LAS VEGAS -- Unable to complete one of the greatest comeback stories in sports history when he settled for a disputed draw against Deontay Wilder in their first meeting, Tyson Fury made the bold claim that he would take the fight out of the judges' hands.
In one-sided and brutal fashion, the defensive boxing Fury transformed into the puncher to score a pair of knockdowns before finishing Deontay Wilder in their rematch at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Wilder's corner threw in the towel in Round 7 at 1:39 as a weary Wilder was battered from pillar to post.
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Fury (30-0-1, 23 KOs) defended his lineal title and added Wilder's WBC title to his growing legend. The former three-belt champion who once upset Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 before a nearly three-year retirement fueled by substance abuse, obesity and mental health, Fury put a capstone on his tremendous personal comeback.
To do so, Fury boldly walked down possibly the biggest puncher in the sport's history and battered the bully in Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs), just like he said he would, and exposed the limited technical ability of the "Bronze Bomber."
"The king has returned," Fury said in front of his adoring crowd. "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 was pure entertainment from start to close. He came out wearing a crown on a throne to the tune of "Crazy" by Patsy Cline. He then closed the post fight festivities inside the ring by serenading the crowd with his own rendition of "American Pie" by Don Maclean.
In a fight storyline eerily reminiscent to Muhammad Ali's upset KO of George Foreman in 1974's "Rumble in the Jungle," Fury wore down Wilder from start to finish with clean punches. He also used his 43-pound weight advantage to clinch and lean all over Wilder and take away his gas tank.
"Things like this happen. The best man won," Wilder said. "My coach threw in the towel and I was ready to go out on my shield. I make no excuses tonight. I just wish that my corner would've let me go out on my shield. I'm a warrior."
It remains to be seen whether Fury, a fighter of Irish Traveller descent who was born in England, will get a chance in 2020 to become undisputed champion against unified king Anthony Joshua -- the British megastar who reclaimed his trio of titles by defeating Andy Ruiz Jr. in their fall rematch. The major stopping block is the potential of a trilogy bout against Wilder who has 30 days to force a mandatory rematch.
"This is what big-time boxing is all about. The best must fight the best," Wilder said. "Even the greatest have lost and came back. I have no excuses tonight and we will come back even stronger next time."
Outside of some hard jabs and counter right hands to regain respect, Wilder was really never in the fight. He was dropped in Round 3 on a big right hand to the side of the head and succumbed two rounds later due to a left hook to the body that dropped him. Fury took Wilder's right hands well by moving with the punches and never found himself in any trouble.
Fury outlanded Wilder 82-34 in total punches and out-threw the Alabama-native 267-141, according to CompuBox. 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.
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Wilder vs. Fury 2 card, results
Tyson Fury (c) def. Deontay Wilder via seventh-round TKO (corner stoppage)
Charles Martin def. Gerald Washington via sixth-round knockout
Emanuel Navarrete (c) def. Jeo Santisima via 11th-round TKO
Sebastian Fundora def. Daniel Lewis via unanimous decision (97-93, 98-92, 99-91)
Wilder vs. Fury 2 scorecard, live coverage