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Furious fighting

Sunday, 2 December, 2018

After years in the sporting wilderness, the heavyweight boxing division is back. It’s now got three talented, ambitious and title-hungry contenders: Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. The latter two met earlier this morning in the Staples Center in Los Angeles and served up a compelling drama in 12 rounds. Fury won the boxing, Wilder landed the two knockdowns and the judges, a shady lot whenever the WBC is involved, scored the bout a dubious split-decision draw. As a result, Wilder retains his heavyweight title. That’s boxing. Outside the ring.

Inside the ring, the commitment of the main actors entertained Mike Coppinger of Ring Magazine: “All 6 feet 9 inches, 256 pounds of Fury collided with the ring mat with just minutes left in the final round. He didn’t move. Not one inch. One. Two. Three. Still no signs of life. Then he pulled a trick right out of The Undertaker’s playbook, and at the count of six, jumped up like a jack-in-the box. How did Fury possibly survive two flush shots from the most dangerous puncher in the sport?”

A rematch is on the cards and it should be held in London as it’s guaranteed to fill whatever house will host it. The Staples Center has a capacity of 21,000 but Wilder struggled to fill it. The Wembley Arena can accommodate 90,000 spectators and a Joshua-Wilder bout or a Wilder-Fury rematch would sell out in jig time. Bring it on.

Tyson Fury


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