The WBC Heavyweight Championship is up for grabs at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Tonight (Saturday, December 1), reigning defending champion Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) will put his belt and undefeated record on the line against former Unified Champion Tyson Fury (27-0, 19 KOs) in which is a fascinating stylistic clash with a lot of hype behind it. Wilder comes off the biggest victory of his career over Luis Ortiz in March, rallying to almost being knocked out to brutally knock Ortiz out with his much-vaunted power. Fury has won a few tune-ups after quitting boxing due to drug test failure, addiction issues, and mental health issues. In his most recent high-profile fight in 2015, Fury ended Wladimir Klitschko’s long-standing reign, and he’ll be eager to hand “The Bronze Bomber” his first loss.
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Bloody Elbow is here to provide you with detailed, turn-based, and ongoing commentary on tonight’s mega-clash between two of the sport’s best heavyweights. The Showtime PPV begins at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, and Wilder vs. Fury is scheduled to begin around 11:30 p.m. ET / 8:30 p.m. PT.
Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury – WBC Heavyweight Title
Round 1 – Wilder begins with a blow to the body. Right hand to the body and some wild shots from Wilder, as Fury picks up. Jab by Fury upstairs. Fury put his hands behind his back for a moment. A few punches thrown by Wilder, one land cleanly, then another melee. Good set of jabs by Fury. Good right hand from Fury and an uppercut. Wilder’s hard left hook! They exchange blows. No more shots from Fury. Right hand identification Wilder dodged. Good Fury Right Hand! They exchange big blows in the middle of the ring! 10-9 Fury.
2nd round – Wilder fails on two jabs. Fury picks up his. No big punches thrown until the halfway point. A 1-2 by Wilder as soon as I say that. Pointed right hand after a Fury jab. No more taunts by Fury. Triple hit. Body shot by Fury as Wilder misses the counter. The two men land blows. Wilder stalks with the savage right hand, misses badly, goes to the body and Fury holds. Really slow lap as Wilder lands a right hand. 20-18 Fury.
Round 3 – Fury comes forward with another jab. The left hook connects for Fury. Wilder with a good left hand on Fury’s nose. Body shot down by Fury and a good left hook to the body by Wilder. The crowd is agitated. Wilder gets cut with a right hand after charging forward. Good body combo by Fury. Now he goes upstairs. The melee ensues. Fury clearly lands a hit after the bell. 30-27 Fury.
Round 4 – Fury with more hits because he’s on the front foot. Wilder’s right hand is narrowly missing. Fury’s left uppercut backs Wilder. Jabs land upstairs for both. Good defense of Fury so far. Jab fast and Wilder misses the block, but scores with a blow to the body. Wilder swings and misses badly. Several jabs connect for Fury. Wilder throws a combination and catches the air. Fury dodges a few hits, lands himself. Good shot from Wilder. 40-36 Fury.
Round 5 – Blood is coming out of Fury’s nose, courtesy of a Wilder left in the previous round. Left hook blocked by Wilder. Lots of Fury feints then a missing left hook. More wild with the jab. Once again, but to the body. Good jab again by Wilder. The crowd is agitated. The left hook partially passes to Wilder. Fury’s suit mostly hits the arms. Fury hides under a right hand and a left. Body shot down by Wilder after Fury received a few punches. Not much in it. 49-46 Fury.
Round 6 – Short left hand inside by Wilder. Jab to the body by Wilder. Fury with combination of punches and passing of a couple. Wilder’s left eye swells. Another exchange of jabs. Nice shot from Fury. Cutting to the right by Wilder and to the left. Uppercut by Fury to the chest. Wilder takes another hit. Good shot from Wilder, however. 59-55 Fury.
Round 7 – Good left by Wilder. Fury with a good right in return. Well next to Fury again. Wilder directs a shot towards the body. Fury’s tough right hand. And another catches Wilder’s attention. Wilder is now swinging for the fences but can’t connect. He just misses a few times before Fury picks up. Another wild right hand off target. Good left by Wilder. A 1-2 box of Fury. Firmer to the right by Fury’s thuds on Wilder’s face. Great shot from Wilder. Fury with a jab. Wilder misses more. 69-64 Fury.
Round 8 – Fury is so hard to touch. Wilder cut it off but didn’t land a lot of telltale punches. Wilder’s left hook grazes Fury’s forehead. Tyson feigns a bolo punch. Two hard knocks from Fury. Right hands on top of Fury score both. Hard body shot down by Wilder … in fact it’s low. Wilder takes it with a right hand but Fury just eats it. 79-73 Fury.
Round 9 – Slow resumption of the tour. Wilder eats a jab. He tags Fury with one right hand and another. Right hand and left hook let go of Fury! He got back on his feet at 8am! Wilder ready to pounce. Throwing wild blows at Fury and Fury is decisive. Against Fury’s left hand! Wilder goes for the finish and now Fury comes forward and scores Wilder! Windmill is missing on the right. Shorter straight lands for Wilder. Fury responds. Wilder is laughed at. Fury backs him up with a jab. Wilder’s right hand. The round ends! 87-83 Fury.
Round 10 – Prick the right hand on Wilder’s guard. Stiff 1-2 by Fury. He got it with a left hook. Fury comes in with a right hand and picks up the phone. He talks to Wilder. A long jab lands for Fury. Good combination by Fury. He charges Wilder but Deontay gets some good shots himself. Jab and Fury’s right hand again. Wilder eats another big right hand. Seconds go by as Fury and Wilder swap tedders! 97-92 Fury.
Round 11 – It’s Fury with the jab. Another landed. Wilder should probably pick up the pace here. He’s blocked, then Wilder is on the attack and Fury dives and dodges and lands a right hand in the clinch. Jab and an uppercut from Fury, but he held Wilder’s head and is cautioned for it. Wilder left hook, then the next one narrowly misses. Sneaky left by Fury. Fury attacks and pushes Wilder back. 107-101 Fury.
Round 12 – Fury is down on a big blow! He gets up at 9am! This is Wilder’s luck. Wilder’s big left hook! Fury desperately picks up! Wilder goes for the finish. He has 90 seconds left! Fury’s big right hand !! Wilder felt it and they picked up again. Fury marks Wilder now! I think Fury cleaned up the cobwebs. Jab by Fury. Two-hit suit by Fury. Now he lets go of his hands! Fifteen seconds as the two men looked exhausted. Wilder’s right hand! Time is running out! What a dramatic end! 115-111 Fury.
Official result: Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury ends in draw (115-111, 112-114, 113-113), Wilder remains WBC heavyweight champion
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