Deontay Wilder Says “The Best Man Won” After Losing Heavyweight Title To Tyson Fury
The epic sequel heavyweight title fight between incoming WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury took place over the weekend (Feb. 22nd), as Fury scored a definitive seventh-round bloody TKO in a fight that was sheer domination from start to finish.
Before taken down the WBC champion, Fury (30-1, 21 KO), proved himself to be the better boxer while also paying homage to former WBC champion Mike Tyson’s iconic ear biting moment by licking Wilder’s shoulder that was coated with his blood. The blood from Wilder appeared to have been the result from Wilder’s left ear which profusely bled through the rest of the fight, and the champion never seemed to get his balance.
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For Wilder, it was his first loss and now has a record of 42-1-1 with 41 knockouts. Their first fight on Dec. 1, 2018 was a controversial draw, allowing Wilder to retain his crown. After their blockbuster bout Saturday, Wilder says,
“Things like this happen, the best man won tonight but my trainer, my coach, my side threw in the towel, and you know I’m ready to go out on my shield. I had a lot of things going on coming into this fight but it is what it is.”
Wilder adds how his leg effected his ability to perform,
“My leg was already weak coming in. But I make no excuses tonight. I just wish that my corner would have let me go out on my shield. I’m a warrior. That’s what I do.”
Fury outlanded Wilder 82-34 in total punches and out-threw the Alabama-native 267-141, according to reports. Fury landed at a 30% clip while Wilder landed 24%. Fury landed 58 power punches in less than seven rounds of action after landing just 38 in the first meeting. Fury on his victory,
“The king has returned. I just want to say a big shout out to Deontay Wilder. He came here tonight, he manned up and he showed the heart of a champion. He is a warrior, he will be back and he will be a champion again.”
Fury jokenly adds,
“Not bad for an old fat guy who can’t punch, eh?”
What a performance by Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder couldn't stand the heat.
Wilders team throw the towel in round 7 Tyson Fury is now the WBC & Ring Magazine heavyweight championship of the world’
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See some social media reactions:
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Wilder the entire fight so far pic.twitter.com/4yOpDN3J4V
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