Tyson Fury Steals Boxing’s Big Weekend
Okay, everyone caught their breath? Whew. That was a sight. If you did not know by now, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder are now slated to fight each other before the year is out. Wilder, who is the WBC Heavyweight champion, and Fury, the lineal heavyweight champion, are giving the proverbial middle finger to Anthony Joshua for allegedly ducking the real title fights. Now that Fury and Wilder are fighting, Joshua is sure to only have one undefeated fighter to add to his resume.
Not so fast, though. Belfast was treated to a slobber-knocker of a card. Let’s recap:
Cristofer Rosales retains his WBC Lightweight title against home town fighter, Paddy Barnes
Cristofer Rosales and Paddy Barnes put on an absolute show, even in only a four round fight. Back and forth action all night had the Belfast crowd electrified. With a nasty body shot, Rosales successfully defended his WBC Flyweight title for the first time.
That is a devastating body shot from Cristofer Rosales 😱
Paddy Barnes is dropped and counted out in the fourth round at Windsor Park 😳 pic.twitter.com/Tn62DYEBB4
— Boxing on BT Sport 🥊 (@BTSportBoxing) August 18, 2018
Rosales won the belt back in April against Diago Higa capturing the vacant belt. The Olympian, Paddy Barnes, was put down with the highlight reel TKO, he’s only professionally 5-1 and will continue to entertain crowds with his upbeat pace. As for Rosales, he will look to continue building his resume and hopefully making one more fight in 2018, giving him 3 wins.
Tyson Fury dominates Francesco Pianeta
Tyson Fury took a decision over Francesco Pianeta. While he put on a show in the first round, mimicking Muhammad Ali, he got in his rounds against Pianeta, setting up the huge fight with Deontay Wilder. While Fury was never in any real trouble the entire night, he showed off his masterclass footwork and easily cruised to a unanimous decision.
Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder, baby
Fury and Wilder have been going back and forth for the past month or so. There’s been social media jabs and even Wilder crashing the weigh in for Fury, causing a ruckus. We all wanted the fight, and now we’re getting it. With Wilder sitting ringside, the fight was obviously imminent. Now the lineal champion and the WBC Heavyweight champion will finally fight. In what’s sure to be fireworks at both the pressers and in the ring, Fury-Wilder is sure to be fireworks.
Carl Frampton cruises to victory, eyes unification with Oscar Valdez
The interim WBO title was on the line and Carl Frampton comes away with his belt firmly over his shoulder with his 9th round TKO over Luke “Action” Jackson. Now, Frampton eyes a unification fight with Oscar Valdez, the current WBO champ, to win his fourth straight. In another exciting fight, Frampton showed off his speed and ring IQ. Valdez has been out since his fight last March, having his jaw wired shut after his fight with Scott Quigg.
With Fury and Wilder on the way, the boxing world has it’s eyes set on the biggest rematch of the year, when Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin square off on September 15th. Be sure to stay tuned to MMA-Today for all the latest boxing news.