All eyes were one the boxing ring this last Saturday. Boxing took center stage in the manner of the highly anticipated rematch between undefeated heavyweights Tyson Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs) and Deontay Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs). Wilder’s World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight championship belt was on the line in what is being dubbed the most significant heavyweight bout since the Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield rematch in 1997. Tyson vs. Holyfield 2 is notoriously known as “The Bite Fight,” where Tyson bit Holyfield’s ear twice during the fight after becoming upset that Holyfield continued to head butt him over the course of the bout.
Wilder vs. Fury 1 took place back in December of 2018 when the two fought to a controversial split draw. The scorecards read 115-111 for Wilder, 114-112 for Fury, and the third judge seeing it 113-113. It was an incredibly entertaining bout that was an instant classic. Many believed Fury should have been victorious by outscoring Wilder over the course of 12 rounds, but Wilder scoring knockdowns in both the ninth and 12th rounds bridged the gap to make the decision controversial.
The knockdown delivered by Wilder in the 12th round was the lasting image from the first fight. In what was something out of a movie, Wilder delivered a thunderous combo that sent Fury to the canvas – looking unconscious. Right before the ref reached the 10-second count, Fury sat up like the WWE’s Undertaker and rose to his feet, shocking the world. To add to the craziness, Fury arguably outboxed Wilder the final two minutes of the round after getting back to his feet.
The big fight buzz has made its way through the UW-Stout campus as well.
“I can always tell how big a fight is because non-fight fans start talking to me about it,” explained devoted fight fan and sophomore Dominick Yates. “Probably like 15 people have asked me who I think wins for Fury vs Wilder 2.”
Yates expected the rematch lasting the full 12 rounds, just like the first bout. However, this time he sees Fury getting the nod from the judges. Yates said, “Fury is not easy to hit. Wilder will have a hard time trying to land one of those big haymakers.”
UW-Stout senior, Matthew Johnson, sees the rematch going in the other direction. “I’ve got Wilder. I think Wilder can know him, but it will be close,” said Johnson.
As for the rest of the 22 students who participated in predictions for the fight, 55% sided with “The Gypsy King,” Tyson Fury.
One thing we can all be happy about is the fact that this rematch actually happened. In a time where the sport of boxing often doesn’t see the very best boxers face one another due to roadblocks like conflicting promotions, this is a gigantic step in the right direction. In Fury vs Wilder 2, we got to see the two best heavyweights in the world square off and determine who is truly number one.
Just as the student body predicted, Saturday night belonged to Fury, who scored a 7th round TKO (corner stoppage).
Fury took back the title of heavyweight champ. From start to finish, it was pure domination. The adjustment Fury made to come with forward pressure and knockout aggression had Wilder looking far from his normal self. To most watching, Fury didn’t lose a single round.
Fury first scored a knockdown at the end of round two with a big right hand to the back of Wilder’s ear. Wilder wasn’t the same after that shot. Wilder was dropped again in the fifth round with a body shot. In the seventh round, Fury continued to overwhelm the scariest knockout puncher of all time, as Wilder’s blood spilled out of his ear. At this point, Wilder’s corner had to save Wilder from his own drive and threw in the towel to wave off the fight. Wilder showed championship heart, but Fury was just too much and won the WBC world heavyweight boxing title.
Here’s to hoping that we get another historic boxing match in striking while the iron is hot and booking Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) next. That is, if Wilder doesn’t exercise his contractual rematch clause within the next 30 days.
Boxing needs an undisputed champion. For now, congrats to the king of boxing, Tyson Fury.