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  When Gladiators Collide:
Multiple Knockdowns In Fury vs. Wilder III

By William Trillo
Photos: Mikey Williams - Top Rank


Heavyweight Tyson Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) put an exclamation point on everything he has been telling Deontay Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) leading up to their epic third battle. Like two gladiators squaring off in a Roman Colosseum the two behemoths locked horns in a bout that saw both men kiss the canvas multiple times. It was high drama in Las Vegas and the blood thirsty crowd loved every moment.

For what its worth, whatever Malik Scott was supposed to do to help sharpen Wilders skills went all for naught. In fact, Wilder looked technically worse than ever. Clumsy, awkward, winging punches that hit nothing but air couldnt be a part of Maliks schoolingcould it. But much to Wilders credit, he did show he has some pretty big juevos, as my report will suggest.

To the fight, it wasnt long before Wilder got an up close and personal look at the canvas. Before the third round would conclude Fury sent Wilder to the deck with an alarming thud.

But wait! Not to be outdone Wilder somehow recuperated and in the next round he sent Fury down not once but twice! The 15,820 fans in the T-Mobile Arena were going crazy. Somehow Fury was able to get to his feet and survive the onslaught.

From this point on it was balls to the wall action as only the big boys can bring. Throwing all boxing skills out the window the men stood toe to toe for the next seven rounds. Huge bombs landed by both men but as the war of attrition ensued you could sense that Wilder was slowly crumbling. Before the start of round ten the doctor came out to look at Wilder but gave him the approval to fight on.

One round later, in round eleven Fury had Wilder reeling and with one thunderous overhand right. Wilder bounced on the ropes then face first into the mat. There was no reason to count, Wilder was finished. End of story. Officially the bout came to a grinding halt at the 1:10 mark of round 11. With the victory Fury retains his WBC World Heavyweight Title.

After the fight the champ announced, "I give him the glory for the victory. Hes a tough man. He took some big shots tonight. It was a great fight, as good as any trilogy in history. I beat him three times and Im a sportsman and wanted to give him some love and respect. And he didnt want to give it back. That's his problem and I pray for him. This was a great fight and October 9, 2021 will go down in history, I hope. I Always said I was the best in the world and he was the second best. Dont ever doubt me. When the chips are down, I will always deliver.

On his performance Wilder said, I did my best, but it wasnt good enough tonight. Im not sure what happened. I know that in training he did certain things, and I also knew that he didnt come in at 277 pounds to be a ballet dancer. He came to lean on me, try to rough me up and he succeeded.
NOTE: As a precaution, Deontay Wilder was taken to University Medical Center for evaluation.

Heavyweight Robert Helenius (31-3, 19 KOs) outclassed and out-handled Adam Kownacki (20-2, 15 KOs) in this lopsided battle. Helenius battered his foe from pillar to post until the fight was stopped by the ref who had seen enough of the low blow affair. Officially the fight was topped at the 2:38 mark of round 6.

On the awkward Kownacki Helenius said, "I expected it because, what does he have? Dont get me wrong, hes a good brawler, but Ive been fighting brawlers for 20 years. I know how to deal with them, even if they are hitting me low or behind the head. That doesnt bother me."

In a battle of unbeaten Heavyweights Efe Ajagba (15-1, 12 KOs) and Frank Sanchez (19-0, 13 KOs) put it on the line for the WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Title & WBO NABO Heavyweight Titles. Sanchez used superior boxing skill to keep a surprised Ajagba uneasy throughout the entire fight. Adding insult to injury Sanchez dropped Efe with a wicked combo in round seven. There was no doubt in this one as the judges all saw Ajagba ahead 97-92 and 98-91 twice.

On his win Sanchez stated, "I knew I was going to win all the rounds because Im much better than him technically. I knew that if I connected, he would fall and he did fall. My gameplan was always to frustrate him and go in for the attack."

Super Middleweights Edgar Berlanga (18-0, 16 KOs) and Marcelo Esteban Coceres (30-3-1, 16 KOs) literally went to war in this 168 pound slugfest that had the vacant WBO NABO Super Middleweight Title weighing in the balance. Berlanga came in as the highly touted KO artist but make no mistake about it, Coceres made his power felt as well.

By the mid-rounds Berlanga all but shut the eye of Coceres with his power punches. But in round nine Coceres dropped Berlanga with a hard right hand. The stunned Boricuan rose to his feet and finished the round. The fight went the ten round distance and all three judges saw the same outcome, 96-93 all in favor of the still undefeated Berlanga.

Super Welterweight Julian Williams (27-3-1, 16 KOs) opened a vicious cut over the eye Vladimir Hernandez (13-4, 6 KOs) in the early goings but that was not enough to keep the tough Mexican at bay. Not taking a backward step Hernandez imposed his will on Williams. It was close but in the end the judges gave the split decision nod to Hernandez. Scores read 96-94 Williams, 96-94 Hernandez while the final score read 97-93 in favor of the winner Hernandez.

Heavyweight Jared Anderson (10-0, 10 KOs) made Vladimir Tereshkin (22-1-1, 12 KOs) look like a Ham-n-Egger in this two-round demolishing. Tereshkin looked like he was switching from orthodox to southpaw immediately, or could it have been he had not a lick of boxing skill and was just a big clumsy oaf? Whatever the case may be Anderson remained undefeated when the bout was brought to a merciful end at the 2:51 mark of round two.

After the fight Anderson noted, I was a little anxious in the opening round. My first pay-per-view card and all that. But I settled in and gave a great performance. I practiced what my coaches preached. On to the next one.

Heavyweight Viktor Vykhryst (8-0, 6 KOs) KOs Mike Marshall (6-2-1, 4 KOs) at the 1:49 mark of the third round.

Featherweight Bruce Carrington is victorious in his pro debut taking a unanimous decision Cesar Cantu (3-2, 1 KO). Final score read 40-36 across the board.

Featherweight Robeisy Ramirez (8-1, 4 KOs) takes a clear unanimous decision over Orlando Gonzalez Ruiz (17-1, 10 KOs). Judges tallies all in favor of Ramirez read 97 -93 and 99-91 twice.


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