Tyson Fury Defeats Deontay Wilder in Rematch

Tanya Simon
February 26, 2020

He left as the undisputed king of heavyweight boxing. But his devastating right hand was never a factor, and Fury seemed to walk through it. Should the fight go 12 rounds, though, Fury is at 7-5 to win to 7-1 for Wilder. Wilder is not able to land his jab, which in turn means that he can not tee up the big right.

Fury said in the ring: "Big shout-out to Deontay Wilder, he came here tonight, he manned up and really did show the heart of a champion". He is a warrior, he will be back and be champion again.

For Wilder it was a stunning end to an unbeaten mark that had seen him knock out 41 of his previous 43 opponents.

"Things like this happen", Wilder said. By the time they got together in 1997 for a second title fight, McCall started behaving bizarrely, refusing to go back to his corner at the end of the third round and throwing only two punches in the fourth round. But it is what it is. "I already consider his hands as pillows and he ain't put nobody to sleep", Wilder said. "That's just part of it".

The packed crowd came to witness what had been hyped as the best heavyweight showdown in decades.

The bout was a far different one than when the fighters squared off in December 2018 in Los Angeles.

Buy Wilder vs Fury 2 PPV Through ESPN+. Fury thought he had won enough rounds to win, and proclaimed himself in better condition for the rematch despite weighing nearly 17 pounds heavier at 273 pounds.

After epic ring walks by both men, the fight starts quickly. He likely only survived the round when referee Kenny Bayless called timeout in the final 30 seconds and deducted a point from Fury for continually putting Wilder in a headlock.

Fury first had Wilder on the deck in the third round when a right hand landed to the American's head.

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Wilder gave his rival full credit for the victory. Once the theatrics were over, the real drama began.

Fury was similarly dominant in the next two sessions before the fifth began with another huge right, as he justified the extra stone he weighed in at from the first fight. Fury pinned him in the corner and Wilder's corner pulled their man out of the contest.

Fury, who weighed 273 pounds, had the power and snap in his punches when he needed it, and he was wily enough to lean on Wilder during the few clinches. Wilder was minus-120 and Fury even money to win, though there were plenty of other bets to keep bettors happy.

It was the first loss for Wilder in 44 fights in the 11th defence of the title he won in 2015.

Wilder's legs looked weak and wobbly and in the fifth and he was on his back again from a right hand to the ribs from Fury.

Deontay Wilder is down again! The champion had nothing left. Blood was pouring out of Wilder's ear for several rounds before Fury went in for the shoulder lick.

Fury also serenaded the crowd following the fight with an a capella rendition of Don McLean's "American Pie", which includes the refrain of "bye, bye Miss American Pie" - an obvious dig at Wilder.

Wilder was barely defending himself in the seventh round when the towel was thrown into the ring. Fury lands another left as Wilder continues to back up.

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