It’s fight night in Las Vegas! WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is facing off against Deontay Wilder for the third and what both fighters hope will be the final time. They fought to a draw in 2018 and then Fury stopped Wilder via technical knockout in the seventh round of their 2020 rematch.
Ring walks will be happening sometime in the 11 p.m. ET hour and we’ll be here to provide live scores for however many rounds the fight lasts. Fury is a -295 favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook while Wilder is a +235 underdog. Total rounds is installed at 10.5 with under priced at -210.
The referee for the fight is Mike Ortega. The judges are Tim Cheatham, Dave Moretti, and Patricia Morse Jarman.
If Fury wins the fight, he then moves on to fight the winner of what will likely end up being a rematch between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk. Joshua entered their September fight as a favorite but Usyk dominated him throughout and won a unanimous decision to claim the WBO, WBA, and IBF titles. Joshua has already indicated he plans on getting a rematch.
Update 11:30 p.m. ET We’ve now had the national anthems, and the ring walks are about to begin.
Round 1: 10-9 Wilder
Nice right hands from Wilder to the body set up everything else, and he got the best of an exchange late in the round.
Round 2: 10-9 Fury
A big right hand was the best punch, but Wilder flailing was the bigger issue. On a night where No. 1 Alabama loses in football, the Tuscaloosa native takes an L here.
Round 3: 10-8 Fury (Wilder knockdown)
And down goes the challenger. After a lot of clutching and grabbing, a swift right hand from Fury sent his opponent to the canvas. This might be over soon, and the over/under of 7.5 rounds seems in danger.
Round 4: 10-7 Wilder (Fury knocked down twice)
THIS IS WILD! A straight right from Wilder puts the big man on his back immediately! He gets up, then after a brief exchange he’s down again! Incredible back-and-forth action!
Round 5: 10-9 Fury
A closer round, but Fury did enough in using his length and staying away while countering. Both men are just trying to land a bomb right hand and end this thing. One of the best heavyweight title fights you’ll ever see. Amazing stuff. Who knows how this will be scored by the judges, you can make a case for both men to this point.
Round 6: 10-9 Fury
The closest round so far, but Fury is clearly trying to use his 40 pound weight advantage to wear out the smaller Wilder. He’s in the clinch as much as he can, and leaning hard on his opponent. We’ll see if Deontay’s conditioning becomes a factor as we get to later rounds. Later rounds we absolutely didn’t think would be happening 12 minutes ago.
Round 7: 10-9 Fury
The bigger man is just staggering Wilder, who looked shaky on his feet as the round came to a close. Shots landed right now is 86-49 in favor of Fury, and the Bowe-Holyfield comparisons are starting by Brian Kenny and the broadcast team. They’re not unwarranted.
Round 8: 10-9 Fury
The shots Fury is landing are just so much harder, and it’s why he’s winning rounds. Wilder might also have a hand injury, as he’s shaking it and favoring his left.
Round 9: 10-9 Fury
Size matters, and if these men were of equal weight we might have a fight somehow better than this one. But the mass of Fury is allowing his shots to land cleaner and his clutch-and-grab game to be more effective. Wilder with a nice uppercut to end the round, but not enough to steal it.
Round 10: 10-8 Fury (Wilder knockdown)
This is the last five rounds in a nutshell. Fury ducks a left hook, then lands a stiff right clean. And this one puts Wilder down.
Round 11: Tyson Fury wins by KO at 1:10 in Round 11
A right on the button does it for Fury, who retains the title and his undefeated record. An unforgettable bout.