major fight at heavyweight may lead down the road to a single heavyweight king, something the world hasn’t seen since the era of the iconic Lennox Lewis.