Wilder - Fury

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What great names for two fighters taking each other on.

My view of the fight: Fury is a vastly under-rated defensive fighter. Everybody looks bad against him because, besides being 6-9 and hard to reach, he's got good reflexes and leans away from punches or blocks them well. he's got a good jab and decent hand speed. He's not a big puncher and tends to clown too much but he's really a very good fighter. Deontay Wilder is a heavyweight Tommy Hearns: all arms and legs but a devastating puncher. He doesn't jab enough and is well named for his punching style. he throws long, looping punches that a good defensive fighter like Fury can avoid. But all he needs to do (normally) is to land one and then the opponent doesn't know where he is. Wilder then overwhelms him with quick and powerful combinations. He's been behind in several of his fights to good boxers but then comes the big bomb and he wins in a knock out.

But Fury frustrated and befuddled Wilder for most of the fight and counter-punched effectively. I had him winning 6 of the 12 rounds with one even. I thought Wilder did enough to win round 2 and Fury kind of took rounds 5 and 6 off. Then Wilder landed the big one in round nine and downed Fury. But Fury, who had been down in three previous fights and come on to win, got up and Wilder was unable to land the violent flurries that had taken out past opponents. He got tired throwing his haymakers and Fury was already making his comeback before the round ended. he resumed control of the fight until midway through the 10th when a desperate Wilders got busy and turned the tide of a round i graded even because each man had won half the round. Then Wilder lander a big right and a left hook that sent Fury toppling over backwards in the 12th. Tyson's head banged against the canvas and he looked out for a few seconds. He got back up. the ref made him walk back and forth and the fight continued. Fury again rallied while Wilder again didn't follow up, partially due to fatigue and partially because he must have assumed that two knockdowns would be enough to win the fight. he was nearly right.

One judge had it 115-111 for Wilder. One had it 114-110 for Fury. the other had it 113-113. I gave Wilder the 2nd, 5th, 6th 9th and 12th with the 10th even but two 10-8 round for the knockdowns. 114-113 for Wilder. Steve Farhood had it 115-112 for Fury on Showtime's broadcast. There were three guys on the announcing crew and one was a boxer whose name I didn't get. This guy went all teddy Atlas and said that the judge who had it for Wilder should never judge a fight again. The tie was like kissing your sister as the two fighters actually kissed and wished each other merry Christmas after the fight.

The inevitable rematch should be sometime next year.
 

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Very weird fight. Wilder coming in at 212lbs wasn't ideal for him. Also seemed to lack cardio. Fury seemed like he was on something, then when he hits the canvas after taking 2 shots, one to each ear, then hopping up like he never fell was weird. Wilder used to throw a nasty jab, don't know what happened for him to stop throwing it. Can't believe now we have to have a rematch of this fight. Was looking forward to Wilder v Joshua.
 

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Very weird fight. Wilder coming in at 212lbs wasn't ideal for him. Also seemed to lack cardio. Fury seemed like he was on something, then when he hits the canvas after taking 2 shots, one to each ear, then hopping up like he never fell was weird. Wilder used to throw a nasty jab, don't know what happened for him to stop throwing it. Can't believe now we have to have a rematch of this fight. Was looking forward to Wilder v Joshua.

Fury vs. Joshua could also be interesting. How about a round robin?
 


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