By Kenneth Friedman: Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 31 KOs) took advantage of an injury WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) suffered early in Saturday’s fight to cruise to a 7th round stoppage victory in their rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wilder was bleeding all over the place from an ear injury a cut lip, and his balance was gone.
Fury used his new bulked up 273-lb frame to take the fight to the lighter 230-lb Wilder from the outset. It wasn’t long before Fury dropped Wilder in the third round after landing a nice shot. Wilder looked like he never fully recovered from that knockdown. Fury wasn’t able to finish Wilder after he got back to his feet, but he tried hard.
Wilder didn’t look good in the 4th, as he took some hard shots, and he looked like his legs were gone. Did he have a concussion? If so, that might explain why his legs were rubbery. Wilder’s foundation wasn’t there with his legs, and that prevented him from landing his power shots the way he wanted to.
The punishment from Fury continued into the 6th, and by this point, in the fight, Wilder’s team needed to think about stopping the contest. Wilder was taking massive punishment, and not looking good.
In the 7th, Wilder’s corner did the right thing in tossing in the towel to have the fight stopped. He wasn’t right tonight, and he needed saving.
Fury is now the new WBC heavyweight world champion, and you can bet that Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn is going to try and make a play to get him to face IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, in his next fight. This would be for the undisputed heavyweight championship.
As for Wilder, 34, he has a rematch clause in the contract with Fury that he can trigger to force a third fight later this year before them. However, Wilder might want to think hard about the wisdom of fighting Fury anytime soon.
Not only will there be less interest from boxing fans in wanting to pay to see Wilder and Fury fight a third time after witnessing tonight’s slaughter, but it’s a career move potentially for Wilder because he could lose just as badly.
Deontay has 30 days to make up his mind whether he wants to force the third fight with Fury by executing the rematch clause. It would be a good idea for Wilder to forget about Fury, and look to go in another direction. Deontay needs to rebuild his career right now and maybe go after IBF/WBA/WBO champion Joshua in a few fights.