by Vito Basile
you’re a boxing fan, or just a sports movie fanatic, you might recall the scene
in Rocky IV when Apollo Creed is getting his head knocked off by the Russian
Ivan Drago. It’s been just under 48 hours since the Wilder/Fury rematch took
place, and American boxing fans saw their heavyweight champ get brutally
stopped, in what most believe, was a surprise TKO by Fury in the 7th.
match began with unique intros for both Fury and Wilder. Fury was carried to
the ring on a throne carried by four women. On the other hand, Wilder made his
way to the ring in what looked like some sort of bedazzled Black Panther
costume. Both men are known for their showmanship, so this all came as no
Recap: In the first round, Wilder opened with
using his levels, straight body shots paired with his jab to the head, while also
throwing his signature right hand a little more aggressively than in the first
fight. Noticeably by the end of the round, he showed signs of fatigue, which
was going to become a factor. Fury, on the other hand, looked to be just as
comfortable as he was in the first fight, utilizing his movement, length, and
jab while being more aggressive and pushing the pace. The only round Wilder
kept it competitive was the second round, and I gave him this round on the
started the third round looking like he was already facing exhaustion, which made
me feel the night was going to end early. Fury boxed circles around him in the
third, being aggressive, picking his shots and landing power punches. Fury
knocked him down in the third, and this is where he caught Wilder on his left
ear, which started bleeding in between rounds. After this, Fury mashed Wilder
for the rest of the fight, knocking him down one more time in the fifth round.
In the seventh, the ref and Wilder’s corner simultaneously ended the fight,
keeping him from taking on any more damage.
leaned on Wilder the whole fight, which was a smart strategy that ended up
affecting the outcome. Wilder, a smaller heavyweight in terms of weight, was burning
energy throwing punches, and trying to keep a 270lb man off him.
Questions: Wilder, admittedly, was not the better
fighter on Saturday. I took issue with some of his camp’s decisions. First, I’m
curious as to why they thought putting on about 19lbs of lean muscle was the
right decision. I think it cost him the fight, or at least the chance to win.
Second, of course Wilder’s ear injury caused a lot of balance issues because it
altered his equilibrium, but it came out after the fight that Wilder had issues
with his legs during training. Third, during the fight, Wilder’s corner just
let his ear bleed, which seemed odd for me.
Conclusion: In the end, The Gypsy King (Tyson Fury)
reigns supreme. Fury, with this TKO over Wilder, cemented himself as the best
heavyweight in the division without question. Fury was a class act after the
fight, giving praise to Wilder, calling him a warrior and that he will be back,
as well as a champion again. Fury proved that not only can he be technical, but
he has the power to end the fight.
Where do we go from here: Wilder, being the
champion, does have the right within the next 30 days to exercise his rematch
clause setting up a Wilder v Fury III. I expect a rematch, but I believe both
camps will set it after Wilder recovers and Fury gets a chance to defend the
belt a couple of times. As for Fury and the heavyweight division, all eyes are
on Tyson Fury v Anthony Joshua to unify all the belts and establish who is the
best heavyweight boxer in the UK, as well as the heavyweight division. Wilder has
some options when he’s ready, like Andy Ruiz, Anthony Joshua, and a third bout
boxing fans will tell you that the one thing they absolutely hate is when
losses define and end the career of a guy like Wilder, whereas in the MMA,
everyone loves the redemption story. There’s no doubt that Fury is the best
heavyweight and a class act. He won me over, but I do expect Wilder to be back.
Fury is the Gypsy King, and for now, he does reign supreme.