Fast, angry and mentally locked in, Deontay ‘Bronze Bomber’ Wilder (41-0-1, 40KO) sent Mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale (20-2-0, 18KO) mentally into orbit with a right hand that must’ve felt as if Brezeale was hit with a metal baseball bat… Continue reading “Deontay Wilder Obliterates Dominic Breazeale with a Right Hand, Ends his Night Early”
Powerpunching WBC Heavyweight World Titlist Deontay ‘Bronze Bomber’ Wilder (40-0-1, 39KO) will look to make a 9th defense of his Title by letter of the law in facing Mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale (20-1-0, 18KO) on Saturday, May 18th.
It’s been a long, arduous steady rise since the Heavyweight division tanked out and hit rock-bottom approximately a decade ago, however slowly over the last few years, new talent has emerged from the amateur ranks to take over the division, blending in with a healthy mix of veteran hold-overs who can still box at a high level, and with the addition of a few prominent Cruiserweight’s who are looking to shoot their shot, thus culminating in a Heavyweight cast that is a very good, and interesting division once again. What do we have in the mix? we have…
3 Olympic Gold-Medalists
1 Olympic Bronze-Medalist
1 Reigning Undisputed Cruiserweight Champion
2 Boxers Who Defeated Future Hall-of-Famer Wladimir Klitschko
1 former Lineal Champion
6 Current or Former Title Holders
4 Current or Former Unified Champions
Anthony Joshua is a Gold-Medalist, who sits atop the division by possessing 3 belts, (WBA, WBO, IBF), and has the status of being one of the 2 biggest money draws in the sport.
Deontay Wilder (WBC Champion) will never be a polished boxer due to his late start, however his grit, fortitude, athleticism and punching power are completely unmatched, making him one of the most dangerous fighters in boxing for anyone to face.
Tyson Fury before an abrupt retirement became the Lineal Champion of the world when he dethroned long reigning Champion Wladimir Klitschko. Upon his return, he is trying to reclaim that positioning once again to recapture what he once had.
As for Luis Ortiz, no one really knows how old he is, but he’s still quick for a big man, fundamentals are still up to par, and he can still box.
New edition and Cruiserweight King Oleksandr Usyk has no weaknesses, can do it all, and is looked at as one of the best boxers in the world, with some pundits even seeing him as thee best. His major challenge for the division will be how he circumvents his future opponents size discrepancies to utilize the skill advantage that he has over everyone else.
Usyk’s Cruiserweight rival Murat Gassiev has also made the jump up to Heavyweight, and he certainly has the one punch knockout power to aid him in his efforts, while he has a multitude of different skills to hang his hat on.
While Alexander Povetkin hasn’t exactly had the most eventful pro career, that doesn’t speak to the level that he fights at, and he has proven to be a very good fighter, even at this stage of his career.
As for Dillian Whyte, there are very few fighters in the last 5 years that has improved more than he has. Since his defeat to Joshua back in 2015, he has elevated his skills drastically, turning him into a major player in the division.
Jarrell Miller has become a polarizing figure, with not much, to very little merit to the negative critique passed on his way. Too much is made of what his numbers on the weight scale says, blinding people from the reality that for such a massive individual, he is very nimble on his feet, with quality reflexes, upper body movement, and possesses the best stamina in the Heavyweight division despite him hovering around 300 lbs.
Michael Hunter is another talented former Cruiserweight who made the jump up. The son of former contender Mike ‘The Bounty’ Hunter only has one loss to his record, that coming against Usyk. Joseph Parker and Adam Kownacki are more-so middle of the pack Heavyweights, however it speaks to the health of the division that these 2 fighters are looked at as fringe top-10, with them being respectable fighters in their own right.
PROGNOSIS…the Heavyweght division is a healthy one. While a fight or two is taking too long to manifest, we now have enough depth to still get some big time quality matches to happen while things are sorted out to make those other marquee fights materialize.
What. A. Fight.
Talk about two prizefighters that possess the true heart of a champion.
WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder (40 – 0 – 1, 39KO) and Tyson Fury (27 – 0 – 1, 19KO) squared off in front of a packed house at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and gave everyone in attendance their moneys worth.
The fight started with Fury exhibiting his trademark herky-jerky head and upper body movement, constantly moving to keep Deontay at bay, while Deontay came out trying to gauge the timing of Fury’s constant feints. As the fight wore on, Fury started getting comfortable, slipping most of Wilder’s power shots, peppering him with the jab, and landing some counters along the way. Fury was extremely cognizant of Deontay’s devastating right hand, evading it at all costs, while Wilder wasn’t making it easy on himself by rounding the right hand out instead of firing it straight, making it easier to see for his opponent.
As the rounds continued, Fury got more and more comfortable with exploiting some of Deontay’s weaknesses, and keeping him off balance, pop-shotting him here n there, and making him pay with combinations whenever he was cast out of position.
In the mid-rounds Wilder decided to widen his stance and slightly changed his tactics, where he found a little more success, landing a couple body shots and shooting more jabs upstairs, but Fury continued to be an elusive target that Deontay was having problems finding, and Fury continued to outbox him.
The 9th round is where Wilder started to string a few punches together and was successful in knocking Fury down. Fury may have been a little off-balance, but Deontay connected with a good, sound shot, and it was a legitimate knockdown. Culminating the 9th, 10th and 11th round, we got the sense that Deontay was in serious need of a knockout to retain his title-belt.
Both entered the 12th round very confident, and we were blessed with an unbelievable finish. Wilder, instead of winging the right hand as he did for most of the fight decided to straighten it out, and ark it downwards as Fury tried to duck under it, but he got caught with the big power shot on the ear, and then a dynamite left hook followed, knocking Fury straight on his back, with his head hitting the canvas. One of the most devastating sequences witnessed in boxing in quite some time, it looked like Fury was out cold, and that there was no way in hell that he was going to get up from what looked like a shoe-in for Knockout of the Year, but with serious determination, serious heart, and serious fortitude, Fury somehow got up just in the nick of time to beat the 10 count.
A swell took over the Staples Center as everyone was collectively in shock that Tyson got up from such a nasty combination. Doing everything he could to convince Referee Jack Reiss to continue, he survived, and Wilder, dead tired and running on fumes emptied his entire arsenal trying to put Fury out for good, but Fury countered him with a 2-punch combination that rocked Deontay as he was pushing forward on his onslaught. Both men hurt, and completely spent, emptied their last bullets leading up to the final bell of the 12th round.
Both men exhibited high inordinate amount of respect towards one another after the fight, as they should. Combat aside, they’re both actually fond of each other, and both have gained a greater deal of respect for each other after the fight. The scorecards were about to be read and was announced that it was a split-decision. Assuming with a split-decision in play that we were going to get a winner, it was announced that it was ruled a SPLIT DRAW, therefore Deontay Wilder reclaims his WBC title, and Tyson Fury still claims what he believes is the Lineal tag to his name in terms of being the actual Champion of the division. An interesting fight, a thriller down the stretch, and an otherworldly explosive finish to cap the night off, but somebody’s ‘O’ had to go? not so…..here is our scores & the scores of the official judges.
PROJECT COMBAT SCORECARDS:
JON UDDIN = 115 – 111 TYSON FURY.
TRE BERRY = 115 – 111 TYSON FURY.
ALEJANDRO ROCHIN = 115 – 111 DEONTAY WILDER
ROBERT TAPPER = 114 – 110 TYSON FURY
PHIL EDWARDS = 113 – 113 DRAW
Disagreements aside with the scoring, this fight was another booster shot in the arm for a Heavyweight division that is slowly beginning to resurge, and I speak for all of us when I say that we’re all for it, as the Heavyweight division has always been an integral part in mounting excitement to the landscape of the sport.
By Roy “Sharpshooter” Bennett
Tyson Fury (27-0-0, 19KO) must have kissed the Irish Blarney Stone when he signed to fight Deontay Wilder (40-0-0, 39KO) because the self proclaimed “Gypsy King” has talked up a storm in the lead up to one of the most heavily anticipated heavyweight showdowns in years. But he will need more than the gift of the gab to carry him to victory once the bell rings on Saturday night.
Fury will be sharing the ring with one of the most destructive punchers in professional boxing, and Wilder’s right hits like an anvil being dropped from great height. Title challengers Luis Ortiz and Artur Szpilka know all too well what it feels like. Both men looked to have Wilder beaten until the right hand brutally ended matters. Any loss of concentration of Fury’s part will prove to be disastrous and while I won’t write him off completely, he’s going to have an uphill battle keeping Wilder off balance with empty feints for twelve rounds.
Fury has to punch with authority to keep Wilder cautious but in doing so he puts himself at even further risk. If he can plant a few seeds of doubt in Wilder’s mind he might shock us all with a repeat sleight of hand performance, as he did with Klitschko, and pull the upset. But it’s a long shot. I fear the more likely scenario is Wilder catching Fury with a big punch in the middle rounds to bring an abrupt and crushing end to the argument.