Fight of the year, Fight of the Decade, Fight of the Century. It honestly doesn’t matter what you want to call it, this rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury is must see tv. Tonight, two of the highest performing heavyweights in recent boxing history go toe to toe in an epic showdown that will decide who takes the heavyweight crown! Their first fight 15 months ago was one for the ages and will be remembered for years to come. Both fighters didn’t back down, showed tremendous heart and fought down to the last bell which ultimately lead to a draw. A draw isn’t something you necessarily want on your record but for this bout it was deserved. Fury showed his true sense of foot and head movement which for someone who is 6 foot 9 inches and 257 lbs is damn near impossible. Fury’s ability to throw a one two punch, move around the ring and keep Wilder at a distance he isn’t familiar with was something truly special to watch. Let’s be honest, Fury unarguably took Wilder to school.
Although Wilder was down, that special warrior spirit he possesses couldn’t be denied. Wilder has the gift of being able to always find that one punch. He has proven in 40 knockouts and he proved it that night as well. During the 12th round, Wilder hit Fury with a barrage of punches that could have been missed with a blink of the eye. Wilder aka The Bronze Bomber threw a vicious right then proceeded to follow with a left hook while Fury was on his way down. The bigger they are the harder they fall as they say. Fury hit the canvas faster than online bots for Jordan releases. Crowd goes crazy, Deontay does his celebration and thinks the fight is over. Fury must have been possessed by The Undertaker that night because the way he got up from that knockdown was truly chilling and down right creepy. Fury miraculously gets up and the fight ends in a draw.
So who wins the rematch? The blueprint for both fighters is simple.
Though Wilder has an uncanny ability to find that perfect punch, he has a lot he needs to work on. His inability to jab allows his opponent to control the fight and scorecards. Wilder also has a tendency to throw his skills out the window and pounce on an opponent once a good shot lands. This is a terrible technique because it leaves himself open for counters and that lucky punch. His key to winning is to control the fight, stay patient and continue to use his one two. When Wilder does that, he is unstoppable.
Fury’s blueprint to win is a little more difficult. In order to win a decision against Wilder, he has to be perfect in every aspect of the fight. In this fight, Fury’s biggest enemy is his right eye that required immediate surgery after his last fight against Otto Wallin. Though it wasn’t his best fight, Fury did everything in his power to mask the pain and keep his hopes alive for a Wilder rematch by defeating Wallin in a decision. In the third round, Wallin tagged Fury’s right eye that eventually got uglier by the 6th. Fury’s eye wasn’t for the squeamish. The ref had to stop the fight multiple times and at one point was very close to stopping the bout. Fury’s camp was confident that the damage came from a headbutt but the cameras don’t lie. Once Fury realized his belt was on the line, he turned up the heat.
Fury’s eye required a total of 47 stitches. Although Fury says that he isn’t worried about it, only time will tell. In order to win this bout, Fury must keep the distance between him and Wilder close. Keeping Wilder close limits his ability of the one two setup and keeps him low in the scorecards.
Fury came in weighing 275 pounds for the final weigh in. Heavier than his last fight. His camp has shown they aren’t worried and intend to get the early knockout. In all honesty, it’s hard to believe Fury will get a knockout when his punching power is compared to pillow cases. Fury has never shown that he posses true power that can level his opponent. His game plan to get an early knockout is just a facade for what he truly does best and that is BOX! If Wilder camp was smart, they wouldn’t fall into these antics. Fury is a fighter known to try and get into your head/under your skin as a defensive tactic to make his opponent second guess their skills. By him saying that he will get an early knockout is unlikely and a troll.
Fury entrance performance demands dominance and shows his confidence. In my years of boxing, I have never seen a boxer come into the ring with the with ring girls carrying him like Xeroxes from 300. Fury has showed up to the ring as if his presence is a present and it radiated self-assurance.
Wilder is a man of many words and didn’t fail to show that during his intro. Who better to choose than the up and coming rapper D Smoke. Wilder’s outfit and ring walk in performance is the pure example of Black Excellence. Though he looks like a Overwatch character.
Post Fight Analysis
“Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!”. Seems as if Howard Cosell was commentating after that huge eruption from Fury absolutely demolishing Wilder in a rematch. From the opening bell to the TKO, there was a great deal of punches coming from Fury that Wilder couldn’t defend. Fury looked better than ever even though he was at his heaviest weight in his career. The head movements, reflex time and jab use was exceptional. The Gypsy King was able to turn his style from boxer to puncher and fully utilize his game plan from the jump. To say the least, being surprised by his ability to do so may be an understatement.
On the other hand, Wilder couldn’t find the “One Punch”. Wilder failed to use his jab and at a point just stopped throwing punches. He spent majority of the fight on his back foot which is a NO FLY ZONE! Wilder only threw 55 punches and landed 15 (33%). Fury managed to land 58 punches out of 160 thrown. That stat is truly chilling and doesn’t match statistics from the first fight whatsoever. In the first bout both fighters threw over 700 punches.
So what made this bout different that the first?
Fury was aggressive and in Wilder’s personal space limiting his ability to throw that astonishing right hand. Fury’s consistent use of that jab led to many open right hands that landed flush and eventually deteriorated Wilder’s stamina. Once Fury shattered Wilder’s theory, it was truly a beating after that. Wilder’s boxing skills and stamina were exposed and it showed. It seemed as if Wilder was gassed and winded by the third round.
Wilder did everything in this fight that he WASN’T supposed to do. In my opinion, his camp should be in held responsible for this putrid performance. What is his training regime? Did they at least go over how to handle getting knocked down? The answer is clear as day, NO!
Now with his first loss on his record, I think it’s time for him to pack up and find another training camp. All great things must come to an end. There isn’t a doubt in my mind that he will be back in the ring but it’s time to go back to the drawing board and make necessary changes in order to regain his title.
The Bronze Bomber aka Wilder has been taken down and Fury is the new WBO Heavyweight champion of the world. First loss for Wilder in over 10 years and 11 title defenses. This isn’t the end for the BOMMB SQUADDDD but the bomb has been defused for the time being.