And it’s done.
Deontay Wilder retreated to a neutral corner while Tyson Fury pounded on him with lefts and rights.
The towel flew into the ring from Wilder’s corner and referee Kenny Bayless ended the fight, wrapping up a masterful performance from Tyson Fury.
Tyson Fury has won every minute of this fight so far.
He came with a game plan and is executing: Control timing with the jab, crowd Wilder and lean on him inside, batter the body and break him down.
It is easily a shutout so far.
Tyson Fury appeared to have lost a point for repeatedly elbowing Deontay Wilder.
It won’t matter.
He dropped the champion again in Round 5. Wilder doesn’t look like he has enough gas for three more rounds, let alone seven.
Deontay Wilder is looking gassed after taking some big body shots from Tyson Fury.
Referee Kenny Bayless looks tired after separating the two fighters after many clinches.
Everyone looks exhausted except Fury, who is likely expanding his lead on the scorecards.
Fury is controlling timing and distance with his jab.
Wilder hesitated, and Fury dropped him with a right hand.
Wilder is in a deep deficit. Fury and his fans are energized, understandably so.
The second round was closer than the first.
Fury still pressed, eager to test out his new size and strength.
Wilder looks a little confused as he tries to decipher this new, aggressive Fury. Some big Wilder right hands got Fury’s attention.
Fury promised he would open quickly, and he delivered, stalking the harder-punching Wilder though most of Round 1.
Wilder landed a clean right hand, but Fury answered with several salvos, driving Wilder back.
Fury landed the best punch so far toward the end of the round.
Deontay Wilder came out to the ring wearing black on black on black — trunks, body armor, and mask. Black right down to the gloves, and strolling past photos of African-American historical figures — Harriet Tubman, Malcolm X, Jackie Robinson and more — projected onto the arena’s hallway wall.
Tyson Fury was waiting patiently in the ring, bouncing to stay warm as rapper D Smoke, the winner of the Netflix reality show “Rhythm + Flow,” performed as he escorted Wilder.
Fury, decked out in a red velour robe with faux-fur trim, and wearing a crown, rode to the ring on a throne.
His song? Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” a counter to Wilder’s pre-fight jabs at Fury’s long history of mental health problems.
The throne? Floyd Mayweather did it first, before his beatdown of Arturo Gatti in 2005.
After the national anthems, we can’t just get to the fight.
A short Deontay Wilder highlight reel runs, followed by one featuring Tyson Fury. Then silence, which Fury fans fill by singing at earsplitting, glass-rattling volume.
On TV, the fighters gave typical pre-fight interviews before starting their ring walks.
“Knock him out. Knock him out. That’s what I’m going to do,” Fury said before being carried out (yes carried) toward the ring dressed as a king on a throne.
“I don’t get paid for overtime,” Wilder said as he predicted a knockout win in the rematch.
Midway through Round 6, Charles Martin landed his punch.
After a quick exchange of punches in the corner, Gerald Washington walked forward with his hands down. When he probed with a lazy left jab, Martin landed a thunderous overhand left that drove Washington to the canvas. Washington rose before the 10-count, but referee Tony Weeks watched him wobble and decided to stop the fight.
The win positions Martin for a second shot at the International Boxing Federation world title, which he held in early 2016 before losing it to Anthony Joshua. Martin improves to 28-2-1, while Washington’s record drops to 20-4-1.
After Round 3 of the heavyweight showdown between Charles Martin and Gerald Washington, the in-house D.J. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena played “Time For Some Action,” Redman’s cult hip-hop anthem from 1992.
But when the pair of massive heavyweights emerged for Round 4, a familiar pattern resumed. Washington, the 37-year-old former football player, circled and looked to avoid Martin’s left hand and land his own right. Martin, who briefly held the International Boxing Federation heavyweight title, pressed forward, seeking to land a left but wary of Washington’s right.
The fighters exchanged punches sporadically, like a first-round exchange that saw each man land power punches as the fighters drove each other into the ropes. But the biggest ovations from the sold-out crowd came from celebrity sightings. A big-screen shot of Patrick Mahomes, the Kansas City Chief quarterback who won Most Valuable Player at the Super Bowl, prompted more cheers than the early in-ring action did.
In the 10th round, Emanuel Navarrete tagged Jeo Santisima with a left hook to the body, followed him across the ring, then smashed his face with a right hand.
The following round, Navarrete dug another hook to Santisima’s midsection, then landed one more on his jaw. He spent the rest of the round stalking Santisima as the Filipino challenger retreated, Navarrete trapping his opponent along the ropes and unloading combinations. During a final late-round salvo, Santisima covered up and the referee Russell Mora stopped the fight just as Santisima’s corner threw in the towel.
Navarrete has now defended his 122-pound title five times, all with knockouts. He improved his record to 30-1 with 26 knockouts.
At the opening bell of Round 1, Emanuel Navarrete and Jeo Santisima were mutually cautious and respectful, neither eager to divulge his game plan too early.
The fighting really started in Round 4, when Santisima, sensing he was behind on the scorecards, moved aggressively toward Navarrete, the World Boxing Organization 122-pound champion. The strategy worked until it didn’t, and the fourth round ended with Navarrete landing cleaner and more numerous punches.
In the fifth, a determined Santisima again sought to trade shots, but Navarrete repeatedly beat him to the punch. By the fight’s midway point, the fighters had established a pattern: Santisima moving forward until Navarrete’s left hooks and straight rights forced him to retreat. Navarrete appeared to have taken a clear lead on the scorecards.
By Round 6 as Sebastian Fundora fought Daniel Lewis, a few boos wafted down from the upper level seats at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
They likely sounded good to Fundora and his team. Fans boo because they’re bored, and if they were bored, it was because Fundora had slowed the action down and kept Lewis at the end of his long right jab. The strategy wasn’t as entertaining as the punch trading during the early rounds, but it worked better for Fundora.
All three judges scored the fight for Fundora: 97-93, 98-92, 99-91.
Exactly how tall is Sebastian Fundora?
In the past, the junior middleweight from Coachella, Calif., has been announced at 6 feet 7 inches. This week, ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. has been billing him as standing at 6-foot-5. The online database Boxrec lists Fundora as 6-foot-5½, and during the broadcast ESPN listed him at 6-foot-6.
No matter how thick his soles or socks are, we know that the fighter nicknamed The Towering Inferno is unusually tall for the 154-pound weight class. He is a long-armed fighter who likes space to operate.
Early on, Australia’s Daniel Lewis (6-0) wouldn’t give it to him. Lewis spent the early rounds pressuring Fundora (13-0-1), pounding his ribs with left hooks and luring him into exchanges at close range. By the end of Round 2, blood streamed from Fundora’s nostrils.
As the fight moved into the middle rounds, Fundora re-established his range, using his right jab to keep Lewis at a distance, and popping him with right hooks as Lewis lunged toward him.
Based on nicknames, the welterweight bout between Amir Imam and Javier Molina seemed as if it would be a cautious and tactical matching of wits.
Imam, 29, of Albany, N.Y., is known as The Young Master. Molina, a 30-year-old from Norwalk, Calif., goes by El Intocable, Spanish for The Untouchable.
Instead, the two welterweights had moved to close range by the end of the eighth round, with the longer-armed Imam trading blows with the more defensive-minded Molina. Before that, Imam had spent most of the fight stalking Molina behind a well-timed jab, while Molina tried to lure Imam into traps and tag him with left hooks.
The judges favored Molina, awarding him a unanimous decision by scores of 79-73, 78-74 and 78-74.
Their fight had been scheduled for 10 rounds but was shortened to eight, possibly to keep it from spilling into the pay-per-view broadcast, which started at 9 p.m. Eastern.
Molina improved his record to 22-2, while Imam is now 21-3.
Junior welterweights Petros Ananyan and Subriel Matias opened the televised portion of the card by meeting mid-ring, trading punches at close range, and competing evenly until late in the seventh round.
Then Ananyan, an Armenian who now lives and trains in Brooklyn, maneuvered Matias to the ropes and battered him with a series of overhand rights. Matias, a 27-year-old from Fajardo, P.R., was clearly stunned, and stumbled into the ropes. The referee, Robert Byrd, ruled it a knockdown, giving Ananyan a 10-8 round on the scorecards and the opening he needed to win the decision. The scores were 96-93, 95-94 and 95-94, all for Ananyan.
Ananyan improved his record to 15-2-2. Matias, who was previously undefeated, fell to 15-1.
Saturday marked Matias’s first fight in the United States since July 19, when he defeated Maxim Dadashev by an 11th-round stoppage. Dadashev died four days later after being hospitalized with a traumatic brain injury.
Matias returned to action in November, earning a fourth-round knockout win in Puerto Rico, before facing Ananyan on Saturday night.
On the early undercard, Rolando Romero of Las Vegas won an eight-round decision over Arturs Ahmetovs in a lightweight bout, English featherweight Issac Lowe won a decision over Alberto Guevara, Vito Mielnicki defeated Corey Champion over four rounds, and Gabriel Flores Jr. won a unanimous decision over lightweight Matt Conway.
Mexican veteran Emanuel Navarrete is scheduled to defend his World Boxing Organization 122-pound title against Filipino challenger Jeo Santisima. Navarrete captured his title in December 2018 with an upset win over Isaac Dogboe of England.
Six months later, Navarrete pummeled Dogboe until the English fighter’s corner threw in the towel, then defended his title three more times — all by knockout.
Santisima is 19-2 as a pro, and enters Saturday on a 17-fight win streak. He has never fought in the United States before, but neither had Manny Pacquiao when he won his first world title — defeating a heavy favorite in this same stadium, the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Just before Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury face off in the ring, the co-main event features two heavyweights with world championship ambitions.
Gerald Washington, who is nicknamed El Gallo Negro, is a former Southern California football player. He has won 20 of 24 pro fights and at 37 years old, is seeking one more high-profile bout. Washington challenged for Wilder’s title in 2017, and lost by a knockout. Since then, he has won twice and lost twice.
He’ll face Charles Martin, who briefly held the International Boxing Federation heavyweight title in 2016 before losing it to Anthony Joshua. Martin has gone 4-1 since then, but a win over Washington could put him back into title contention.
None of those details guarantee action, but mainstream audiences tend to love heavyweights, and the Washington-Martin winner could position himself to challenge the winner of the main event.
Last May, Deontay Wilder needed just one big punch to vanquish challenger Dominic Breazeale, a looping right to the chin that knocked Breazeale unconscious. Wilder delivered another thunderous right hand to the forehead of Luis Ortiz in November, knocking him out even as Ortiz led on all three scorecards in his challenge.
That same power also earned Wilder a draw in his first fight against Tyson Fury. Fury won more rounds, but Wilder earned extra credit for knockdowns in Rounds 9 and 12. The 6-foot-7 Wilder has scored knockouts in 41 of his 43 pro bouts, and his 95.3 knockout percentage is a record among heavyweight champions.
“When it comes to power, I’m for sure at the top,” Wilder said. “For me, one blow. Boom. It’s over with.”
Tyson Fury will enter Saturday’s bout with a 29-0-1 record and, he says, a new strategy.
In his first fight against Deontay Wilder, he tried to avoid Wilder’s significant punching power, succeeding well enough to limit the World Boxing Council champion to 71 landed punches. But Fury still got dropped twice, and the last knockdown cost him a heavyweight title.
So this time, Fury says he’ll try to defuse Wilder’s power by stalking him, pushing him backward. He has even promised to knock Wilder out within two rounds.
It might be gamesmanship, but Fury, 31, has also hired a new trainer in hopes of a different result.
“What I did last time clearly wasn’t good enough,” Fury said during a midweek news conference.
Fury weighed in at a career-high 273 pounds, suggesting he intends to muscle Wilder around. Wilder weighed 231 pounds, also a career-high, signaling that he’s ready to respond.
That would be Deontay Wilder.
He won the World Boxing Council heavyweight title in January 2015, and has defended it 10 times, including the December 2018 draw against Tyson Fury.
Fury’s team bills him as the “lineal” heavyweight champion, a term in boxing that refers to the fighter who directly beat the last champion — often known as “the man who beat the man,” going all the way back to John L. Sullivan in the late 19th century. Various ESPN programs have repeated the talking point since Fury signed with Top Rank boxing and became a regular presence on the network.
But the lineage of the title gets broken every time a fighter retires as a champion, like Jim Jeffries in 1904, Joe Louis in 1949, and Fury himself, who left the sport for nearly three years after winning four belts from Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.