Tyson Fury Went Down in Twelfth Round Against Deontay Wilder Wilder. How The Hell Did He Get Up?
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
The fact that Tyson Fury appeared to win his World Boxing Council World Heavyweight title challenge against Deontay Wilder despite getting knocked down in rounds nine and twelve appeared insignificant in the main event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on Saturday evening, December 1, 2018.
The major question in the minds of the spectators watching the bout live, and the boxing fans watching the bout at home on USA Showtime and BT sport is how in the hell did Tyson Fury get up after getting knocked dramatically on his back in the twelfth and final round, seemingly out of it and done?
Fury outweighed Wilder 256 ½ pounds to 212 ½ pounds, and at 6’9” forced the 6’7” Wilder to look up at him. With a two inch reach advantage at 85 inches of Fury to 83 inches to Wilder, Deontay’s punches frequently swung at air. Fury maintained a unique and bizarre herky jerky style with superior feigning which confused Wilder all night, who kept loading up on the right but could not seem to find a place for it. Fury fought smartly, using jab combinations and well placed body shots to outwork Wilder, especially in rounds three through eight.
Fury maintained the psychological edge, frequently sticking his tongue out and holding his hands behind his back, trying to get Wilder’s goat. It was not exactly like Goliath taunting David, but it was a taunting approach, and Wilder did not fall for the trap.
Fury, 27-0-1 with 19 knockouts, Wimslow, United Kingdom, the lineal heavyweight champion by virtue of his 2015 victory over Wladimir Klitschko, lost two and a half years of his career due to alcoholism, cocaine addiction and depression, and had to come down from almost 400 pounds to return to the ring, in this, his third comeback bout. Claiming the love of family and the support his savior Jesus Christ, Fury succeeded in generating supreme public interest by trying to win this bout. With Fury showboating-or not-it was great entertainment. Wilder, 40-0-1, 39 knockouts, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, definitely proved he still has the dangerous knockout punch despite weighing less than Fury.
A glancing short right to the left ear appeared to drop Fury in the ninth round, if it was a punch at all. A right-left combination from Wilder dropped Fury in the twelfth. The major issue was how easy or difficult would it be for the second tallest world heavyweight champion (after Nicolai Valuev, who was never knocked down during his career) to get back up. Both knockdowns looked like nine counts, and Fury legitimately beat the count of referee Jack Reiss both times. If Fury had won the twelfth and final round, he would have won the WBC World Heavyweight title on a split decision. Ringside commentator Paulie Malignaggi condemned the 115-111 scoring of judge Alexander Rochin, stating Fury won the bout. Ring commentator Steve Fargood had it 115-111 for Fury. Real Combat Media scored the bout 115-111 for Fury. A rematch remains a distinct possibility. Meanwhile, Fury danced the chicken in the ring in reference to Anthony Joshua, who has yet to fight Fury or Wilder.
Wilder Retains the World Boxing Council World Heavyweight Title
Scoring: 113-113 Draw. 115-111 Wilder. 115-113 Fury.
Fury was knocked down in rounds nine and twelve. Referee: Jack Reiss
Undercard Results at Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Luis Ortiz KO 10 Travis Kauffman, Heavyweights (Televised)
Kauffman down in rounds six, eight and 10, taking a beating on his feet from Ortiz, 39, when bout stopped. Kauffman stopped standing. California rules categorize it as a kayo.
Jarrett Hurd KO 4 Jason Welborn, Super welterweights (Televised
Hurd retains IBF, IBO and WBA Super World Super Welterweight titles
24-7 British champion Welborn down and out from a body shot in round four, game over.
Carlos Licona Win Split Decision 12 Mark Anthony Barriga, Minimumweights (Televised)
Undefeated 14-0 Carlos ‘Mexicanito’ Licona wins vacant IBF World Minimumweight title.
Isaac Lowe KO 5 Lucas Rafael Baez, Featherweights
Lowes wins vacant WBC International Featherweight title. Baez down twice in round five.
Joe Joyce KO 1 Joe Hanks, Heavyweights
2016 Olympic Silver Medalist Joyce wins vacant WBA Continental Heavyweight title.
Chris Arreola Win Referee’s Technical Decision 6 Maurenzo Smith, Heavyweights
Smith quits on his stool after round six. First win for ex-contender Arreola since 2015.
Robert Guerrero KO 2 Adam Mate, Welterweights
First win for former world lightweight champion Guerrero since 2015. Mate down in first round, and down twice in the second round.
Julian Williams KO 2 Francisco Javier Castro, Middleweights
Castro down in the second round.
Jesse Rodriguez Win 6 Josue Morales, Light Flyweights
7-0 southpaw light flyweight prospect Rodriguez hails from San Antonio, Texas.
Marsellos Wilder Win4 David Damore, Cruiserweights
2-0 younger brother of Deontay Wilder opens the card. Damore down in second round.
Evander Holyfield, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Riddick Bowe were among the former world champions in attendance at ringside.
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