LAS VEGAS — In the lead-up to the rematch of their epic heavyweight title combat, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury every promised to win by knockout — Wilder as a result of he’s extensively thought of the toughest puncher in historical past, and Fury as a result of he mentioned he wanted a brand new method.
Only Fury delivered on that pledge.
Fury battered Wilder over six-and-a-half brutal rounds, dropping him twice, and pounding on him till Wilder’s nook stopped the combat early within the seventh.
With the win, Fury grew to become the World Boxing Council heavyweight champion, and made an emphatic assertion in his case to be thought of the world’s greatest heavyweight. The knockout loss was Wilder’s first defeat in 44 fights, whereas Fury improved his document to 30-0-1.
The two males first fought in December 2018, when a measured and tactical Fury constructed an enormous lead on the judges’ scorecards earlier than Wilder scored two late knockdowns. That bout resulted in a cut up draw, and arrange Saturday’s big-money, high-stakes rematch.
Fury dominated, imposing his dimension — he weighed 273 kilos, in contrast with 231 kilos for Wilder. He managed distance with a stiff jab, and used it to arrange onerous proper fingers and thudding physique photographs. In clinches, Fury leaned on the lighter Wilder, or wrenched his neck till the referee, Kenny Bayless, may separate them. At one level, Fury even wagged his tongue close to Wilder’s bloody neck.
By Round 6, Wilder appeared exhausted, and within the seventh Fury trapped him in a nook and pummeled him till Wilder’s nook threw within the towel.
Afterward Fury, who held 4 heavyweight titles earlier than retiring in 2016, signaled his intention to rule the heavyweight division.
“The king has returned,” he mentioned throughout an interview within the ring earlier than grabbing the microphone to steer the group in singing Don McLean’s “American Pie.”
- During the undercard, heavyweight Charles Martin knocked out Gerald Washington within the sixth spherical of the co-main occasion.
- Emanuel Navarrete stopped Jeo Santisima within the 11th spherical to retain his 122-pound title.