Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury

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Wilder vs. Fury Fight Poster

Deontay Wilder 213 lbs drew with Tyson Fury 256 lbs by SD in round 12 of 12

Bout Summary

Wilder retained his WBC World Heavyweight title on a split decision draw, marking the first time both the 40-0 Wilder and the 27-0 Tyson Fury did not win. Maintaining a consistent herky jerky style with nonstop feigning and continuous foot movement, the bigger and taller Fury had reach advantage and ultimately proved hard to hit, and appeared to win rounds three through eight, with other rounds somewhat closer. Wilder bloodied Fury's nose with jabs in the fourth round. Referee Jack Reiss had only to deal with occasional holding by Fury whenever Wilder tried to get inside. Wilder missed punches when his reach fell short, but he did drop Fury about a minute in the ninth round from what appeared to be a short glancing right hand to the left ear. Fury beat the count, and Wilder could not land another big shot despite his 10-8 round. Instead, Fury landed hard rights in the the remainder of the ninth round and early in the tenth round. At times, Fury showboated, putting his hands behind his back, and sticking out his tongue, but Wilder remain composed and focused. A solid right-left combination from Wilder floored Fury onto his back in the twelfth and final round, who looked out but somehow got up and beat the count yet again, and finished the bout.

Ringside commentator Paul Malignaggi felt Fury won the bout, and stated judge Alejandro Rochin's 115-111 scorecard was wrong. Fury was graceful and grateful after the bout, embracing Wilder warmly, thanking Wilder for the opportunity and stating "God Bless America", and making chicken gestures in reference to the other heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua still not fighting either himself nor Wilder. Ringside commentator and boxing historian Steve Farhood had it 115-111 for Fury. Not everyone agreed.

Fury held the lineal heavyweight title coming into this bout, having taken two and a half years off to seek treatment for alcoholism, cocaine addiction, and depression, and had to come down from almost 400 pounds to 256 under the guidance of trainer Ben Davison. Freddie Roach and Ricky Hatton were also in his corner. Trainer Mark Breland was in Wilder's corner. This was not the first time two undefeated heavyweight champions had met in a heavyweight titular contest. 26-0 Smokin' Joe Frazier dropped the then 31-0 Muhammad Ali in round 15 and went on to retain the linear world heavyweight title at Madison Square Garden in 1971.

Both Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, in the post fight commentary, entertained the possibility of a USA Showtime rematch in the future. Wilder had a mandatory rematch clause in his contract if he had lost the bout. USA Showtime broadcast the four main event bouts on the eleven bout card, including heavyweight Luis Ortiz' tenth round stoppage of Travis Kauffman in a scheduled 10 rounder. Wilder's younger brother, 2-0 cruiserweight Marsellos Wilder, opened the card with a four round unanimous decision over David Damore. Former heavyweight contender Chris Arreola and 2016 Olympic Games Super Heavyweight Silver Medalist Joe Joyce both won on the untelevised portion of the card. Boxers in attendance at ringside included Evander Holyfield, Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Riddick Bowe.

Notes

  • Attendance: 17,698.
  • Official Scorecards.
  • Compubox Punch Statistics [1]:
    • Punches Landed & Thrown: Tyson Fury 84 of 327, Deontay Wilder 71 of 430.
    • Power Shots Landed & Thrown: Tyson Fury 38 of 104, Deontay Wilder 31 of 182.
    • Jabs Landed & Thrown: Tyson Fury 46 of 223, Deontay Wilder 40 of 248.
  • The fight generated 325,000 pay-per-view buys on Showtime and $24.3 million in pay-per-view revenue. [2]

Boxing Trivia

Seven undefeated world heavyweight champions existed at the time of this bout, claimants to both major and minor versions of the world title: Deontay Wilder (40-0), holder of the World Boxing Council version of the world heavyweight title; Tyson Fury (27-0), holder of the lineal heavyweight title; Anthony Joshua (22-0), holder of the World Boxing Association Super World Heavyweight title, World Boxing Organization World Heavyweight Title, International Boxing Federal World Heavyweight Title, and International Boxing Organization World Heavyweight Title; claimant Trevor Bryan (20-0), holder of the World Boxing Association regular version of the world heavyweight title; Michael Wallisch (19-0), holder of the Global Boxing Union version of the World Heavyweight title; Erzen Rrustemi (13-0), the World Boxing Federation World Heavyweight titleholder; and Alexander Frank (15-0-1), holder of the Universal Boxing Organization version of the world heavyweight title. Not all were undefeated, however. Ivica Perkovic, holder of the World Boxing Union (German Version) World Heavyweight title, with an undistinguished record of 26-34.