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Friday, December 14, 2018

Boxing

Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury both want rematch

Deontay Wilder

Both Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury were talking rematch after fighting to a draw on Saturday night.

Wilder scored two knockdowns of Fury during their heavyweight fight at Staples Center in Los Angeles. One judge still scored the fight in favor of Fury (114-112), while another had it even (113-113) and the third gave it to Wilder (115-111). The result was a split decision draw.

Both fighters welcomed a rematch in comments made after the bout.

“I would love for it to be my next fight (on the rematch). Why not? Let’s give the fans what they want to see. It was a a great fight and let’s do it again. It doesn’t matter to me where we do it,” Wilder said after the fight.

“We’re the two best in the world and we proved it tonight. When you get two warriors you get a great fight. That’s what we proved tonight and I’m ready to do it again.”

Fury called himself and Wilder the two best heavyweights in the world and said they would do a rematch.

“One hundred percent we’ll do the rematch. We are two great champions. Me and this man are the two best heavyweights on the planet.”

Showtime will have to sort out the pay-per-view numbers from the fight and decide whether the next bout would be aired for free or once again aired on pay-per-view. The hype from this fight plus the crazy ending should generate more buzz for a rematch.

Tyson Fury pulls stunner like Undertaker, somehow gets up after 12th-round knockdown

Tyson Fury knockdown>

Tyson Fury somehow got up after a monster 12th-round knockdown by Deontay Wilder during their heavyweight fight on Saturday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Fury, by many accounts, had fought a strong fight most of the way and avoided many of the big shots the Bronze Bomber had taken at him. However, Wilder caught him with a punch for a knockdown in the 9th. Then in the 12th, Wilder crushed Fury with a two-punch combo to send him to the canvas.

Fury looked like he was out for the count, but he suddenly sat up out of nowhere to beat the count.

Fans were stunned, with many comparing his response to The Undertaker.

Fury beating the 10-count and making it up to finish the fight allowed him to change the outcome from a loss to a draw. One judge had the fight scored in favor of Wilder (115-111), another for Fury (114-112), and a third had it as a draw (113-113), making the result a draw.

Fury looked like a magician with the way he bounced off the canvas after that knockdown.

With the draw, both fighters remain unbeaten, paving the way for a rematch.

Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury fight live blog

Deontay Wilder

LOS ANGELES — Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury are meeting at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday evening for a clash between two unbeaten heavyweights. The fight will be televised by Showtime pay-per-view and marks Wilder’s first time fighting on pay-per-view. Wilder enters the fight 40-0 with 39 knockouts, while Fury is 27-0 with 19 KOs. On the line is the Bronze Bomber’s WBC heavyweight championship belt.

Wilder, a bronze medalist at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, has won his last seven fights by knockout, including a first-round knockout two fights ago. There have been questions about the quality of his opponents, so Fury is arguably his toughest opponent yet. Fury is fighting for the third time this year after a three-year hiatus from the sport following his win over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015. He is 6-foot-9, weighed in at 256.5 pounds, and will physically match the 6-foot-7 Wilder.

Larry Brown Sports is in attendance for the fight and will provide coverage of the main event and some undercard fights. Continue refreshing this link to read the latest updates from Staples Center.

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Deontay Wilder trash talks Tyson Fury at weigh in, predicts KO

Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder trash talked Tyson Fury at their weigh-in on Friday ahead of Saturday’s fight.

The two will square off at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday evening on Showtime pay-per-view. Wilder, who is 40-0 with 39 knockouts, is looking to retain his WBC heavyweight title. He doesn’t think too highly of Fury.

“It’s definitely the most important, but definitely not the most difficult,” Wilder said of the upcoming fight from Friday’s weigh-in. “I fought way tougher guys than him. My opponent last fight was way tougher than him.”

Asked for a prediction, Wilder said he would knock Fury out.

“I’m gonna knock him out.”

Wilder weighed in at 212.5 pounds and Fury was 256.5. Fury also enters the fight undefeated at 27-0.

Nick Saban supports Tuscaloosa native Deontay Wilder ahead of fight

Deontay Wilder

Nick Saban has a busy week preparing for Alabama’s game against Georgia in the SEC Championship on Saturday, but he found time to express his support for Deontay Wilder.

Wilder, a Tuscaloosa native, is fighting Tyson Fury on Saturday at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Showtime pay-per-view. The 33-year-old is looking to retain his WBC heavyweight title when he squares off with the Englishman.

Ahead of the big match, Saban recorded this video of support for Wilder:

“We’re so proud of the way you represent Tuscaloosa,” Saban said in the video.

Between Wilder and Saban’s Crimson Tide, Saturday is shaping up as a big day in Tuscaloosa. Fans in the area are hoping both can stay undefeated, with Alabama improving to 13-0 and Wilder going to 41-0. Wilder has won 39 of his 40 fights by knockout.

Floyd Mayweather given souvenir touchdown balls in Rams-Seahawks game

Floyd Mayweather ball

What do you get for the man who can buy anything he wants? Souvenir touchdown balls.

Floyd Mayweather attended Sunday’s big NFC West game between the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks at the Coliseum, and he was a popular figure. Players from each team handed him the ball as a souvenir after scoring touchdowns in the game.

Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett started things off by giving Mayweather the ball after his touchdown in the third quarter.

A quarter later, Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks handed Mayweather the ball after scoring on a run.

When’s the last time you saw Money Mayweather look that happy? Probably after he got his check from the Conor McGregor fight.

Floyd Mayweather Jr to meet MMA fighter Tenshin Nasukawa on Dec. 31

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather Jr is coming out of retirement for a fight on Dec. 31, according to an announcement made by the promotional organization Rizin.

Mayweather will face Tenshin Nasukawa in the fight. Nasukawa is 27-0 as a kickboxer and 4-0 as an MMA fighter. Rizin is an MMA promotional company, and they say they still have details to figure out regarding the rules of the fight between the boxer and MMA fighter.

Mayweather said they will get all the rules figured out soon.

The fight will take place in Japan. Mayweather has never had a professional fight outside of the United States. He hasn’t had a fight outside of Nevada since 2006.

Mayweather is 50-0 in his career as a professional boxer. If the rules of this fight are MMA or some sort of hybrid, a loss would not go on Mayweather’s boxing record, which makes it safe for him to take the fight without risking his undefeated mark.

Manny Pacquiao had said last month that Mayweather had plans to fight on New Year’s Eve, so he was right. Pacquiao also says that this will be a prelude to a rematch between him and Mayweather.