The 6’7″ Wilder, out of Tuscaloosa, AL, drew with the 6’9″ Fury, out of Cheshire, UK, in their first meeting and was lucky to get that. Saturday they had their rematch at the MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas, NV. Promoted by TGB Promotions – Tom Brown, Warriors Boxing – Leon Margules and Top Rank Boxing – Bob Arum. Fury became the new WBC World Heavyweight Champion stopping Wilder at 1:39 of the seventh round. “I had to overcome a lot to win this fight tonight. Wilder has 30 days to exercise the contract for a third fight,” said Fury. He even gave the 15,000+ fans a song afterwards!
Fury is good for boxing being the character he is. It reminds this writer of Philly’s heavyweight Tex Cobb. Wilder suffered a broken ear drum from what it looked like. Will it be Fury and Wilder lll or Fury and WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO champion Anthony “A.J.” Joshua? That one could be in Wembley Stadium in the UK. Wilder I am sure will be on the sidelines for some time with that ear injury.
In the Main Event WBC World Heavyweight Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, 42-1-1 (41), of Tuscaloosa, AL, lost by TKO to new champion No. 1 Ranked Tyson Fury, 30-1 (21), of Chesire, UK, at 1:39 of the seventh round in a scheduled 12 rounds.
In the first round Fury raced out to meet Wilder. A minute into the round Wilder landed the first effective punch a right on the chin of Fury. Halfway through the round Fury threw half a dozen punches driving Wilder into the ropes. Fury took the first round on aggressiveness if nothing else. In the second round Wilder pick up the action a bit with rights on the chin of Fury. Fury ended the round pushing Wilder to the ropes. Wilder’s round.
In the third round at the halfway point Fury landed a glancing right on the head of Wilder. Near the minute left in the round a right from Fury off the shoulder onto the side of Wilder’s head and down went Wilder. He beat the count of Referee Kenny Bayless but was unsteady getting through the round mostly clinching.
In the fourth round Wilder was bleeding from the left ear. Fury won the round and Referee Bayless is having problems separating the big guys. Fury missed Wilder with a right and Wilder backed up and fell backwards to the canvas.
In the fifth round a left hook to the body from Fury and down went Wilder for an 8-count. He managed to get through the round with a bloody ear. Fury got the round. In the sixth round Wilder’s legs haven’t been steady from the first knockdown. Wilder was bleeding from the ear and the mouth. Fury stalked him throughout.
In the seventh round Fury continued the attack throwing half a dozen punches of which four landed with Wilder actually landing the last punch until Referee Bayless waved it off. Wilder complained but the referee pointed to the Wilder corner. It was the corner of Wilder that stopped the fight due to ruptured ear drum bleeding heavily.
Fury came in as a king on his throne and Wilder with a head piece they had a problem taking off. Maybe he should have kept it on for the fight.
After six rounds the judges Glenn Feldman had it 58-53 while judge’s Dave Moretti and Steve Weisfeld both had it 59-52.
Former IBF World Heavyweight Champion southpaw “Prince” Charles Martin, 28-2-1 (25), of Carson, CA, stopped Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington, 20-4-1 (13), of Vallejo, CA, at 1:57 of the sixth in a scheduled 12 rounds.
In the first round southpaw Martin pressed the action using a good jab with Washington trying to counter. In the second round Washington seemed to hold an edge evening the score. In the fourth round Martin rocked Washington in the final seconds of the round with a left to the chin.
In the sixth round a chopping left from Martin on the chin and down went Washington. He beat the count of Referee Tony Weeks but was in no shape to continue.
WBO Super Bantamweight Champion Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrette, 31-1 (27), of Mexico City, MEX, stopped a game Jeo “Santino” Santisima, 19-3 (16), of Masbate City, PH, at 2:30 of the eleventh round.
In the first round Santisima was the aggressor for the most part while champion Navarrete outpunched him big time. In the ond third round it was Navarrette doing much of the pressing n the final minute a left hook from Santisima on the chin of Navarrete drove him into the ropes. the body of Santisima. In the fourth round Santisima forced Navarrette to the ropes in the first minute. Santisima seemed to finally take a round.
In the fifth round it was all Navarrete hurting Santisima on several occassions making him hold on. He outpunched him five to one with Santisima getting in a right to the chin but slowing down. In the sixth round Navarrete came out southpaw for half a minute before getting back to orthodox. Santisima seemed to get a second wind making it a close round. In the eighth round the champion continued outpunching his challenger. Santisima had a lump on the left side of his head above the ear.
In the tenth round as hard as Navarrete is trying for a stoppage the harder Santisima fights back. In the eleventh round Santisima took seven punches without return when Referee Russell Mora wisely stepped in halting the fight.
Welterweight Amir “Young Master” Iman, 22-3 (19), of Charlotte, NC, lost by decision to Javier “El Untouchable” Molina, 22-2 (9), of Norwalk, CA, over 8 close rounds.
In the sixth round Iman continued to press the fight while Molina did his best countering. In the seventh round Molina was able to get several uppercuts in but Iman kept out punching him. In the eighth round Molina got in a good left hook to the chin but Iman countered with combinations mostly to the head. Referee Jay Nady had an easy night in this one.
Scores were 79-73 and 78-74 twice.
Welterweight 6’6″ southpaw Sebastian “The Towering Inferno” Dundora, 14-0-1 (9), of Coachella, CA, defeated Daniel Lewis, 6-1 (4), of Sydney, Australia over 10 rounds.
In the first round the much taller southpaw Dundora used his reach to his advantage jabbing the much shorter Lewis with right uppercuts to the chin when Lewis got inside. In the second round Lewis was able to get some overhand rights in to the chin of Dundora who got in his uppercuts inside. In the fourth round Lewis kept it close landing overhand rights to the side of Dundora’s neck. Dundora kept his jabbing working.
In the fifth round Lewis had a welt under his right eye but kept trying to get his shots to the head in. Dundora set him up with jab and right hooks to chin. In the seventh round Lewis continued coming forward pressing Dundora to the ropes until he got countered with lefts to the right eye which was slowly closing and nose showing some blood.
In the ninth round Lewis gave Dundora a bloody nose and mouth. In the tenth and final round Dundora seemed to hold off Lewis until he got inside. Lewis showed plenty of guts in this one.
Scores were 98-92, 99-91 and 97-93. Referee was Robert Byrd.