- Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury was one of the most thrilling heavyweight bouts we’ve seen in years
- The fight ended in a split draw, so a sequel is very much in the cards
- Wilder opens as the betting favorite for the sequel
We’re entering a new golden age of heavyweight boxing. The marquee division has stagnated in recent years, with boxing fans shifting their attention to the lower weight classes. But the bout between unofficial lineal champ Tyson Fury and WBC champ Deontay Wilder has pulled the spotlight back on the big guys.
We saw the very best of both fighters last weekend. Fury put on a boxing masterclass, silencing his doubters and showing the world that the Gypsy King is well and truly back. Wilder showcased his devastating power, knocking Fury to the canvas on two occasions and coming inches from ending the fight.
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The fight reached its climax in the twelfth round. Wilder had landed a knockdown earlier in the ninth round, while Fury had dominated the rest of the fight. It looked as though the Gypsy King was set for a comfortable decision win.
Then Wilder connected with a vicious left hook and laid Fury flat on his back, seemingly ending the fight. The referee began the count and the Gypsy King somehow peeled himself off the canvas to finish the round.
The went to the judges and they couldn’t settle on a winner. The decision: a split draw.
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Almost everyone felt that Fury had done enough to win the fight, despite the two knockdowns, and so it’s peculiar that the Bronze Bomber once again opens as the betting favorite. Wilder’s technique is laughable at times but his right hand is the great equalizer. Even after being thoroughly out-boxed for the entire fight, he was still able to send Fury tumbling in the final round. Regardless of how the fight is going, we can never count out Wilder. Fury was able to rise from the canvas but almost any other fighter would have stayed down.
The rematch will be one of the biggest fights in recent heavyweight history.
In many ways, Tyson Fury looked better than ever. After a two-year layoff where he battled drug addiction, depression, and weight issues, there were questions over whether the former undisputed champ was still the fighter he once was. His two tune-up fights were uninspiring performances, leading many to suspect he needed more time before challenging the upper echelons of the division. They were proven wrong.
The rematch will be one of the biggest fights in recent heavyweight history. Anthony Joshua remains the heavyweight king and the division’s pay-per-view star, but for a brief moment, the boxing world was fixed entirely on Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. The two fighters took a huge gamble and it paid off for both of them. The sequel will be one of the biggest events in recent years.