Tyson Fury targeting Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua in 2019
By Scott Gilfoid: Having failed at defeating WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder last month in fight that ended in controversy, Tyson Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) plans on fighting ‘The Bronze Bomber’ in a rematch, and then, if successful, face IBF/WBA/WBO champion Anthony Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs) in a unification match in 2019, according to promoter Frank Warren.
What we don’t know is how the twelfth round knockdown of the previous Wilder-Fury fight will effect Fury in the rematch. Being dropped in that way where Fury appeared to be unconscious might make him susceptible to getting dropped easier in the rematch. It can’t be viewed as a good thing that Fury was knocked down in that fashion last time.
Did the 12th round knockdown make Fury more susceptible to Wilder’s sledgehammer blows for the rematch? We’ll have to see. It’s not a badge of honor to be dropped by that, and getting up from it. You’ve got the potential of Wilder doing a quick job on Fury in the rematch if his punch resistance has disappeared on him. The way that Wilder tagged Fury with the right-left combination in the twelfth round, it’s easy to picture Deontay doing that to Tyson in every round of the fight in the rematch. How many knockdowns of that kind can Fury withstand before the referee does the sensible thing and stops it?
Given how how the Wilder-Fury fight ended on December 1 with the judges scoring it a 12 round split draw, it’s mighty ambitious.
There’s a lot of unanswered questions about what Fury is capable of doing against Wilder in a rematch or against some of the other top heavyweights. The way that the Wilder-Fury fight ended, one got the sense that Fury got lucky, and that he won’t have the same luck in the rematch. Wilder now knows how to knockout Fury, and he’ll be sure to take advantage of that immediately in the rematch.
Wilder won’t wait until the championship rounds to start knocking Fury around the ring like a rag-doll. He’ll do it straightaway, and he won’t have to worry running out of rounds like he did last time. Further, it’ll be a different referee working the Wilder vs. Fury 2 contest than in the first fight. This means that if Wilder knocks Fury unconscious, the referee won’t likely start giving a count. The referee that worked the previous Wilder vs. Fury fight took an old school approach by giving a count to a guy looked like badly hurt. Most referee likely wouldn’t have shown the same kind of patience. As such, the fight will be waived off if Fury winds up in a similar state in the rematch.
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