Tyson Fury Stops Deontay Wilder in Rematch; Wins WBC Heavyweight Title
England's Tyson "The Gypsy King" Fury (30-0-1, 20 KOs) stopped and handed former world champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KO's) of Tuscaloosa, Alabama his first defeat as they renewed their rivalry Saturday night in front of sold crowd of 15,186 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in a historic, joint FOX Sports PPV & ESPN+ PPV. Making it the highest gross heavyweight fight.
Fury came out aggressive from the start pressing and backing Wilder connecting with a wild right. Working the stiff jab in round two, Fury kept Wilder away but the champ sneaked in a right hand. Later in the round, Fury backed Wilder to the ropes. Continuing to use the jab, Fury kept backing Wilder and followed up with short punches on the inside as the champ attempted to get inside, moments later Fury dropped Wilder as he appeared to be hurt and was saved by the bell. Fury attacked in the fourth as he pressed Wilder, all the champ can do was clinch and by time to recover.
Coming out aggressive in the fifth, Fury dropped Wilder for a second time as the Gypsy King went for the finish however his aggression cost him as referee Kenny Bayless deducted a point from Fury for hitting Wilder behind the head on the break. Fury continued to dominate through 6 as Wilder's lip was busted and was bleeding from his ear. Fury was all over the champ to begin the seventh as Wilder's corner had seen enough as they threw in the towel in the seventh 1:39.
With the win Fury becomes the new WBC and Ring Magazine heavyweight champion.
Former heavyweight world champion Charles Martin (28-2-1, 24 KOs) scored a sixth round knockout over former world title challenger Gerald "El Gallo Negro" Washington (20-4-1, 13 KOs) squared off in the co-feature in an IBF title eliminator. Martin and Washington were off to a fast start as they exchanged to close round one. The southpaw Martin shot the straight left into Washington's mid section in the third as Washington stalked. In round three both fighters kept their distance as Martin pressed and Washington stuck out the jab. The fourth round was slow paced with Washington and Martin measuring with their jabs but late in the round Martin rallied as he landed a flush straight left to close.
The straight left landed once again for Martin as he connected Washington multiple times with it in the fifth. A straight left found its mark for the last time as Martin sent Washington to the canvas. Washington got up but could not continue as he was dazed. Referee Tony Weeks waived it at 1:57 of the sixth
WBO super bantamweight champion Emanuel "Vaquero" Navarrete, (31-1, 27 KOs) of Mexico City successfully defended his title as he scored an eleventh round stoppage over Jeo Santisima (19-3, 16 KOs) of the Philippines. Off to a slow start, Navarrete boxed as he sized up Santisima in the opening round. Navarrete began to let his hands go in the second round as he pressed Santisima. In the third, Navarrete landed some solid shots on the Filipino. Santisima had his moment in the fourth as he backed Navarrete to the ropes with some big shots.
Exchanging on the inside in the fifth, Navarrete and Santisima didn't hold back. Later in the round a left hook by the champ momentarily staggered the challenger. Continuing to land solidly in the sixth, Navarrete was in control landing the power shots on Santisima as he continued to show his courage. In round seven, Navarrete mixed it up fighting from the southpaw stance as he showed he outclassed Santisima. Unloading combinations in the eighth, Navarrete was all over the Filipino landing solidly.
Late in the fight the champ was in control working off the jab and following up with big punches. Credit to Santisima as he hung in there thus far. Navarrete showed an all out offensive in the tenth and he unloaded on Santisima backing him up to the ropes as the champ wanted to finish it. Teeing off in the eleventh, Navarrete finally finished Santisima as referee Russell Mora stepped in to waiv the bout at 2:20.
Opening the Pay per view telecast undefeated super welterweights Sebastian Fundora (14-0-1, 9 KOs) won a lackluster unanimous decision over 2016 Australian Olympian Daniel Lewis (6-1, 4 KOs). The height difference was obvious as Fundora towered over Lewis as he jabbed and followed up with uppercuts in the opening round. Lewis attempted to get inside as Fundora caught him with an uppercut but Lewis connected solidly on the inside as Fundora was busted. Lewis closed the distance in the third as Fundora couldn't keep him away. Staying on the inside in the fourth, Lewis stood on top of Fundora as his nose continued to bleed. The fight continued on the inside with Lewis staying close to the taller man as Fundora tried to get more snap on his punches.
Halfway through in the sixth Lewis did not take a step back as he went at the towering Fundora. The Australian fighter backed and pinned Fundora up against the ropes in the seventh as Lewis relentlessly swarmed the tall fighter. Fighting on the inside in the eighth, Lewis did not allow Fundora any distance. Late in the fight, Fundora was bleeding from his nose as Lewis kept coming. In the tenth and final round, Lewis pressed as Fundora jabbed and kept his distance to close.
The judges scored it 99-91, 98-92, and 97-93.
Norwalk, California's Javier Molina (22-2, 9 KOs) won a very impressive unanimous decision over Amir Imam (22-3, 19 KOs) of Albany, New York in headlining the FS1, ESPNEWS and in Spanish on FOX Deportes and ESPN3. Starting off fast and flashy, Imam and Molina boxed in the early rounds. Continuing to show flash in the fourth, Molina and Imam began to pick up the pace letting their hands go.
Working inside in the fifth, Molina and Imam exchanged but Molina retreated and mixed it up. The 2008 U.S Olympian, Molina began to go downstairs to the body. In the sixth Molina and Imam continued to box a chess match and fight strategically. Molina boxed behind the jab and kept his distance in the seventh as Imam stalked landing a solid right in the process. Molina showed some flash at the end of the round. Continuing to keep his distance in the eighth, Molina boxed well and landed some solid counters as Imam pressed.
Judges scored it 79-73, 78-74, and 78-74
Armenia’s Petros Ananyan (15-2-2, 7 KOs) and Puerto Rico’s Subriel Matias (15-1, 15 KOs) went the distance ten rounds in a super lightweight bout in opening up the FS1, ESPNEWS and in Spanish on FOX Deportes and ESPN3 telecast. The Puerto Rican, Matías boxed as Ananyan esas the aggressor early on. Ananyan appeared to be cut on the head in the fourth. Matías closed the round very strong as he drilled Ananyan. In the fifth, Ananyan was bleeding but despite that he kept going forward as Matias shot straight punches and boxed.
Round six saw relentlessness from Ananyan despite getting tagged with big shots and bloodied. Matias stuck to plan and mixed it up. Ananyan was taking some punishment through seven as Matias kept working him. However, a huge overhand right hand changed the momentum as Ananyan staggered and dropped Matias to finish the round. Coming out strong attacking in the eight, Ananyan went right at Matias hitting him and backing him to the ropes. The momentum was in Ananyan favor heading into the ninth as he kept backing Matias with the right. In the tenth and final round Ananyan attacked as Matias let his hands go as the fight appeared to be close in going the distance.
After ten round the judges scored the bout 96-93, 95-94, and 95-94 as Ananyan pulls out the demand upset
Lightweight prospect Gabriel Flores Jr. (17-0, 6 KOs) of Stockton, California was dominant in winning an eight round decision over Matt Conway (17-2, 7 KOs) of Pittsburgh. Flores scored a knockdown in the opening round in landing a solid right hand. Boxing effectively, Flores showed good hand speed as he circled Conway in the early part of the fight. Past the hallway point, working the jab, Flores pumped the jab at Conway as he continued to stalk. Working effectively inside, Flores landed some uppercuts in the seventh as he continued to display his superior skills boxing away as Conway attempted to back him. Finishing strong and impressive, Flores left no doubt working his way to a decision. The judges scored the bout 80-71, 80-71, and 79-72.
New Jersey's 17 year old prospect Vito Mielnicki Jr. (5-0, 3 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Corey Champion (1-3, 1 KO). Mielnicki scored a knockdown in the opening round and was dominant for four rounds closing strong. Credit to Champion for hanging in. Scores were 40-35, 40-35, and 40-34.
Featherweight Isaac Lowe (19-0-3, 6 KOs) _ Mexico's Alberto Guevara (27-5, 12 KOs) in the opening bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Featherweight Isaac Lowe (20-0-3, 6 KOs) and Mexico’s Alberto Guevara (27-6, 12 KOs) went the distance in a wild one that saw multiple point deductions. Countering effectively early on, Guevara set up the stalking Lowe. Referee Vic Drakulich deducted a point from Guevara in the third for holding. Lowe began to close in on Guevara in the fourth, landing a solid left hook. Drakulich deducted another point in the fifth but this time from Lowe as he shoved Guevara to the ground. Later in the round, Drakulich deducted another point from Lowe.
Halfway through in the sixth, Guevara was deducted a point for hitting during the break. Moments later Drakulich deducted a point from the Australian for shoving as both fighters were flirting with disqualification. Lowe attacked in the eighth and dropped Guevara. Continuing to show his aggression the Aussie, Lowe out worked Guevara in route to a decision. Scores were 96-87, 96-87, and 95-88 Unbeaten prospect
Rolando Romero (11-0, 10 KOs) of Las Vegas scored a second round stoppage over Arturs Ahmetovs (5-1, 2 KOs), of Latvia in opening up the card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Romero floored Ahmetovs twice in the second as he was up displaying his heart and toughness but Romero’s attack was too much for the Latvian and the referee stepped in to stop the fight at 1:22 of round two.
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