If there was any debate before, just put it to rest. Tyson Fury is the king of the heavyweight division.
Fury was flawless. His boxing was spectacular. He stalked Deontay Wilder like a lion hunts its prey. He forced him back to the ropes unleashing a fury of punches, again and again, and again. So ruthlessly, that after scoring two knockdowns earlier in the fight and after a crushing annihilation in the beginning part of the seventh-round, Wilder’s longtime trainer Mark Breland was forced to throw in the towel.
Fury retained the lineal heavyweight championship and took Wilder’s WBC belt with force in front of a sold-out MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Nobody thought Fury was going to take the approach that he did. Wilder–perhaps the best puncher the sport has ever seen–has a devastating right hand. One that, if landed, would put any fighter on the canvas. In the first fight, Wilder knocked Fury down in the ninth round and then again with a brutal combination in the 12th round. A spirit in the sky swooped down and lifted Fury to finish the fight. There’s no way an opponent would be the aggressor. But Fury, who weighed in at 273 pounds, 42 pounds heavier than his opponent did just that. He backed Wilder up. He used his jab to set the tone. He used his body to throw Wilder around like a ragdoll.Embed from Getty Images
Wilder’s eardrum was thought to be busted. His jaw swollen, with a chance it’s fractured. Wilder is lucky he has a team that thinks highly of him to know, enough is enough. As he sat in the locker room, alone, with the doctors evaluating him, there’s a sense of loneliness. The effort isn’t enough. The size of the heart doesn’t matter. Emptiness. Dissatisfaction. Unless it’s a win, it’s all for nothing.
The fight was never close. Wilder never stood a chance. Fury threw punch after punch. He did what he wanted. When he wanted. However, he wanted. Fury continued to shock the world, dismantling the man many thought was untouchable.
It’s been 20 years since boxing has seen an undisputed heavyweight champion. With Fury beating Wilder to claim the WBC and lineal heavyweight championships, people are calling for a unification fight between Fury and Anthony Joshua, who holds the other three recognized heavyweight world championships (WBA, WBO and IBF).
It would be the biggest fight in the United Kingdom. They’d sell out the biggest stadium and the world will be watching, just as they did when Hasim Rahman knocked out Lennox Lewis in an upset fight in 2001 and when Lewis became the last undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, on Nov, 13th 1999.
It’s time for the unification fight. It’s time heavyweight boxing returned to where it belongs.