Wilder and Fury - Unexpected, Yet Not Surprised

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Saturday, December 1, 2018 may indeed be a day when some of us look back simply aghast at the fact that we overlooked the world heavyweight championship clash featuring WBC champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder and Tyson “Gypsy King” Fury. The gripe amongst many wasn’t the significance of the contest or its relative importance. Rather, the fact that it came with a $75 price tag on Showtime pay TV staled the popcorn for far more than a few. Of course, such concerns are but a technicality, thanks in a large part to pirated streams and links that are easily present for the taking. 
It’s funny how some vote with their wallet yet have no problem partaking in a shady method to get what they want. That’s another argument altogether. In any case, rest assured that what transpired in the main event at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles will be surefire selling points for a rematch in a glorious pay-per-view telecast.
Many within the boxing world foresaw a game Tyson Fury walking into an eventual flattening, courtesy of Deontay Wilder’s earthquake of a right hand. At the same time, there were those, this writer included who thought that maybe, just maybe the 6’9” Fury (27-0-1, 19 KO’s) could feint and herky-jerky his way into a competitive contest.

This is what we got, complete with two knockdowns of the man from Manchester by the man from Tuscaloosa. The first one came in round nine and left us satisfied at what had been a good bout up to that point. 

However, the second one, which was part of what made the twelfth and final round so memorable was such a display of guts and grit that it won’t soon be forgotten. Flat on his back and the victim of a solid right-left combination to the head as well as his head slightly bouncing off of the canvas, Tyson Fury somehow rolled his eyes back into alignment and got back up on his feet.

Throw any venting of a long count by referee Jack Reiss out with last week’s rubbish. 
The contest really looked like two of the best in world and not much separated them. Still, many would argue that Fury did enough to win. Of course, the judges had the final say. There were likely some of us who wondered what we were in for once so much time had lapsed between the end of the contest and the reading of the final tally by Jimmy Lennon, Jr. 
wilderfury0212 0A draw on the card of Phil Edwards (113-113) was acceptable, though not as inexplicable as that of Alejandro Rochin, who scored it 115-111 for the WBC champion, Deontay Wilder. The opinion of Robert Tapper (114-112 for Fury) was perhaps the best of the night once the knockdowns were taken under consideration. Social media was quickly awash with cries of ‘robbery’ and the sadly all too familiar sight of a great fight being spoiled by the ringside arbiters. Let’s forget that  the reality of a sport which includes three independent judges means that millions of concurring eyes hold nothing in comparison to a meager six. 
Do we want to see this again or do we want one of the two men to take part in the date in April set aside for Wembley Stadium by the man who holds all the other heavyweight championship belts, Anthony Joshua? A rematch between Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KO’s) and Fury means there will be no London in the springtime for Joshua, save for someone he’s already beaten or another B-lister. In any case, maybe now we see why despite over three years of inactivity after dethroning Wladimir Klitschko in Germany, Tyson Fury is still the “lineal” heavyweight champion. 
He had two tuneup fights in the Summer, then went straight for Wilder. Most sanctioning bodies strip a champion of his belt if he doesn’t fight for a full year, yet there is no “lineal” society which requires payment for the right to defend it. Let’s move on to Wilder versus Fury part II. Locale to be determined. It now appears that they need each other. 


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