Tyson Unleashes Fury To Destroy Wilder In 7th; Plus Full
Undercard Results From Las Vegas
By William Trillo @ Ringside
Photos: German Villasenor
Heavyweight Deontay Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KO’s) was
completely dominated by Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KO’s) on
Saturday night in Las Vegas. It was a one-sided affair
that exposed every single one of Wilder’s numerous
flaws. Fury did exactly what he said he was going to do.
That is, he brought the fight to Wilder in a calculated
fashion as he stalked, feinted, jabbed, attacked to the
body and overpowered Wilder with ease.
In the third round a crisp one-two combination sent
Wilder sprawling into the corner and down. That
left-hand Fury delivered to the ear of Wilder put
Deontay on “Queer Street” for the remainder of the
night. He was never the same after that.
In round five a wicked body shot from Fury sent Wilder
crumbling down again. Looking to finish the fight an
overzealous Fury was deducted a point for hitting after
a break. It was a moot point at best and wouldn’t stop
the Fury onslaught that was soon to follow.
Looking like a drunken sailor in round six Wilder
stumbled around the ring looking to stay out of the way
of any huge Fury blows. Somehow, he was able to survive
the round but Wilders reign was about to come to an end
in round seven.
Truthfully the corner should have stopped the bout after
six but with valor being the better part of discretion,
they pulled the stool out from under Wilder and sent him
out there for more. This time Fury was all over Wilder
bludgeoning him across the squared circle into the
corner for a good beating. It was at that time the towel
was thrown in from Wilders corner. It was over at the
1:22 mark of round seven.
The crowd went berserk as Wilder stumbled to his corner
in a state of confusion.
The Bronze Bombers reign is over. Tyson Fury made it
clear he is the most dominant force in The Heavyweight
Division. This was a dominant victory for the Brit who
might have had to to hire help to carry all his belts
out of the arena.
On the victory Fury stated, “I hit him with a clean
right that dropped him and he got back up. He is a
warrior. He will be back. He will be champion again. But
I will say, the king has returned to the top of the
Wilder had been making a career out of a thunderous
right hand and some very hand picked opponents for a
long time. Never once did he face a legitimate test,
there was always a catch.
Saturday night he met a real challenge and what did we
see? A fighter who does not like to get pressured, a
fighter with only one punch in his repertoire, a fighter
who pulls straight back with his chin straight up in the
air and a fighter with some very wobbly legs that
collapse under pressure.
Those in the know saw the truth about Deontay years ago
but when you are fighting the likes of a 50 year old
has-been (twice) and a guy whose amateur record was
being a soccer hooligan etc. etc. it’s easy to
perpetrate fraud on the casual fan.
Hopefully fans can see a bit more clearly now. In case
they didn’t they should have a gander at the final
tallies. Please be aware Wilder won one round on one
judges scorecards, after that it was all Fury, all the
time. Are your eyes open now?
Likewise let’s hope than fans saw and appreciated what
the big man Fury did in Las Vegas. That was a brilliant
performance that will go down as one of the best in
recent Heavyweight Championship history.
It was revealed at the postfight press conference that
the rematch clause states that Wilder has 30 days to
decide whether or not he wants to do this again with
Fury. If Las Vegas was making odds on his decision I’m
laying down a Saw Buck that he chooses to take a pass on
I’ve come to the conclusion that being a participant in
the Semi-Main Event of a highly anticipated “Sin City”
fight is akin to a death sentence. The Las Vegas crowd
normally doesn’t bother to start rolling in until about
midway through the co-feature. Hey, there are bets to be
made and shooters to be inhaled, cmon!! Let’s call it
the “walk-in” bout.
Heavyweights Charles Martin (28-2-1, 25 KO’s) and Gerald
Washington (20-4-1, 13 KO’s) fell victim to the curse
Saturday night. If fighting in this slot is a Death
Sentence then having to cover it was like a Life
Sentence in Solitaire. Good grief this fight was not
entertaining. Thank goodness Martin cracked Washington
with a crisp punch in the sixth round that brought a
halt to the sentence. I am waiting for someone to tell
me how this was a title eliminator of any kind.
Super Bantamweight Emanuel Navarrete (31-1, 27 KO’s) is
a relentless predator. Jeo Santisima (19-3, 16 KO’s) is
very formidable prey. That equated to an 11 round
beating for Santisima. Navarrete’s style is nothing
short of must see boxing. His fan friendly attack makes
for great action. Boxing needs more guys like this. With
the stoppage at the 2:20 mark of 11 Navarrete retains
the World Boxing Organization World Super Bantam Title.
Welterweight Amir Imam (22-3, 19 KO’s) might have been
the odds-on favorite in Las Vegas but Javier Molina
(22-2, 9 KO’s) ruined that show with a very fine
performance in this eight round special. Molina stayed
composed throughout the battle looking like a seasoned
veteran. On the other hand Imam, who had eyes on a
rematch with Champ Jose Ramirez, looked confused and
desperate. The former Olympian team Molina put it all
together to get an impressive win with unanimous scores
of 79-73 and 78-74 twice.
Welterweight Subriel Matias (15-1, 15 KO’s) came into
this fight as the highly touted KO artist but Petros
Ananyan (15-2-2, 7 KO’s) wasn’t impressed nor did he buy
into the hype. In a proverbial a “phone booth” fight
Ananyan took everything Matias had to offer and did not
By the seventh round Natias was spent and went down. Had
it not been for the ref buying Matias some unwarranted
time the fight would have been over. Instead Matias made
it through the round and to the end of the ten-round
war. Ananyan not only never went down but went on to
take a unanimous decision victory by scores of 96-93 and
Super Welterweight Sebastian Fundora (14-0-1, 9 KO’s)
used his supioer height and reach advantage to score a
clear cut unanimous decision over Daniel Lewis (6-1, 4
KO’s). In the early goings Lewis bloodied the nose of
Fundora but one the tall fighter got a feel for the
pocket he was in complete control. Final scores in favor
of Lewis read 97-93, 98-92 and 99-91.
After the battle Fundora said, "I think it was a fair
decision and a good fight. There were a lot of hard
punches. I knew he would be tough. When they told me I
was fighting an Olympian, I knew it would be a tough
fight. He probably had more experience than me, but we
prepared the right way and got the win.
In a battle of talented Lightweights Gabriel Flores Jr
(17-0, 6 KO’s) stayed undefeated with a unanimous
decision victory over Matt Conway (17-2, 7 KO’s). Flores
kept an ever-charging Conway at bay with a good quick
hands and movement all night long. Final scores in favor
of Flores read 80-71 twice and 79-72.
In somewhat of a foul-fest Featherweight Isaac Lowe
(20-0-3, 6 KO’s) took it to Alberto Guevara (27-6, 12
0KO’s) in a dirty ten round fight. Final scores of 96-87
twice and 95-88 gave Lowe the unanimous decision nod.
Teen sensation Welterweight Vito Mielnicki Jr (5-0, 4
KO’s) put a good old fashioned beat-down on Corey
Champion (1-3, 1 KO) in this four round fight. Vito
dropped Champion late in round two but the fallen
fighter survived the round. Vito went on to take the
battle on all cards 40-34 and 40-35 twice to give him
the unanimous decision victory.
In the opening bout of the night Super Lightweight
Rolando Romero (11-0, 10 KO’s) needed less than two
rounds of work to dispatch Arturs Ahmetovs (5-1, 2
KO’s). Romero put Ahmetovs down on his back early in
round two and dropped him again right after that before
the bout was brought to an end at the 1:22 mark.