WILDER-FURY EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS: MUST SEE REMATCH COMING SOON
By G. Leon
Christmas comes early for WIlder, undercard goes as expected
Deontay Wilder D12 Tyson Fury: So nobodies O went anywhere. Undefeated WBC champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury gave boxing fans a fight of the year candidate and the best heavyweight championship fight since Lewis-Klitschko. Fury's herky jerky style gave Wilder trouble throughout and he clearly won the majority of the rounds. Wilder appeared to be looking for the KO far too much and the knockdown he scored in the ninth round narrowed the scorecards. Going into the twelfth and final round it was clear Wilder needed a knockout to win. Deontay was able to land a left hook that flattened Fury who appeared to wake up at the count of six, beat the count and possibly finish the fight as the stronger man. Official scores were 115-111 Wilder, 114-110 Fury, 113-113. Boxingtalk scored the fight 114-112 Fury.
Jarrett Hurd TKO4 Jason Welborn: Undefeated WBA/IBF junior middleweight champion Jarrett Hurd 23-0 (16KO), easily survived a couple of scary moments against heavy underdog Jason Welborn to score a stoppage in the fourth round of his return bout this evening. After the fight WBC champ Jermell Charlo came into the ring to call out Hurd for a unificiation bout that is likely to happen in 2019.
Luis Ortiz TKO10 Travis Kauffman: World class heavyweight Luis Ortiz, 30-1 (27KO), dominated game Travis Kauffman over ten relatively one sided rounds tonight. Ortiz landed the cleaner harder punches throughout, dropping Kauffman, 32-3 (23KO), three times before scoring a stoppage in the closing minute of hte last round. Kauffman showe a ton of character and will get more opportunities if he wants them, but Ortiz was simply too sharp tonight.
Joe Joyce TKO1 Joe Hanks: Joe Joyce promptly disposed of heavyweight journeyman Joe Hanks in the opening round. Joyce landed a left hook in the final minute of the frame that had Hanks all over the place forcing the referee to stop the fight.