I loved the antics and banter in the pre-fight interviews. Brings me back to the 90s. And Fury making faces throughout the fight? Hilarious!
In terms of the scoring, I thought Tyson was generally the better boxer, and may have edged the scores in the end. He landed a lot more shots. His head movement and foot work was fantastic for a huge man. His defense was great. Wilder was flailing around most of the fight, and looked uncomfortable throughout -but he always does, till he knocks you out. Tyson clearly won most of the rounds, and one could even argue the final round where he was knocked down, Fury was still the aggressor much of that round (not sure how that would score though). And Fury getting up from that 2nd knockdown with 1 second to go? Straight out of Hollywood.
Wilder certainly has a solid chin for taking great shots in the head all night by a giant and staying upright. But despite me thinking Tyson edged the scores, a small voice in my head of me says Wilder deserved a draw for those two Rocky-esque knock downs he laid on Fury. And for this reason, overall, I'm not completely foiled with the decision. And the fans get a rematch in the end!
I really enjoyed the fight & have been proved wrong by Fury's boxing abilities & resilience. Being generous to the scoring as I could Fury won 114-112 with the 2 10-8 rounds but hey I ain't gonna say robbery. I just wish Deontay would not claim Fury got a long count, look at the official clock he was up at 9 & the ref was excellent. The 115-111 was just plain wrong, but it was ironic the British judge who sealed Fury's fate with a draw.
I still maintain AJ is the best heavyweight, he hits in my opinion as hard as Wilder & is a far superior boxer, a genuine 242lb man, KO for Joshua. Fury is way more awkward & would prove a tougher proposition for sure but if AJ had Fury down as Wilder did, AJ would have finished him with measured shots in my opinion. All that said I don't think I am totally convinced of my own opinion & if Fury goes the distance I would happily be proved wrong.
1) It seems that their was favoritism towards the home town yet again.
Also we might think about a way to get the judges less obscured viewing, especially with the big guys in there.
2) It was a contrast of boxes poorly with top notch 1 punch power, vs. boxes very well with mediocre power for the division.
3) There was NO long count. The ref acted very well, & it is a 10 count: rarely is it precisely 10 seconds, & it is not literally supposed to be. Just close to that with a skilled, consistent count.
4) Fury proved his mettle. Also coming back from such a layoff, drugs, depression, losing near 150 lbs...Very impressive.
5) These dudes are consistent towards the modern trend in being so tall.
But not in most physical characteristics & tendencies.
Fury boxes & defends with much talent. While he is not at all a bruiser, despite his size & his name@!
Wilder lives up to HIS name.
But he is also unusual in dimensions: at 6' 7" & at just 212 & 1/2 this time, he is basically the size & reach (barely taller & longer) than Earnie Terrell.
And he has the height-weight ratio of Ye Olde Tyme HWs.
He has minimal body fat, moderate if highly defined upper body...And as per an eccentric/obsessive thread I started, no legs!
An 18" thigh at that height, even for any HW EVER, fuhgettibout from modern times...
Is tiny, basically unheard of.
You DO realize that Bowe dropped the WBC belt in the trash can to duck Lennox, right? Lennox knocked out Bowe in the 1988 Olympics and Bowe feared him ever since.
Also Bowe did NOT fight the same level of competition Lewis did. Lewis beat Morrison, Ruddock, Mercer, Golota (in one round, Bowe struggled with Golota in TWO fights) Tua, Briggs, Vitali, Bruno, Holyfield, Butler, Tyson, Grant, and on and on.
The only big names Bowe fought were Holyfield and Golota. And like I already mentioned, Lewis destroyer Golota in one round while Bowe would have lost twice to Golota if not for those low blows.
Nope. By that point Lewis had already beaten Bruno, Tony Tucker and Ruddock, (all three were top guys and Tucker had been heavyweight champion) and Lewis later beat far better competition than Bowe ever faced. Before the dumpster incident, the best guy Bowe fought was Evander.
The facts are this: Lewis beat better competition than Bowe.
Bowe was afraid to fight Lennox. Despite Bowe’s constant trash talk, his actions prove different.
Lennox has the much stronger legacy.
Bowe only had one loss as a professional (Holyfield) but the guys he beat weren’t at the highest level. Lewis routinely destroyed the top level guys. And Bowe honestly would have lost those Golota fights had Golota not been obsessed with punching Bowe’s balls. The same Golota that Lewis crushed in less than a round, mind you.
I will just add that I do not know if Bowe could have had even as good a career as Lewis-possibly, but his lack of a work/training ethic & the fridge installed in the bedroom eating problem prevented us ever knowing that.
Beat Ruddock? Likely, Razor was limited, though at best world class.
With respect, I think you betray some bias Red.
I assume you know that Holyfield-Bowe was a trilogy, & both were prime for all fights-so why only mention 2 fights? That would help your case-but not that Bowe ever did nearly as much as Lewis.
You could argue that Holyfield lost one due to illness.
And that the fan man helped him win one.
Regardless, Bowe never was that accomplished-compared to his talent.
A big & great infighter is something special.
But he did not fight great competition, partially due to not being able to stay on track.