At the Staples Center Saturday night, in L.A. after three mismatches Wilder seemed fortunate to get a draw in one boring fight in a DiBella Entertainment, TGB Promotions and Queensbury Promotions Showtime PPV event. It was another black eye for boxing.
WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, 40-0-1(39), of Tuscaloosa, AL, and the former IBF, WBO and WBA World Champion Tyson “Gypsy King” Fury, 27-0-1 (19), of Manchester, UK, ended in a boring 12 round disputed draw.
In the first round with Fury clowning around with his hands behind his back daring Wilder to come to him. Inside a minute left in the round Wilder landed a left hook to the chin. Just before the bell Fury landed a solid right to the head of Wilder. In the second round Fury still clowning landed a right to the chin of Wilder at the mid point of the round. Wilder landed a right with half a minute left in the round on the chin of Fury.
In he third round more clowning by Fury but he is still landing more punches than Wilder who seems hesitant in mixing it up. Fury’s jab keeps Wilder from coming in. In the fourth round Wilder has a bunch of vasiline on the right side of his face but the referee does nothing about it. Its another round of feinting and little punching.
In the fifth round after a minute Fury landed a weak left hook to the head of Wilder. Fury landed several punches with little effect on the chin of Wilder. Neither fighter showed any attempt to slug it out. In the sixth round Fury and Wilder exchange occasion. Fury continues to land more punches to the body.
In the seventh round Fury landed a right to the chin at the halfway point. Wilder missed more than he landed for the most part. Fury landed the best punch of the round a long right to the head of Wilder. In the eighth round Wilder lands a rare right but missed with a follow-up left. Fury keeps the jab in the face of Wilder who seems to be confused. Near the end of the round Wilder lands a right to the head of Fury.
In the ninth round both boxers exchanged jabs. Halfway through the round Wilder knocked Fury down with a chopping right on the head but never followed up. In the tenth round it was more of the same with Fury clowning but landing more punches than a reluctant Wilder. Fury landed a lead right to the chin of Wilder.
In the eleventh round it was Wilder missing and Fury jabbing. Wilder needed a knockout with two officials from the British Empire. In the twelfth and final round Wilder dropped Fury with a right followed by a left hook on the chin. He struggled to get up and referee Reiss gave him ample time to recover. Wilder never followed up. Fury landed the final punch of the round a left hook on the chin.
Scores were Phil Edwards of the UK 113-113, Mexican Alejandro Richin had it 115-111 Wilder and Robert Tapper of Canada had it 114-112 Fury ending in a split decision draw with Wilder retaining his title. This writer had it 114-112 Fury.
In the co-feature WBA and IBF Super World Middleweight Champion Jarrett “Swift” Hurd, 23-0 (16), of Accokeek, MD, stopped Jason Welborn, 24-7 (7), of London, UK, at 1:55 of the fourth round.
In the first round a big underdog in Welborn kept pressing by leary of throwing anything that would give Hurd an opening. In the second round Hurd started throwing some punches with Welborn on the defense. Hurd at the halfway point backed against the ropes allowing Welborn to come to him but nothing happened. Hurd landed a right to the head with seconds left in the round.
In the third round Hurd stopping playing around and started using a solid jab. While against the ropes Hurd landed a combination putting Welborn on the defense once again. In the fourth round Hurd starts going to the body until landing a right uppercut on the chin and down went Welborn. He stayed on one knee until he heard referee Lou Moret say “ten” and then got up. Not a good performance by Hurd considering who his opponent was. He seemed to give Welborn the first three rounds until finally fighting in the fourth.
WBC No. 1 ranked Heavyweight Cuban southpaw Luis “King Kong” Ortiz, 30-1 (26), of Miami, FL, stopped Travis “My Time” Kauffman, 32-3 (23), of Reading, PA, at 1:58 of the tenth and final round.
In the first round Ortiz chased and Kauffman kept moving. Ortiz landed a jab and Kauffman put his hands up high. In the second round Kauffman came out southpaw but moved to the power side of Ortiz. Kauffman landed a straight left to the chin halfway through the round. Kauffman was backed into a corner with Ortiz landing a body shot.
Kauffman landed a lead right to ther mid-section of Ortiz. Ortiz landed a combination to the head of Kauffman. Ortiz landed a low shot giving Kauffman several minutes to get rest. Ortiz landed a straight left on the head of Kauffman seconds before the bell. In the fourth round Ortiz started pounding his chest and asking enough away that his back foot was off the canvas. Kauffman threw several rights to the body. Both boxers are starting to look exhausted. In the eighth round Ortiz dropped Kauffman for a second time with a chopping left to the chin with several in the fight with several minutes left in the round. Ortiz wasn’t expecting Kauffman to get up again. Now Kauffman started coming forward with Ortiz dancing back.
In the ninth round Ortiz kept using his jab with Kauffman using the ring. At the halfway point Ortiz landed a left just under the border giving Kauffman a minute of rest. Ortiz landed a 3-punch combination. Kauffman managed to get through the round.
In the tenth and final round after a minute Ortiz landed a left on the side of Kauffman’s head and he went down for a third time in the fight. With less than a minute to go Ortiz landed a solid left on the chin hurting Kauffman. Ortiz went after him landing half a dozen unanswered punches until referee Taylor wisely stopped it. Ortiz had won all nine rounds. Kauffman almost went the distance which in itself would have been an accomplishment in itself. He came for a pay day and hopefully got well paid. Ortiz wants a rematch with Wilder or a fight with Fury if he wins for the WBC title.
Heavyweight Joe “Jiggernaut” Joyce, 7-0 (7), of London, UK, knocked out Joe “The Future” Hanks, 23-3 (15), of Newark, NJ, at 2:25 of the first round for the WBA Continental title.
In the first round with Joyce the aggressor with both feeling each other out. Joyce landed a jab that made Hanks go back several steps near the ropes. Joyce came in and missed with a right but followed through with a left hook on the chin of Hanks who went down. Hanks tried to get up but fell back and couldn’t beat the count of referee Jerry Cantu.