Deontay Wilder has spent a career crushing fighters with his legendary power. But tonight, Tyson Fury manhandled, bloodied and dropped him twice for a dominant seventh round TKO to capture the WBC heavyweight title.
From the initial moments of round one, Fury controlled distance with his jab and put Wilder in retreat. Although Wilder would landed several right powerful hands, Fury’s heavier bulk allowed him to take the shots while Wilder looked visibly uncomfortable from the constant pressure.
Wilder faired better with his jab in the second, but Fury began leaning on him in clinches with headlocks and clubbing body shots. The one-sided beating began in the third when a cuffing right hand dropped Wilder on his face.
The equlibrium shot also cut Wilder’s ear, which bled the remainder of the fight. Another knockdown followed in the fifth from a body shot. By this time, Wilder was exhausted with a bloody mouth and swollen face accompanying the leaking ear.
Although Fury’s roughhousing resulted in a dubious point deduction in the fifth, Fury continued his forward assault.
The end came with Wilder cornered and abused with a neck-snapping straight right which made his corner wave the white towel.
Wilder accepted the defeat, but alluded to physical complications that compromised his performance.
“I’m doing good,” said Wilder. “Things like this happen. The best man won tonight. My corner threw in the title but I’m willing to go out on my shield. My legs were weak coming into the fight but I make no excuses. We’ll come back in December.
“Even the greatest have lost and come back. You take it for what it is. We had a lot of complications but we’ll come back stronger next time.”
Fury commended Wilder’s bravery and toughness for carrying on after the knockdowns.
“He really did show the heart of the champion,” said Fury. “He’s a warrior and he will be back. But I will say, the king has returned to the top of the crown!”
Fury and Wilder can potentially face each other again this year if the latter opts to exercise the rubbermatch clause.