With Deontay Wilder holding the right to invoke a rematch clause, will we get a trilogy bout between him and new WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury?
In a rematch of two undefeated boxing heavyweight champions, defending lineal champion Tyson Fury defeated WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder with a seventh-round TKO to claim both championships, as well as The Ring magazine’s heavyweight title.
The fight saw the most dominant any competitor had been against Wilder. After two rounds of action, with Fury taking both rounds to open the contest, Fury knocked Wilder down in the third — the first time Wilder had ever been knocked down in his career.
From that point on, Fury overwhelmed Wilder while looking for the kill, as Wilder tried to hang on and find the opportunity to land his “eraser” right hand. But such a chance never came. Fury knocked Wilder down again in the fifth, and while he was deducted a point later that round, Fury never gave Wilder a chance to get into the fight. Fury’s domination continued until Wilder’s corner elected to throw in the towel in the seventh round.
As part of the agreement on the match, Wilder will have 30 days to invoke a rematch clause.
Many felt Fury had won the first fight between the two in December 2018 as well, but two late Wilder knockdowns led to a split draw on the judges’ scorecards, prompting the rematch that took place.
The only man to have done this well against Wilder previously was probably Luis Ortiz, who troubled Wilder during their original March 2018 matchup and was unanimously winning against Wilder in their rematch this past November — before Wilder was able to knock him out both times.
Knowing Wilder’s personality and the “fall on the shield” mentality he has and referenced in his post-fight comments — in addition to the fact it’s his first loss and he went the distance with Fury before — perhaps we will see a rematch. But as Mike Coppinger put it, would anyone want to see it after such domination?
If Wilder does not invoke the rematch clause, Fury’s first title defense may come against interim WBC heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte. Whyte won the interim title by defeating Oscar Rivas in July 2019, and prior to that had been in a feud of over a year with the WBC over their decisions to pass over Whyte for mandatory challenger status.
Whyte had been briefly stripped of the title and mandatory status after a failed drug test, but after Whyte was cleared of intentional wrongdoing, he was reinstated. He was last seen in action in December, defeating Mariusz Wach via decision as part of the Andy Ruiz vs. Anthony Joshua 2 undercard.
Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury 2 took place on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.