You see the television commercials. Deontay Wilder knocks down Tyson Fury with a tremendous punch. It appears to be a knockout, but Fury surprisingly gets up landing some punches of his own.
These are short excerpts from the first Wilder-Fury fight that took place Dec. 1, 2018.
Held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, 17,600 plus in attendance, the defending WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder, undefeated, faced Tyson Fury, also undefeated, in a 12-round match.
Like many high profile fights that don’t end with a knockout, this fight ended in controversy, a draw. Wilder received a 115-111 mark from one judge while Fury was given a 114-112 mark from another. The third judge called the fight 113-113, a draw for the two fighters.
The rematch that everyone is now waiting for, a fight that the boxing world is excited about, the one that has the streets talking, is scheduled for this Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, also a 17,000 plus size arena.
Wilder, now 34, 6-foot-7, 212 and a half pounds during the first fight, has held the WBC heavyweight crown since 2015.
From Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Wilder has a 42 and 0 record, 41 knockouts in addition to his draw with Fury who’s listed at 6-foot-9, an 85 inch reach, weighing 256 and a half pounds during fight 1. Fury has 29 wins and no losses, along with his draw. Twenty of his wins were by knockout.
Fury, 31, from Manchester, England, has held varous heavyweight titles that were vacated by him, and that he was stripped of. He’s also suffered from mental health issues which led to issues with alcoholism, extreme weight gain and recreational drug use. Anti-doping violations have also been lodged against him.
Wilder dropped Fury with a short left hook followed by an overhand right in round 9. Fury beat the count and was able to continue.
In round 12, the final round, Wilder landed a right-left combination that put Fury on the canvas again. To everyone’s surprise, Fury, on his back, gets up to beat another count by the fight’s referee, returning several hard-landing, vicious punches in his defense.
According to statistics compiled by CompuBox, Wilder landed 71 of the 430 punches that he threw, 17%. Fury landed 84 of his 327 punches thrown, a rate of 26%. Fury landed more punches in 9 of the fight’s 12 rounds which gave Fury a somewhat unrealistic inclination that he’d won.
“I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight,” Fury stated shortly after during a post fight interview.
He’s carried over his innate confidence to Saturday’s sequel. In a recent press conference Fury declared, “I’m going to go out there, give him a boxing lesson, and I’m going to knock him out.”
Wilder has his own innate confidence. “This is unfinished business. I’m picking up where I left off,” said the champ. “I knocked him out the first time, I didn’t get it, but I’m going to knock him out this time again, and this time, he’s not getting up. That’s for sure. I promise you that.”
Fury and Wilder will split the proceeds of the fight 50-50. There will be a 60-40 split for the winner in fight three, which is already being planned.