Fury KOs Wilder, Kownacki DQed, Boesel, Smith, Cunningham Win, Weekend Recap
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Las Vegas, NV (October 10th, 2021)– Deontay Wilder went back to headhunting with his right hand. Twice, he dropped Tyson Fury. Overall, Fury ripped Wilder by the numbers. The cumulative effect of being worked over by the bigger man eventually dropped a battered and bruised Wilder for good in the eleventh round, an outcome most experts predicted would happen in their trilogy main event bout at T-Mobile Arena, in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday night, October 9, 2021. It was a rematch clause Wilder invoked. It was the bout Wilder wanted. There will be no fourth bout between the two combatants. Deontay Wilder, unable to defeat Tyson Fury in any of their three battles, now has his career as a former world heavyweight champion in tatters. Fury has a monster big heart. Fury has gotten off the canvas against Wilder four times, and his soul, spirit, confidence and self-belief have been stirred, but not shaken.
In retained the World Boxing Council World Heavyweight title, Fury made three statements. one, he is a superior technical boxer than Wilder by the numbers; two he can take a punch, even go down, and get up with heart to win; three, Fury’s trainer Sugar Hill Stewart is a better trainer than Wilder’s Malik Scott. Fury can dish it and take it. Period.
Other than the big right hand, which he has relied on during his career, Deontay Wilder still has no game plan in a real fight, and no “Plan B” if his bomb right hand does not win the bout for him. Wilder was down in the third round and the tenth round, Fury twice in the fourth round, but the early knockdowns did not dictate the outcome of the bout. The fact both Fury and Wilder were boxing at higher weights did not figure in.
Fury, by bigger size and boxing ability, controlled the ring and the tempo of the bout. Both men had their opportunities and winning chances. Wilder had bravery and a warrior’s instinctive resolve, but no defense, no head movement, and ultimately his stamina and muscles tired due to numerous clinches. The overwhelming onslaught of Fury punches overcame Wilder’s reliance on the knockout punch. Wilder still has it, but at this level of ability, technical boxing skill will ultimately conquer and slay the dragon. Wilder was getting outhit two to one, and beyond a certain point, Wilder, unable to deal with Fury’s consistent pressure and landing percentages, could not hold on forever based on heart alone. With eyes swollen and a bloody lip, Wilder, well worked over, eventually fell.
The bout, as Fury noted in the post fight press conference, could have swung either way. The electricity of the crowd was almost Jack Dempsey one hundred years later. There were no Brits in attendance due to Coronavirus pandemic travel regulations from abroad still in place, but the country background of the audience, American, was a nonfactor. The crowd’s noise was enthusiastic to the excitement of the great matchup.
Fury also stated “I always give it me all, 100 percent. I came into this fight thinking you only do your best in life, and whatever’s meant to be, whatever’s destined, written in the stars, will be. I trained hard, I dedicated me life, I got the victory tonight.”
Wilder is a power hitter, the hardest heavyweight hitter sicne Rocky Marciano, but with no technical boxing instincts or persona, and no alternate game plan if he walks into a superior boxer with technical skills who can punch and counterpunch, weather the storm, and beat him on the punch count. Against Tyson Fury, Wilder’s jab was nonexistent. A bronze medal is a nice medal, but it is not silver or gold. Italy’s Clemente Russo defeated Wilder seven points to one at the 2008 Olympics, and also defeated the other current heavyweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk seven points to four. He won the 2008 Olympic silver medal, losing to Gold Medalist Rakhim Chakhkiev four points to two. At the 2012 Olympics, Russo took silver again, losing the final in a rematch to the other heavyweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk. The point is at the highest levels, Russo was able to defeat Wilder at the Olympics with superior boxing ability and confidence and neutralize his power, a repeating theme.
Result: Tyson Fury KO 11 Deontay Wilder, Heavyweights (1:10). Fury retains World Boxing Council World Heavyweight title. Wilder down in rounds three, ten and eleven. Fury down twice in fourth round. Referee: Russell Mora.
T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas Undercard Results
Robert Helenius, Win Disqualification 6, Adam Kownacki, Heavyweights (2:38). Helenius, Deontay Wilder’s hard hitting sparring partner, defeats Kownacki again, due to Kownacki throwing excessive low blows. First major heavyweight DQ since Riddick Bowe versus Andrew Golota 1 and 2. Kownacki, a slow target easy to hit, had his left eye swollen shut.
Frank Sanchez Win 10 Efe Ajagba, Heavyweights. Ajagba down in round seven. Cuba’s Sanchez goes to 19-0. Nigeria’s Ajagba falls to 15-1.
Edgar Berlanga Win 10 Marcelo Esteban Coceres, Super Middleweights. Berlanga, down in round nine, wins vacant World Boxing Organisation NABO Super Middleweight title.
Vladimir Hernandez Win Split Decision 10 Julian Williams, Middleweights. EX-WBA and IBF World Super Welterweight champion Williams, overweight and inactive almost two years, is upset by hard working Hernandez, who also upset former contender Alfredo Angulo by ten round decision in August 2021. Williams just could not shake Hernandez.
Robeisy Ramirez Win 10 Orlando Gonzalez Ruiz, Featherweights. 8-1 Cuban Ramirez wins NABF Junior Featherweight title. Puerto Rico’s Ruiz falls to 17-1.
Jared Anderson TKO 2 Vladimir Tereshkin, Heavyweights (2:51). 10-0 Anderson, Toledo, Ohio, wins NABF Junior Heavyweight title. Russian southpaw Tereshkin falls to 22-1-1. Andersen overwhelmed Tereshkin with head shots with Tereshkin pinned in corner.
Viktor Vykhryst TKO 3 Mike Marshall, Heavyweights (1:51). Marshall down in rounds two and three. Vykhryst, 8-0, Kiev, Ukraine.
Bruce Carrington (Pro Debut) Win 4 Cesar Cantu, Featherweights. Scoring: 40-36, 40-36, 40-36 for Carrington. Opening bout on Fury-Wilder III T-Mobile Arena card.
Utilita Arena, Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom
Liam Smith TKO 8 Anthony Fowler, Super Welterweights. Liverpool’s 30-3-1 ex-WBO world champion Smith wins World Boxing Association International Super Welterweight title. Liverpool’s 15-2-1 Fowler too experienced for this bout, in over his head, got stopped.
Jason Cunningham Win 12 Brad Foster, Super Bantamweights. 30-6 Cunningham retains EBU Super Bantamweight title, wins BBB of C British and Commonwealth British Empire Super Bantamweight title. Foster falls to 14-1-2.
Ekow Essuman KO 6 Danny Ball, Welterweights. Nottingham’s 16-0 Essuman retains BBB of C British and Commonwealth British Empire Welterweight titles.
Liam Davies Win 10 Dixon Flores, Super Bantamweights. Donnington’s 11-0 Davies wins vacant World Boxing Council International Silver Super Bantamweight title.
Echo Arena, Liverpool, United Kingdom, Promoter Eddie Hearn in Attendance
Troy Williamson TKO 10 Ted Cheeseman, Super Welterweights (0:50). Daarlinton’s 17-0-1 Williamson wins BBB of C British Super Welterweight title, finishing London’s 17-3-1 Cheeseman with a right-left combination to the head, ending an otherwise toe-to-toe exciting bout. Cheeseman was very game, and gave it his all. Great bout while it lasted.
Kieron Conway Win 10 James Metcalf, Super Welterweights. Northhampton’s 17-2-1 Conway outpoints 21-2 Metcalf. Scoring: 96-95, 96-95, 96-94 Metcalf, neutral and fair.
Luke Willis Win Majority Decision 10 Rylan Charlton, Lightweights. Liverpool’s 11-0 Willis deducted a pointing tenth round for holding. Norwich’s 6-2-1 Charlton. Scoring 95-94, 95-94 Willis. 95-95 draw, neutral and fair.
Jamie Mitchell Win Majority Decision 10 Shannon Courtenay, 7-0-2 Las Vegas fighter Mitchell wins World Boxing Association World Female Super Bantamweight title. Two minute rounds. Courtenay lost the title on the scale due to being overweight. Scoring: 97-93, 96-94 Mitchell. 95-95 draw. British judges gave the world title to a visiting American. The bout was not close despite the scoring. However, two British judges did score for Mitchell and she did win the title on foreign soil, always impressive for a visiting boxer against a British world champion in Great Britain.
At York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom, Liam Dillion Win Majority Decision 10 Dennis Wahome, Super Featherweights. Chingford London’s 10-0-1 Dillion wins vacant BBB of C English Super Featherweight title. Northolt Middlesex southpaw Wahome falls to 7-1.
At A.J. Bell Stadium, Eccles, Lancashire, United Kingdom, Stockport Cheshire’s 7-115-2 lightweight trial horse Jaime Quinn, loser of 19 straight since December 2019, wins a four round decision 39-37, and ruins the professional debut of Manchester’s Declan Dee.
GETEC Arena, Magdeburg, Germany
Dominic Boesel Win Split Decision 12 Robin Krasniqi, Super Middleweights. Freyburg Sachsen Anholt’s 32-3 Boesel regains International Boxing Organization World Light Heavyweight title from 51-7 Gersthofen Bayern’s Krasniqi.