Deontay Wilder knocks Tyson Fury out – Viddal Riley
By Tim Royner: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will be fighting Tyson Fury next in an important rematch on February 22 on ESPN and Fox. The winner of this fight could face IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua down the road in 2021 or later.
KSI trainer Viddal Riley thinks Fury won the first fight with Wilder despite being dropped twice, and knocked unconscious in the 12th. However, Riley doesn’t think Fury will be able to get up off the canvas in the rematch when Wilder drops him again. This time, Riley thinks Fury will stay down, and will be counted out.
Fury’s fans think he deserved win over Wilder last year
Some boxing fans believe that Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs) will out-box Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs) in their rematch, and take his WBC title. Those are the fans that think that Fury, 31 deserved a win over Wilder in their fight last December in Los Angeles, California. The fight was scored a draw, but Wilder had the 6’9″ Brit on the deck twice in the championship rounds.
The referee chose not to stop the fight in the 12th round when Fury was knocked unconscious by a 1-2 combination from Wilder. Some boxing fans second guess the referee’s decision not to stop the fight on the spot out of safety concerns.
Looking at the fight from a logical perspective, Wilder is the one that should have won the fight. Referees don’t typically keep a fight going when someone is knocked down the way that Fury was in the 12th by Wilder. It was Wilder’s back luck that he had Jack Reiss as the referee for the Fury fight. In the rematch, Reiss obviously won’t be the one that will be working as the referee. So if Wilder knocks Fury out again, the chances are high that the fight will be stopped this time.
Wilder will KO Fury in rematch – KSI trainer
“I think Wilder knocks Fury out,” said KSI trainer Viddal Riley to Mayweather’s Boxing Channel. “I think Fury won the first fight. The amount of concentration, focus to get that performance, and to still get a draw. The way that he rose from the dead the first time, that stuff doesn’t happen twice.
“If he gets hit like that this time, he will stay down. I can’t bet against Wilder. He loses every round, and then he hits you, and it’s done,” said Riley.
Fury can certainly get up from another knockdown, but it will require that the referee be willing to give a count to him while he’s lying unconscious. Will a referee do that? Probably not. It’s too risky.
Top Rank Boxing promotions decided against letting Fury fight Wilder in a rematch straightaway after they signed him earlier this year. They say that they wanted to let the Wilder-Fury second fight marinate, but some believe that they were worried about the concussion that Fury had received.
Sometime’s fighters’ punch resistance drops after they’re badly hurt in a fight. If there are lingering issues with Fury from the 12th round knockdown he suffered against Wilder, then he might not last long in the rematch.
Luis Ortiz fought Wilder better than Fury did
“So how can you bet against him? It’s actually crazy. [Luis] Ortiz was boxing a better fight than Fury was against him, and then he turned, one-two, boom-boom, done. I can’t bet against him,” said Riley.
Luis Ortiz fought a lot better than Fury did in his recent fight against Wilder in their fight last month on November 23, and yet it still didn’t help. Wilder lost every round until catching Fury with a right hand in the 7th to knock him out.
Unlike Fury, Ortiz didn’t put the boxing fans asleep by running around the ring the entire time, spoiling and making it boring against Wilder. Ortiz stood in front of Wilder, and out-boxed him in an entertaining fight. It still didn’t matter though, as Wilder waited until the perfect moment to unleash one of his big right hands to knock the talented Cuban out in the 7th.
If Fury gets knocked out by Wilder, his career won’t be over. Just like Joshua, Fury can come again, and his popularity might increase from the loss. Boxing fans will be more interested in seeing a third fight between Wilder and Fury than otherwise would be. Of course, Fury can’t count on Wilder eating like a pig, and coming into the third fight weighing 283 lbs like we saw with Andy Ruiz Jr. in his rematch against Anthony Joshua. Wilder isn’t going to do that.