LAS VEGAS – Tyson Fury beat Deontay Wilder by TKO in the seventh round of their world heavyweight championship fight Saturday night when Wilder’s corner threw in the towel, but it was over long before that.
Fury entered the ring as a consensus plus-125 underdog (odds of 5/4) at the sportsbooks here in Vegas as Wilder was wildly popular with the public. However, if the majority of fans in the MGM Grand Garden Arena had their money on Wilder, Fury never gave them a chance to get excited as he dominated the fight from the start, winning every round on this reporter’s scorecard. As for the official judges, they all also had Fury way ahead with only Glenn Feldman giving Wilder a single round (the second on his scorecard).
Fury had famously predicted that he would knock out Wilder in the second round. That didn’t happen, but he did send Wilder to the canvas for the first time in the third round and it looked like only a matter of time. Fury continued to dominate and looked like he might end it in the fifth and sixth rounds (even taking the time to lick at Wilder’s bloody left ear and neck at the end of the sixth round).
Fury did indeed end it in the seventh round, or at least was about to when Wilder’s corner threw in the towel and referee Kenny Bayless officially ended it at the 1:39 mark of the round.
"Not bad for a fat guy who can't punch, huh?" Fury said at the post-fight press conference.
“My side threw in the towel, and you know I’m ready to go out on my shield,” Wilder said after the fight. “But it is what it is. ... I make no excuses tonight. I just wish my corner would have let me go out on my shield. I’m a warrior. It’s what I do.”
Most experts thought that if this fight was to end in an early stoppage that it would be Wilder on the winning end (in fact, Wilder was even-money to win by KO/TKO/stoppage at the sportsbooks run by host MGM Grand). Instead, bettors that took Fury by KO/TKO/stoppage cashed at 5/1. The round-by-round prop went to those who took a flier on Fury to win in the seventh round at 40/1 at the MGM Grand (closed at 50/1 at the Westgate SuperBook).
"I hit him with a clean right that dropped him and he got back up," Fury said. "He is a warrior.
“He will be back. He will be champion again. But I will say, the king has returned to the top of the throne,” added Fury, who entered the ring on a throne.
The other big winner on the night was the Vegas sportsbooks with the Fury victory, though they gave back some of it as the vast majority of the fight-day bets on the Over/Under 10.5 rounds came in on the Under.
After leaving the ring, Wilder had to have his left ear stitched up and went to the hospital instead of the post-fight press conference.
Wilder has 30 days to invoke a rematch clause, though we’ll see if the public wants Wilder-Fury III after this lopsided result. In fact, the Westgate SuperBook opened a potential Tyson Fury-Anthony Joshua match with Fury -260 and Joshua plus-210.