Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury Official?
Now that the formalities (and by that I mean a dominant and unsurprising win over Francesco Pianeta) are out of the way, Tyson Fury looks like he will get a shot at a world heavyweight title.
Deontay Wilder will defend his WBC heavyweight title against Fury later this year in Las Vegas on a Showtime pay-per-view card.
This all came after Fury defeated Francesco Pianeta in Fury’s second fight since his return at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The fight was not competitive in the slightest bit, but Fury was dominant in every round. Referee Steve Gray gave all 10 rounds to Fury, winning 100-90.
The fight saw a more aggressive Fury than what he showed in his first comeback fight, which was a stoppage win over Sefer Seferi. Fury landed his left hand well throughout the fight, which saw Pianeta attempt to land his right hand, but did not hurt the lineal champion. Fury's footwork looked better in the bout against Pianeta, with the much bigger Fury slipping under some of Pianeta's punches.
There was no commotion in the crowd that distracted Fury from the fight like in the bout against Seferi and he resembled more like the fighter who beat Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 in this second comeback fight compared to the first.
After the fight, Fury said his performance, "Was a calculated boxing performance as promised." Fury then called Wilder to the ring, where the WBC champion stated the fight "is on." Promoter Frank Warren said all details will be revealed the following week, but no such announcement came.
As time kept progressed, Dan Rafael of ESPN reported that Fury was starting to get cold feet and considered pulling out of the fight. This comes after Fury revealed he would have loved to have had another tune-up fight before fighting Wilder, but was not going to pass up the opportunity.
Since then, Fury, Warren and MTK Global, the company that manages Fury, have all completely reject Rafael’s report, though Rafael continues to insist that someone from Fury’s camp told him what was in Rafael’s report.
It was previously reported by Mike Coppinger of Ring Magazine that the fight will take place in Las Vegas either in November or December and that it will be shown in the United States as a Showtime pay-per-view. Fury, who has won every major heavyweight world title except the WBC title, will be fighting for a world title for the first time since that historic upset win over Klitschko at the end of 2015, is looking to complete the rare feat of winning every major title at least one point in his career, something no heavyweight has yet to achieve as prior undisputed heavyweight champions did not have their reigns in the four-belt era that we are currently living in.
But of course, Fury wasn’t the main attraction of that Belfast show from August 18.
Carl Frampton had one of his finer performances in his last couple of fights, getting him some much needed momentum for a potential British superfight against Josh Warrington.
In the main event, Frampton retained his interim WBO featherweight title against previously unbeaten Australian Luke Jackson. Frampton won the fight with a stoppage in the ninth round, his first fight to not go the distance since 2015.
The gameplan for Frampton was a simple one: repeatedly attack the body to wear down Jackson and start increasing the pace of his punches thrown as the fight progressed. Frampton started by landing short combinations to the body, but Jackson manage to fend off Frampton’s punches early on.
Jackson did have moments where he let his hands go, but Frampton was able to maneuver his way out of danger. Although Frampton had been winning virtually every round, Frampton did appear frustrated at times that he was not able to put away Jackson early on in the fight.
Frampton would get more aggressive with his punches starting in the fifth round and it eventually resulted in Frampton knocking down Jackson late in the eighth round with a body shot. With Frampton’s body shots taking its toll on Jackson, the Australian’s corner threw in the towel in the ninth round after Frampton hurt his opponent a flurry of body shots.
This was Frampton’s first interim WBO title defense as he had previously won the title back in April in another main event fight in Belfast. In that fight, Frampton defeated former world champion Nonito Donaire by unanimous decision to win the title.
After the win, the idea of a potential fight against Warrington, IBF featherweight champion, later this year. Both fighters are promoted by Frank Warren and it’s been a fight that has been discussed for some time. With WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez still recovering from a broken jaw, Frampton could fight Warrington and attempt to become a three-time world champion and Warren later admitted that was the plan for later this year.
As both men are currently in a division that could also have WBA champion Leo Santa Cruz face WBC champion Gary Russell Jr., the British showdown could potentially plant the seeds for a three-belt unification fight between the winners of the two aforementioned fights, especially if it’s Frampton and Santa Cruz winning those respective fights.
Frampton and Santa Cruz have fought twice already, with Frampton upsetting Santa Cruz in a 2016 Fight of the Year contender and Santa Cruz would later return the favor in January 2017 when he defeated Frampton to recapture the WBA title.
It’s interesting to note how rare of an occasion this is to have Showtime do a boxing pay-per-view where neither headliner was named Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Canelo Alvarez. The last time such a pay-per-view took place was in 2011 when Manny Pacquiao fought Shane Mosley and before that, the last Showtime PPV was in 2005 when Kevin McBride defeated Mike Tyson, retiring the former undisputed heavyweight champion.
Though this is now a bit of a long shot, but the Wilder vs. Fury fight could be a test run for not just a potential Mikey Garcia vs. Errol Spence pay-per-view, which now looks to take place in 2019, but also a potential April 2019 pay-per-view between Wilder and unified champion Anthony Joshua. But with Joshua’s deal with Showtime done and fighting next on the DAZN platform in the U.S., a Joshua vs. Wilder superfight is now once again in limbo.
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