Fighting for the WBC World Heavyweight title that Wilder was in possession of, the match turned out to be very entertaining, mostly due to Tyson Fury’s unique style, along with his occasional show boating including placing his hands behind his back and sticking his tongue out at Wilder.
The fight ended in a split decision draw even with Wilder scoring two knock downs in the match. The official scoring was: Judge Rochin: 115-111 (for Wilder), Judge Tapper 114-110 (for Fury) and Judge Edwards 113-113.
Fury vs. Wilder I (Takeaways)
- Tyson Fury is good for boxing – Every boxing fan knows the heavyweight division has been aching for an exciting boxer that is also good. Well, along comes Fury. Similar to Muhammad Ali, Fury has the personality to attract viewers, whether they like or dislike him. His brash attitude and unique, sometimes cocky (i.e. Ray Leonard) boxing style make for entertaining boxing matches along with pre-fight press conferences. It is too bad Fury had to take time off for 3 yrs (2015 – 2018), shortening his career and making the heavyweight division dull in his absence.
- Knock downs – It is not often that a fighter scores two knock downs and does not win the match. Wilder scored two knock downs during the fight (round 9 and 12), but the match wound up a split decision draw due to the fact that Fury fought well and won most all of the other rounds according to many involved in the sport.
- Fury was elusive – Deontay Wilder only landed 17% of his punches, much lower than his previous fights. Fury had very good movement for his size and evaded a lot of heavy shots. He also out-landed Wilder in 9 out of the 12 rounds.
Fury vs. Wilder I (Score Card)
Our score card (BOXXXING) is below. I am sure there will be many who disagree with it. Click here for a list of other fan’s Fury vs. Wilder score cards.