Tyson Fury scored a stunning upset in last Saturday’s heavyweight title fight. The upset wasn’t so much that he won; it’s that he knocked down Deontay Wilder twice and stopped him in the seventh round when Wilder’s corner threw in the towel.
The aftermath of the fight led to predictable excuses by the Wilder camp. First trainer Jay Deas criticized assistant trainer Mark Breland for throwing in the towel without his, or Wilder’s, consent. Deas argued that Wilder likes to “go out on his shield.” Easy for a trainer who isn’t getting his head beat in to say. The fighter himself is always going to say that. It was obvious to most that Breland made the right decision (especially as a former fighter) even though it’s probably going to lead to his dismissal.
After shaming Breland for protecting him, Wilder blamed the heavy costume that he walked into the ring wearing. Apparently, he underestimated its weight and said it lead him to tire too early. That has to go down as one of the most creative excuses for losing of all time in any sport. Of course, at the top of that list would be that of the Indianapolis Colts: deflated footballs.
What’s next? Wilder has 30 days as of his loss to activate an option in his contract for a mandatory rematch. Will he? Probably, but hopefully not. Fury commanded the first match until the knockdowns late in the fight. This time, he not only dominated, he made sure the fight would not be put in the hands of the judges. He’s clearly the superior fighter, and a third fight would just further confirm that superiority. What the public wants now is a Fury vs. Anthony Joshua fight. This makes more sense than a rubber match with Wilder. But it’s hard to imagine that, despite his age, Wilder would want to retire after such a humiliating loss. After all, he wants to go out on his shield.
By: Peter Mooney CruelFan.com