The boxing world witnessed a phenomenal battle on Saturday — one that will go down in history as one of the biggest comebacks in heavyweight boxing.
For most the final results should have been different — Tyson Fury clearly was the better boxer of the bout. However, the judges didn’t feel the same way as they ruled the fight as a draw (115-111 for Deontay Wilder, 114-112 for Fury, and 113-113). This means Wilder gets to hold on to his World Boxing Council (WBC) belt for much longer.
Since making his way to the heavyweight championship in 2015 against Wladimir Klitschko, this was Fury’s first significant fight in years, and I can say time has made the ‘Gypsy King’ a lot better.
Looking at Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) trade jabs with one of the fiercest punchers in present world heavyweight. It was hard to reconcile him with the same man who battled mental illness and substance abuse for the most part of the last three years, and even billowed to as high as 400 pounds in 2017.
Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) was out to end Fury in the first four rounds, but he too was shocked by the dexterity and resilience of the British boxer. And, though Wilder landed some real heavy signature left hooks that literally floored the Brit, Fury controlled the game and proved himself the better fighter in the 12 round encounter.
Who Will Joshua Face In April 2019?
Now that the WBC title match is behind us, eyes have turned to the unified heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, to see if he will honor his initial plan to fight the winner of Saturday’s encounter.
Matchroom boxing promoter, Eddie Hearn, has told the Mail how AJ reacted to the fight.
“I have spoken to Joshua since Saturday and his position is unchanged – he believes he will stop anyone put in front of him. If anything, the way that fight went on Saturday works in our favour in terms of getting Wilder. That has always been the fight we want because he has the last belt.”
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