LAS VEGAS – Tyson Fury did everything he promised he’d do Saturday night.
The undefeated Fury, heavier and more aggressive this time, beat up Deontay Wilder, knocked him down twice and eventually caused Wilder’s trainers to throw in the towel during the seventh round of their WBC heavyweight championship rematch at MGM Grand Garden Arena. England’s Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) knocked down Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) once apiece in the third and fifth rounds and was battering the former champion when Wilder’s co-trainers, Jay Deas and Mark Breland, decided they had seen enough.
Wilder didn’t want to stop fighting, but referee Kenny Bayless called an end to the bout at 1:39 of the seventh round because the towel was thrown into the ring. Wilder asked Deas and Breland why they stopped the bout after he walked to his corner.
“I’m doing good,” Wilder told ESPN’s Bernardo Osuna after suffering his first defeat. “Things like this happen. The best man won tonight, but my corner threw in the towel and I was ready to go out on my shield. I had of things going on heading into this fight. It is what it is, but I make no excuses tonight. I just wish my corner would have let me go out on my shield. I’m a warrior. He had a great performance and we will be back stronger.”
Fury’s technical-knockout victory Saturday night was a much more conclusive result than the controversial split draw for which they settled in their first fight 14 months ago in Los Angeles. The judges determined that outcome, but Fury made sure the scorecards of Glenn Feldman, Dave Moretti and Steve Weisfeld weren’t necessary this time.
Wilder floored Fury twice in their first fight, but Fury was the harder puncher and the more physical fighter in a rematch that drew a capacity crowd of 15,816.
The 6-feet-9, 273-pound Fury came in 16½ pounds heavier for their rematch than he weighed for their first fight. He repeatedly promised that the additional weight would help him aggressively go after the hard-hitting Wilder and wear down his significantly lighter opponent by leaning on him.