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Who Won the Weekend? Tyson Fury, Of Course; Also, NYF Squad Decides Who LOST

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On Thursday night, I did a radio hit on the Diehards Radio Show, with Anthony Pepe, in Boston. Asked about the big event just two days away, I tried to cover most of the bases, and keep it real.

This IS a big one, but not THE BIGGEST, I said on air…but let’s keep perspective. Boxing isn’t what it was in the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s…and won’t again be, until that next Mike Tyson type emerges.

Well, what the hell do ya know, the next Mike Tyson type did emerge. In fact, at MGM in Las Vegas, Tyson showed off attributes that made Tyson a person that attracted interest from non boxing fans. Mike was interesting before, during and after his fights. And Tyson Fury is interesting before and after his fights..and now, crucially, during.

Showcasing his new style, which fits a man 6-9, 270, he looked to close the show, give the fans their pound of flesh, take it out of the judges shaky hands. Tyson Fury is interesting before, after, and DURING his fights, because this aggressive style is easy to understand.

So…I asked the NYF Squad and extended fam who won the weekend and added a twist: who LOST the weekend?

Give us the leader, and the laggard, if you like, crew…

Tyson Fury won the weekend hands down! Everything from how relaxed he was in the back, to his ring entrance which was followed by his career defining performance led to Fury winning the weekend in many different ways,” said Abe Gonzalez. “The loser of the weekend is Anthony Joshua. He has been active on social media leading up to Saturday night saying he wanted to fight the winner. If he truly wanted to stir that pot, what better way than to show up to Vegas and sit ringside. If that would’ve happened, the place would have went nutz and he would have stole some of that electricity from the event. Instead, we get Twitter posts after the fight about stepping Pulev aside for an immediate Fury fight. No sir, you missed your opportunity and for that, he will continue to play second fiddle to Fury.”

“It’s Fury in a walk,” said David Phillips. “Wilder has always been one dimensional, but he’s always found a way to utilize that one dimension (the big right hand) in every fight to get himself out of trouble. That didn’t happen Saturday night because Tyson Fury didn’t let it. He controlled the fight in dominant fashion from start to stoppage (anyone complaining about the timing of the ref waving off the fight should have their head examined right after Wilder’s). Not only did he dismantle the Bronze Bomber, he looked good doing it. Something I’ve never said or even thought when watching a Tyson Fury fight. It was the kind of performance that will make you change your mind about a guy. It certainly did mine.

Loser of the weekend: Max Kellerman. As if it’s not bad enough that he continues to destroy his credibility on his horrible show with that clown, Stephen A. Smith, on ESPN every day of the week, Kellerman’s suggestion that the Fury/Wilder fight was stopped too early defies all logic and credulity. Wilder was a beaten-down mess – unable to defend himself. The stoppage was merciful. I don’t know how anyone could see it otherwise. I guess it’s easy to say someone else’s bell should continue to get rung from the safety of your ringside seat.”

Tyson Fury won the weekend,” said Kelsey McCarson. “It was an amazing performance that shocked the entire sports world. Fury’s violent seize of the WBC title Wilder wore for over half a decade was the most memorable moment in heavyweight boxing in decades. The best part? Fury is still only 31 years old and still has huge fights ahead of him.

The person who lost the weekend was Jay Deas. It was clear Wilder was done midway through the fight, and the contest should probably be halted to save Wilder from himself. Of course, Wilder wanted to continue. That’s what he’s supposed to do. But Wilder’s corner absolutely has to protect the fighter in that situation. Luckily, Mark Breland stepped up and threw in the towel.

Breland saw enough and saved a brave man from taking more hits, he deserves praise. (Pictures by Mikey Williams for Top Rank)

“It’s certainly understandable why Deas would want to give the huge puncher more chances. I’m certain Deas cares about Wilder. It’s just that Wilder’s life is more important than any shiny belt that signifies him being champion. Wilder will forever be a champion the way all heavyweight champs are once their time with the shiny belt is over.”

Tyson Fury won the weekend for obvious reasons, however, Liverpool’s Jazza Dickens produced a sensational performance to book himself in the finals of the @MTKGlobal golden contract tournament whilst also cementing his world rating,” said Chris Glover. “Hopefully Tyson’s victory will help improve relations between the traveling and settled communities in Britain and Ireland too, and we can move past the days of travelers being treated like second class citizens.”

Tyson Fury won the weekend, exposing the one dimensional brute,” said Jay Bulger. “Fury could not be a better representative of the sweet science. He did what few thought was possible. He was truly masterful. His bag of tricks and abilities were diverse as a welterweight. He has a great story. Fantastic sense of wit. What a comeback! As for Wilder, who wanted to kill a man in the ring, the only way I see him coming back is if he does what Fury did— fire his rudimentary trainer and improve his technique.”

“Only one obvious winner this weekend and that was El Rey de Gypsy himself,” said Hamza Ahmed. “It wasn’t out of the realm of possibility that Fury could stop Wilder but to do it like that, in that fashion, with such accuracy, such technique, such malice was something nobody except Fury’s own team and father could have foreseen. Speaking of Big John Fury, the elder Fury is now somewhat of a fortune teller, having correctly predicted every single step of his son’s career.

“Saturday night was an absolute beat-down, in the same vein as Bernard Hopkins schooling Kelly Pavlik or Carl Froch demolishing Lucian Bute, the kind of beat-down which formulates an inedible mark on the fallen adversary’s psyche. Wilder has had it his way all career long but we will no doubt be watching curiously if he can resurrect himself just like Fury did. 

“Speaking of which, the costume excuse Wilder pulled out of his backside just over an hour ago is awful. Talk about destroying whatever goodwill you’ve built.

“As for Fury, well there’s only one fight that remains. It’s the only fight that matters. 

“We know what it is.”

“Well, to start off, I’d have to say the biggest winners of this fight were the fans, the networks, the two main event draws, and the entire United Kingdom,” said Xavier Porter. “For us Americans, we lost big time, but I’ll come back to this statement in a few. Can’t lie, Tyson Fury obliterated, dominated, and dismantled Deontay Wilder from the beginning of the fight to the end. Fury beat Wilder mentally and physically. He beat a lot of us who thought and predicted that Wilder would win their rematch by knockout. Turns out, “The Gypsy King” has a secret gem up his sleeve. With the adjustment made in training camp and bringing in Sugarhill Steward, he had already won the rematch, little did we know it beforehand. Once the bell rang, he took the fight to Wilder, giving him no time to think or move. Wilder was stuck in Fury’s ocean without a boat or life preserver to save him. Those crushing punches that constantly pounded on Wilder from Fury must’ve felt like hard-pounding waves similar to what’s produced in a tsunami. It was tough to see a man get beat up and pushed around the ring like that. Yes, there was no quit in Wilder as he continued to bleed out from his left ear but there comes a time when you have to be protected from yourself. Great stoppage by Mark Breland! And in closing, I’ll leave you with this: with all four world titles under the control of the United Kingdom, the United States will not have a heavyweight world champion for quite some time. Outside of Wilder, who has basically beaten all of the best heavyweights in the U.S., I don’t see any American-born fighter becoming a heavyweight world champion any time soon. The iron curtain is back, just like the days of the Klitschko brothers.”

Tyson Fury won the weekend with an explanation point,” said Tommy Rainone. “Proved without a doubt that he is the best heavyweight on the planet as well as one of the greatest comeback and success stories in boxing history. Nineteen rounds of domination over the George Foreman of our era with the exception of those two momentary lapses leading to knockdowns in the first fight. We are looking at a heavyweight that will go down as one of the greatest of all time.”

“Fury won the weekend, and his performance gave me the impression that he has what it takes to beat any heavyweight champ that ever lived,” said John Vena. “Yup, I said it. With this size and boxing ability, I am thinking Lennox Lewis may have been the only guy who could beat him. Too big, too fast and much for anyone to handle. Wilder’s right hand is still the most lethal punch I have ever seen. Fury took it away from him easily and ate a few of them without a problem.

“We and more especially, the UK, are now treated with a great era with a hell of a legend in front of us.
“The only thing stopping Fury is Fury.
“Poor Wilder. He has been nothing but good to us and has been a bit of a phenom himself. But he was reduced to rubble over the weekend. That was a damaging loss and I am afraid that a repeat disaster in a third meeting would shatter his accomplishments.
“To me it will only make Fury greater. Who would have survived Wilder and that dangerous right hand the full 12 rounds?”
“Who won the weekend?

Tyson Fury, and by the length of the Las Vegas Strip,” said Robbi Paterson. “The oversized Gypsy King stepped out of his comfort zone with one almighty step on Saturday night, by going from a nifty, slick boxer in the first fight to walking down a dangerous puncher as if he were George Foreman’s twin brother in the redux. Mind, Fury is a non-puncher. His power is limited. But by hooking up with the Kronk’s Andy Lee and Sugar Hill, they just squeezed everything out of whatever power he has up his sleeve. Props to the BIG man, what a turnaround. 

“Moving forward, forget a trilogy fight, promoters Frank Warren and Eddie Hearn must be locked in a room to sort out their differences that will result in Fury and Joshua squaring off for all the belts in the U.K later this year. It’s been marinated for long enough, with Warren and Hearn the only ones who can take it out of the oven and serve it to the public.

“As for Wilder, it’s back to the drawing board, with a new training team being a wise move for the beanople from Alabama. Ever since he won the WBC title in 2015 against Stiverne, in what was a one-sided 12-round points decision behind a busy, authoritative, piston-like jab, he has went backwards as a fighter when he should have kicked on and improved technically. Once he sees the light and irons out his technical deficiencies, then seek out a third fight. A couple of tune-ups in the interim? Yep, for sure.”

Fury. Fury. Fury. No one else came close this week, month, or so far this year,” said Pete Carvill. “He went to the US, then, off the back of that tough win over Otto Wallin, and stopped out a guy that had looked technically deficient at times but never vulnerable. He not only did it, but made him look like an amateur. That’s greatness. On a side note, there was some controversy about whether the stoppage was early. I’m not sure Kenny Bayless saw the towel come in. That would mean that two people, the corner and the referee, independently thought that the fight should be stopped. To me, that should remove any doubt that the stoppage was premature.”

Deontay Wilder says too-heavy fightnight costume sapped his legs

Tyson Fury won the weekend; he not only demolished Deontay Wilder in the ring, he virtually reinvented himself to do it,” said Gayle Falkenthal. “Fury (below, tagging the unbeaten champ, in photo by Mikey Williams for Top Rank) might talk a lot of shite, but no matter how improbable it seems, he backs it up. Sugarhill Steward merits an assist for his role in preparing Fury for this fight.

The NYFights team picked Tyson Fury for Who Won the Weekend (Feb. 21-23, 2020).

The laggard: Jay Deas. He and Mark Breland were of little help to Deontay Wilder, and they failed to step in quickly enough to end the fight. Deas said at the post fight news conference Breland threw the towel in without Deas’ OK, and he was unhappy about it. Thank the Lord he did. Wilder took the worst beatdown of his career, and the psychological damage might never be undone.”

Fury is the clear winner of the weekend,” said Matt Andrzejewski. “There is really nothing more that can be stated about his performance against Wilder that has not already been stated. It was just a superb effort and he becomes the clear number one guy in boxing’s glamour division.

The fighter who took a step back this week was Amir Imam. He had an opportunity on the big stage of the Wilder-Fury II undercard to re-establish his career and get in line for a big fight at either 140 or welterweight. But that didn’t happen as he was upset by Javier Molina. It is back to the drawing board once again for Imam.”

“There’s a lot of over-analysis occurring over this fight. It’s pretty simple—Tyson Fury won, and Deontay Wilder lost,” said Jeremy Herriges. “There’s a lot of hyperbole thrown around in the aftermath. Just like when Anthony Joshua lost, a lot of people are deriding Deontay Wilder’s abilities. He’s not a sophisticated boxer, but his style has been effective for the five years he reigned as the WBC heavyweight champion. You don’t win an Olympic medal and a professional title without true world-class ability. Anyone that’s saying Wilder can’t fight is wrong.

“Boxers are mortal. Just like everyone else, they’re entitled to good days and bad. Fury won this contest with his mind and heart. He had faith in his abilities. Fury, who won the weekend, was determined to achieve the goal he set for himself several years ago. He wanted this win more than Wilder.

“On top of that, he had the perfect gameplan and followed it completely. Wilder needs time and space to operate. Fury afforded him neither. Fury changed his style, and because he’s such a talented boxer, he was able to do it successfully.

“Wilder came into this fight over-confident. He most likely didn’t want it as much as Fury. His reflexes were slow, and Wilder didn’t display his usual attacking instinct in part because Fury was so active he never allowed him to get started. Wilder has heavy hands, but Fury took away his opportunity to used them. Also, don’t forget that Wilder is 34 years old. Age may finally be setting in. He deserves a lot of credit for what he’s accomplished, and Fury deserves credit for coming back from the brink and devising the ideal plan for defeating Wilder. Javan “SugarHill” Steward also played a crucial role in Fury stepping outside of his comfort zone.”

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Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of TheSweetScience.com from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.

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