Tyson Fury beats Deontay Wilder in world title fight in Las Vegas

first_img Source: BBC Tyson Fury produced the most destructive performance of his boxing life to end Deontay Wilder’s five-year reign as WBC heavyweight world champion in seven thrilling rounds of their Las Vegas rematch.The Briton, 31, pummelled his rival in a way few could have imagined following their 2018 draw, flooring him in the third and fifth rounds while constantly backing up the most-feared puncher in the division in a way no-one has done before.A jab and right hand – the combination with which Wilder has wiped men out repeatedly – sent the American down in the third, stunning the MGM Grand Arena.Wilder, making his 11th defence, fell again before the round was out – this time a slip – and looked ragged under the pressure, before a right and left hand to the body sent the 34-year-old down in the fifth.Fury delivered everything he had promised, transitioning from his hit-and-move style to overpower, outwork and bully his previously undefeated rival until the towel came in during the seventh round.This was more than a world title win, it was a statement – and as Fury was held aloft by his corner after victory was sealed, the days of depression, weight gain and despair that cost him the belts he claimed in 2015 seemed a lifetime away.Britons treated to a masterclassThousands of British fans who had descended on Vegas saw their hero take an age to arrive at the ring on a throne, sporting a golden crown. It was the only time Fury moved slowly all night.He hit pads in the ring as Wilder made his ring walk – just as he did 15 months earlier in Los Angeles – and his start was rapid, a flurry of hooks prompting chants of “there’s only one Tyson Fury” from the crowd.Actors Michael J Fox and Jason Statham, as well as Super Bowl winner Patrick Mahomes, watched as Fury raised his hand at the end of the opening three-minute round and things began to feel markedly different to their first meeting.He simply did not take a backward step, forcing Wilder to the ropes and ensuring the champion had no say in the pace of proceedings. And in the third round, those who had paid the kind of ticket prices that made this the highest gate ever in Nevada, rose to their feet at the sight of Wilder floored for only the second time in his career.A right hand behind Wilder’s ear – the same shot with which the American had floored Fury nine rounds into their first fight – did the damage. Wilder then fell again as Fury bulldozed him. At the bell, the pair glared at one another and Wilder knew he was in a place no fighter wants to be. The Britons sitting ringside did not want to be anywhere else.Was the weight Fury had gained making the difference? Was it the new training set-up? Whatever it was worked to perfection. He was putting on a boxing clinic and a right-left combination to the body dropped the stunned Wilder once more in the fifth.Fury was docked a point for punching on the break but he did not seem to care or blink at the punishment, instead continuing to feint and twitch to set shots up before unloading on a man who had started a slight favourite. He led 59-52 59-52 and 58-53 on the cards when the towel came in.Fight week had seen repeated debate over where this meeting ranked in the pecking order of the greatest nights of heavyweight action, but little consensus. What we can say with certainty is that this was a masterclass.last_img read more

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Wenger could leave Arsenal in 2017, Man United miss out on another French starlet and Spurs in for Newcastle star – Paper review

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Arsene Wenger has hinted he will leave Arsenal in 2017. The Frenchman’s current £8m-a-year deal expires at the end of next season. (Daily Mirror)The manager was round on by angry Gunners fans at yesterday’s feisty annual general meeting, with supporters slamming the team’s ‘embarrassing’ Champions League record. (Daily Express)Manchester United look set to miss out on signing Athletic Bilbao’s French under-21 defender Aymeric Laporte, who will join Barcelona next summer in a deal worth around £35m. (Daily Mirror)Both United boss Louis van Gaal and Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino are monitoring Newcastle forward Ayoze Perez. (Newcastle Chronicle) Magpies boss Steve McClaren has revealed the club will NOT sign an emergency goalkeeper following the long-term injury to No.1 Tim Krul, and will wait until January. (Newcastle Chronicle)Everton fans have hit back at former Crystal Palace and QPR manager Neil Warnock after he told talkSPORT that Toffees and England midfielder Ross Barkley, 21, “can’t defend, he can’t take responsibility in his own half”. (Liverpool Echo) Watford manager Quique Flores insists in-form striker Odion Ighalo will not be leaving the club in January despite coming close to a summer move to China. (Daily Star)Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood’s future at the club is in doubt after he angered club owner Randy Lerner by criticising Villa’s transfer business in the summer. (The Sun) Alan Pardew remains entirely focussed on his role as Crystal Palace manager but admits the prospect of taking over as manager of England is an enticing one. (The Guardian)Manchester City are to ask their fans if they want to change the club’s badge. (Daily Mail)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Exclusive – Chelsea should have ditched Jose Mourinho and gone for Jurgen Klopp, says former Blues starIt would be a ‘huge mistake’ for Aston Villa to sack Tim Sherwood, assistant Ray Wilkins tells talkSPORTShock transfer report: Robin van Persie could be on his way to Barcelona in January‘Jurgen Klopp will already have made his mark on Liverpool’, insists Tottenham boss Mauricio PochettinoMauricio Pochettino backs Tottenham starlet Dele Alli to make Roy Hodgson’s England Euro 2016 squadSteve McClaren says Tim Krul’s injury could cost Newcastle 20 points in relegation fight this seasonReal Madrid legend Raul announces his retirement from football‘How many trophies has Sam Allardyce won?’ Rafa Benitez responds to Liverpool jibe from former managerial rivalEva Carneiro’s Chelsea exit has ‘put football back 30 years’, claims Blues legend Le SauxExclusive – Ray Wilkins backs former boss Prince Ali’s bid for FIFA presidencylast_img read more

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