Bernie's Rant | Week in Boxing, Dec 2Written by Bernard Campbell
Wilder vs Fury
At the Staples Center Arena in Los Angeles, California, the hyped up fight between trinket holder Deontay Wilder 40-0-1 vs former Unified Champion Tyson Fury lived up to its billing.
The disappointing paid crowd of 17,698 (out of a 21,000 seating capacity) was a bust given the Lakers can beat that figure on any given night they play there.
Credit given to Fury for for taking the fight to Wilder with a valiant display of heart and stamina to make a clean statement that he's back despite the draw verdict (114-112, 115-111, and 113-113).
Fury, in my mind's eye, took 8 of the 12 rounds. The fact that he was taller and 40 pound heavier worked tremendously in his favor, thwarting and neutralizing Wilders answers. Fury out landed his adversary by a slight margin but Wilder was able to send him on the canvas twice during the bout. It may have been a mistake for the Bronze Bomber to come into the fight at only 212lbs.
Fury still fell short of his top ability thanks to his bi-polar psychotic episode and associated depression which left him out of the ring for 2 and a half years. In that period, Fury was on a psychotropic medication regimen and gained 100 lbs.
Wilder got into more than he bargained for as the slight favorite and was hoping to thrust himself in position for a lucrative chance at current unified champion Anthony Joshua. With the draw, Wilder also lost his opportunity to break Rocky Marciano's record of 49 wins without a draw or a loss.
The estimate revenue of PPV and associated receipts account to 30 million dollars. Conner McGregor, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather have far exceeded that figure in recent years.
Wilder is not a draw with the fans despite the praise he receives from many former boxers. Wilder has consistently failed to meet obligations to fight his mandatories and has always avoided big fights in favor of soft competition opponents throughout his reign and previously.
The last manufactured mandatory he faced was an inactive, out of shape Bermane Stiverne who was resurrected out of his crypt a year ago. A rematch with Fury digresses to the point. He must fight Dillian Whyte to make that trinket he holds credible. If not, he may be stripped of his title. The IBF stripped Gennady Golokvin for facing Saul Alvarez in a rematch instead of honoring his IBF obligation.
Stevenson in critical condition
At the Videotron Center in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist from the Ukraine and number 1 contender Oleksandr Gvosdyk knocked out Champion Adonis Stevenson to win the Light Heavyweight title.
Gvozdyk 16-0 (13), guided by trainer Teddy Atlas, was tentative, uncertain and complacent in the first two rounds. Stevenson was showing a fearless ability to land with right hooks and angle punching to the body and head with an effective left. Due to his frequent activity and 41 year old constitution, Stevenson's endurance seemed to fade by mid fight.
Gvozdyk kept to his gameplan by cute unorthodox body and foot movement, consistently scoring with a low volume punch rate attack. It appears that the style of the Ukrainian is to break his opponent down and get into a fight rhythm with a predictable outcome.
Gvosdyk throws and pushes punches with his arms, not utilizing power from his legs. His KO rate of 81% which is impressive despite the way he executes. He's effective in catching an opponent off guard and out of sync and implementing swift straight rights from his chest with shocking impact.
Until the knockout, the judges had the score in favor of the Canadian, Stevenson, 98-92, 96-94 and 95-95, which I thought was ludicrous.
In the end, Adonis was caught and totally overwhelmed by the finishing swarm of combination punching from Oleksander.
Stevenson had to be carried out of the ring and is currently in critical condition in the hospital. Our sincere prayers and concerns are with him.
From ESPN and Dr. Alexis Turgeon:
“Mr. Stevenson underwent surgery on the night of Saturday to Sunday and has since been admitted to the intensive care unit. He suffers from severe traumatic brain injury. His situation is still stable under the circumstances, but critical. ... His condition requires mechanical respiratory assistance, deep sedation and specialized neurological monitoring. It is too early to comment on Mr. Stevenson’s long-term prognosis.”
Shout-outs to Knockout Freshmart for defending his WBA title with a unanimous decision of former champion Byron Rojas in The Straweight division.
Honorable mention goes out to winners Jeff Horn, Jarrett Hurd, Luis Ortiz, Robert Guerrero and Chris Arreola in their wins also over the weekend, too.