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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Boxing

Deontay Wilder exercises his rematch clause with Tyson Fury

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will be fighting for a third time.

Wilder officially exercised his rematch clause with Fury, BT Boxing reported Saturday and Yahoo’s Kevin Iole confirmed.

Wilder had 30 days to exercise his rematch clause and didn’t hesitate to do so, making it official a week after his loss to Fury in Las Vegas last weekend.

Wilder and Fury have fought twice. The first was an epic draw, which included Fury seemingly rising from the dead in comeback fashion. The second was won by Fury, who dominated. He knocked Wilder down twice, won every round, and had his opponent wobbly most of the way before Wilder’s corner threw in the towel in the seventh round. Wilder humorously blamed his heavy costume for tiring him out on his walk to the ring.

The second fight between the men reportedly generated 800,000-850,000 pay-per-view buys, and a third fight would probably do a similar amount. The fight could take place during the fall so that it could benefit from the FOX/ESPN promotion during football season.

We’d love to see Fury fight Anthony Joshua before taking on Wilder for a third time, but it looks like a Joshua fight will have to wait.

Report: Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder fight did 800,000 pay-per-view buys

The Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder heavyweight fight on Saturday night in Las Vegas was a big topic of conversation in the sports world, and apparently that was the case among fans as well.

According to The Athletic boxing reporter Mike Coppinger, the rematch generated between 800,000-850,000 pay-per-view buys in North America.

Those are big numbers for the two fighters, especially considering the first fight generated around 325,000 buys. The first fight went so well, and the rematch was so well promoted, that fan interest in the rematch jumped.

Numerous Canelo Alvarez and Manny Pacquiao fights have generated over 1 million pay-per-view fights among active fighters. But in the heavyweight division, the last fight that surpassed this amount of buys in North America was Mike Tyson vs. Lennox Lewis in 2002 (1.97 million buys). That was a long, long time ago.

Now, if they could just get Anthony Joshua involved, heavyweight boxing would really be cooking.

(Note: Joshua has generated several 7-figure buys, but that was in Europe, where the pay-per-view fee is much less than in North America).

Tyson Fury’s promoter bought throne for $1,100 off Amazon

Tyson Fury

Half the fun of Saturday night’s heavyweight pay-per-view match between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder was getting to see their elaborate ring entrances.

Wilder entered the ring in his usual costume, complete with spikes and a mask.

Fury was carried to the ring on a throne while wearing a crown and king’s robe.

SI’s Chris Mannix says Fury’s promoter Top Rank bought the throne off Amazon for $1,100.

The costumes and entrances were more than just a spectacle, according to one of the fighters. Wilder told Yahoo’s Kevin Iole that the heavy costume he wore (40 or so pounds) weakened his legs and contributed to the first loss of his career. That’s absolutely laughable.

Wilder also told Iole he’s planning to exercise his rematch clause for a third fight against Fury. If Wilder and Fury fight for a third time, that would postpone an Anthony Joshua vs. Fury fight.

Anthony Joshua supposedly wants to fight Tyson Fury next

Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua is regarded as one of the best heavyweight fighters in the world, but he has yet to face the other top two heavyweights: Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder. Instead, Joshua has mostly hung out in the UK and even lost to Andy Ruiz Jr. before getting revenge. Meanwhile, Fury and Wilder have now fought twice, battling to a draw in the first and Fury winning the second match.

During a visit on Ariel Helwani’s show Monday, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn said Joshua wants to face Fury.

We’ll believe this when we see it.

Joshua didn’t want Wilder and he probably doesn’t actually want Fury. Or maybe he’s saying he does because he can get some good press knowing that Wilder and Fury will fight for a third time first.

Whatever the case, Joshua needs to get in the mix here with these two. The sport is at its best when the best fighters face each other.

Sergey Kovalev arrested for DUI in Los Angeles

Sergey Kovalev

Boxer Sergey Kovalev was arrested for DUI in Los Angeles early Monday morning.

Kovalev was stopped by California Highway Patrol around 2:00 AM, and the trooper who pulled him over believed the boxer was under the influence and arrested him on suspicion of DUI, according to TMZ Sports. Kovalev was taken to a station and booked before being released later that morning.

Kovalev, 36, is also in the middle of a felony assault case in which he allegedly attacked a woman in 2018 who rejected his sexual advances.

Kovalev is 34-4-1 (29 KOs) in his career. All four of his losses have come in his last eight fights — two to Andre Ward, and his most recent loss was to Canelo Alvarez in November.

Floyd Mayweather sends positive note to Deontay Wilder after first loss

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Deontay Wilder used to share something awesome in common prior to Saturday night: they were both undefeated boxers. But after losing to Tyson Fury in their rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas this weekend, Wilder can no longer boast a perfect record.

Mayweather understands how physically and mentally tough it is to step in the boxing ring — and put an undefeated record on the line — so he sent a thoughtful note via Instagram Sunday night to Wilder.

“Win, Lose or Draw…. Deontay @BronzeBomber is our brother that has accomplished many triumphs and as a community we should all uplift and support him throughout it all. No matter what, you’re still a winner in my eyes, King!” Mayweather wrote.

That’s an awesome note from Mayweather. Wilder shouldn’t be mocked for losing, though he wasn’t so kind to Anthony Joshua after the British boxer’s first loss. The guy is a great, fun boxer to watch, and he happened to lose to a great heavyweight in Fury. Keep in mind that Fury remains unbeaten in his career as well.

Wilder is still a top three heavyweight in the world, along with Fury and Joshua, and there is absolutely no shame in that. Now, if we could just get Fury and Joshua to fight so that Wilder could face the winner, we’d really have something.

Tyson Fury licks Deontay Wilder during TKO win

Tyson Fury licks Deontay Wilder

Tyson Fury beat Deontay Wilder via 7th round TKO in their rematch on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and he got a little nasty while doing so.

Fury knocked down Wilder twice before the fight was stopped and had Wilder on shaky legs for most of the fight. Wilder was also bleeding from his left ear. During the 7th round, Fury was even seen licking Wilder’s neck area, where some of the blood was.

Not much longer after that moment, the fight was stopped, giving Fury the win.

The two fought to a draw in 2018, which is the only time Fury has not won a pro fight. He’s now 30-0-1 in his career, with 21 knockouts. The loss marks the first of Wilder’s professional career, making him 42-1-1.

The two fighters could be in line for a third fight after Wilder recovers, or Fury might want to take on Anthony Joshua, who is regarded as one of the best heavyweights in the world.

No matter how you look at it, it’s hard not to come away impressed by Fury.