It may not have ended the way most boxing fans thought it would but Deontay Wilder’s (40-0-1, 39 KO) main event title fight with Tyson Fury (27-0-1, 19 KO) last night (Sat., Dec. 1, 2018) live on Showtime pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., delivered absolute fireworks.
Fury landed the more significant shots in the early going, scoring points with lead jabs and putting the pressure on Wilder in the final moments of each round. Wilder worked back with some hard punches to the body and a stiff jab towards the end of the fourth round that busted up Fury’s nose.
Wilder seemed to slow in the middle rounds as his power punches failed to do much damage. Fury took advantage and found a home for a few crisp combinations before landing a blistering right hand. “Gypsy King” kept busy with a lead jab and body work in the eighth while avoiding Wilder’s counter advancements.
All of that changed in the ninth when a right hand behind the ear by “Bronze Bomber” knocked Fury down in a hurry. Fury would return to his feet and Wilder charged forward with furious combinations. The 10th round saw Fury respond with straight rights down the pipe.
Fury continued his onslaught in the 11th frame by getting inside and throwing hooks to the body. Wilder fought back in the final frame by laying Fury out with a perfectly-timed right hand-left hand combination. Fury looked to be out for a few seconds before shaking it off and returning to his feet. Wilder poured it on again but Fury stayed alive and managed to land his own statement right. Both heavyweights exchanged in the final moments as the LA crowd rose to their feet.
In the end, the heavyweight clash was deemed a split-decision draw with scores of 115-111 in favor of Wilder, 114-110 for Fury, and 113-113.
Check out the massive knockdown by Wilder above, as well as more action below:
While fight fans didn’t get the finish they were probably hoping for Wilder at least delivered two memorable knockdowns, while Fury proved game with his jab and defensive movements. Wilder’s combination in the 12th seemed to put “Gypsy King” out for good, but Fury’s durability allowed this fight to go to the judges’ scorecards and potentially set up a massive rematch.
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