Tyson Fury has won the much-anticipated rematch against Deontay Wilder on Saturday, and he did it in grand fashion.
While Fury didn’t score a one-punch knockout, he did knock Wilder down twice and dominated him en route to a corner stoppage in the seventh round.
With the win, Fury gains the WBC and vacant The Ring heavyweight title, while retaining the lineal heavyweight belt. He improved to 30-0-1 with an absolute rout of Wilder, handing the former champion the first loss of his storied career. Wilder fell to 42-1-1 with the loss.
The two originally met in December 2018, when they fought to a split draw. Fury largely controlled the action in the first bout, but Wilder put him on the ground twice, in the ninth and then again in the 12th round. Fury’s recovery was unexpected and possibly the biggest boxing moment of that year.
As such, there was plenty of hype going into the rematch.
While Anthony Joshua was off fighting Andy Ruiz Jr., the boxing world became focused on the rematch between Fury and Wilder. The two talked as much trash as anyone, and had to be barred from facing off at the weigh-in when they couldn’t keep from extreme personal attacks, both verbal and physical, at the final pre-fight press conference. Both felt they’d won the first bout.