Video: Tyson Fury destroys Deontay Wilder in heavyweight title rematch
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.
Britain’s Tyson Fury delivered a dominant performance in his heavyweight championship bout with Deontay Wilder on Saturday, overwhelming his opponent to earn a seventh-round TKO victory in Las Vegas.
In the highly anticipated super fight rematch between the two titans, Fury took control late in the first round and never relinquished it, knocking Wilder down twice and bloodying him en route to the referee stopping the fight in the seventh, where Wilder’s corner threw in the towel.
Fury used his reach advantage to continually beat Wilder to the punch. He took total control in the third where he landed a right hand to Wilder’s left ear to drop him to the canvas.
Wilder never regained his legs or footing after that, wobbling through the rest of the match.
Fury again dropped Wilder in the fifth with a body punch and then caught him in the corner with a flurry of punches in the seventh where it ended.
After the fight ended, Fury took the microphone in the ring and tried to get the crowd to sing along to American Pie with him.
“Even the greatest have lost and come back,” Wilder said. “I make no excuses. This is what big-time boxing is all about.”
The king has returned
Wilder, who at two metres tall (six feet, seven inches) and 105kg (231 pounds) was the smaller man in the ring to the 2.05-metre (six feet, nine inches) British giant, was backpedalling the entire fight, trying to catch Fury coming in with a right hand. But he was never able to throw it effectively, and unable to deal with Fury’s jab.
Two judges had Fury winning every round, while the third gave Wilder one round. Fury had a point deducted for grabbing and pushing in the fifth round.
“He manned up and he really did show the heart of a champion,” Fury said.
“He’s a warrior, he will be back, he will be a champion again. But the king has returned.”
Fury had bulked up to 124kg (273 pounds) for the rematch, vowing to change tactics and become the big puncher.
He was true to his word, dominating early with a jab that stopped Wilder in his tracks and then landing combinations to the head and body.
Fury (30-0-1, 21 KO) came into the ring carried aloft on a throne with a crown on his head.
Then he lived up to his Gypsy King title as he made it an easy night against a fighter who had gone 12 years without losing as a pro.
For Wilder, it was a stunning end to an unbeaten streak that had seen him knock out 41 of his previous 43 opponents.
But his devastating right hand was never a factor and Fury seemed to walk through it. That was unlike the first fight 14 months ago when Wilder knocked Fury down twice on his way to a draw.
The rematch drew a sellout crowd of 15,816 that set a record of more than $17m for the live gate and was expected to do well on pay-per-view. Both fighters were guaranteed $5m but could make $40m apiece.
It was the highest-grossing live gate in Nevada history for a heavyweight fight.
Meanwhile, the rematch between heavyweight boxing champions Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder has broken the weight class’ Las Vegas gate record, per Top Rank President Todd duBoef.
He tweeted, “Today’s heavyweight title fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder has officially broken the record for a heavyweight gate in Las Vegas.
“The previous record was set in 1999 by Lewis/Holyfield II at $16,860,300 at Thomas & Mack.”
Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports noted that the fight has set a record in terms of dollar amount but that the rematch between Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis in 1999 is still No. 1 when adjusted for inflation.
Iole tweeted, “Adjusted for inflation, the $16.88 million Holyfield-Lewis 2 gate would be $25.87 million. But in terms of pure dollars, tonight’s gate is the heavyweight record.
“The world record is $72.1 million by Mayweather and Pacquiao in 2015.”
Tyson Fury has told Anthony Joshua he ‘missed his chance’ to beat Deontay Wilder and claim the WBC belt, declaring himself the number one heavyweight in the world after beating the American.
The Gypsy King delivered a masterclass in Las Vegas on Saturday night, completely overawing Wilder and leaving his opponent bloodied and bruised before his corner threw in the towel in the seventh round.
Joshua holds the rest of the belts in the division – and promoter Eddie Hearn has already teased a unification fight – but Fury is only focused on savouring his victory.
Asked about his next fight, with Wilder having a rematch clause, Fury told iFL TV: ‘He’s got a rematch clause in the contract but he’s only just had his loss and I’ve only just had my victory.
‘I’m not concentrating on other fights who cares. Let me enjoy the spoils of war.’
Asked specifically about Joshua, Fury continued: ‘No-one’s gonna ask me about Joshua because he could have been here tonight but he didn’t.
‘I took the chance, I came over here, I took over America, and that’s it. I’m going to enjoy the spoils of war and enjoy myself tonight and that’s it.’
Later asked if he’d fight Joshua if Wilder declines the trilogy fight, Fury told Behind The Gloves: ‘If Deontay don’t want the rematch, then let’s go AJ.’
Fury continued: ‘I beat Wladimir Klitschko in Germany, I beat Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles and came back and did it again in Las Vegas. Say no more.
‘Two-time Ring Magazine champion of the world, only the second man in history. WBC heavyweight champion and lineal heavyweight champion of the world.
Number one baby, that’s it.’ Wilder – who was disappointed his corner threw in the towel despite having to go to hospital – has 30 days to trigger a trilogy fight, with Fury saying he ‘showed the heart of champion, but the king has returned’.
Tommy Fury insists Anthony Joshua isn’t fit to ‘lace up Tyson Fury’s boots’ after his brother’s stunning destruction of Deontay Wilder.
Fury destroyed Wilder inside seven rounds in their highly-anticipated rematch in Las Vegas, making good on his vow to stop the knockout artist.
Tommy was in attendance for the fight and heaped praise on his brother after the incredible performance, while taking aim at three-belt world champion Joshua. ‘That’s the best piece of boxing you will ever see in your life,’ Tommy told IFL TV.
‘Everyone doubted him, everyone said he couldn’t do it all, look what has happened. ‘He keeps on proving people wrong time and time and time again. He will always do that.
I have said from day No.1 he is the best heavyweight on this planet.
‘I felt my brain was going to explode and my heart was coming out of my chest but I knew from round one that when this fight was announced he would do what he did.
‘Anthony Joshua fight will happen but Anthony Joshua isn’t fight to lace up Tyson Fury’s boots. ‘I said it the other day, now will they listen? Probably not now he’s going to prove it all over again.’
Joshua was not at ringside on the night, but his promoter Eddie Hearn called for a unification fight immediately after the bout.
Wilder has 30 days to decide whether he wants to call a third fight, which would have to happen before the summer.
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