Tyson Fury was one of the many people in the boxing world that was impressed with the way Deontay Wilder dispatched his mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne last Saturday night in a 1st round knockout at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs) put Stiverne down 3 times in the round before the fight was over with at 2:59 of round 1. Referee Arthur Mercante Jr. practically had to wrestle Wilder down to get him to back off the fallen Stiverne (25-3-1, 21 KOs) after he knocked him down for the third time in the round. Stiverne was on his back, eyes closed with both legs buckled underneath him.
Stiverne wouldn’t have felt it even if Wilder, 32, did hit him while he was down. Thankfully, Wilder didn’t hit the badly hurt Stiverne. It looked like he might have if not for Mercante Jr. jumping in to pull Wilder off Stiverne.
”Great performance from [Deontay Wilder] just destroyed a top heavyweight, the big boys,” said Fury on his Twitter. ”Etta Watch out. Whatever he hits he destroys.”
Well, at least Fury showed some class by giving Wilder credit for destroying Stiverne. IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua didn’t comment on the knockout to give Wilder some credit. I guess it might be hard for Joshua to say something positive about a fighter he could soon be facing inside the ring in 2018.
Fury is trying to make a comeback after 2 years out of the ring. Fury and Wilder could tangle at some point in the future, possibly in 2019 if Fury is able to get his boxing license back with the British Boxing Board of Control and the UK Anti-Doping agency. Fury has a lot of people pulling for him in the UK to get his license back, so it’s likely he’ll get approved to resume his career. However, if he blows it again by testing positive for a banned drug, he could be out of the ring for a long time.
It would be good to see Fury and Wilder face each other. The Fury-Wilder fight might not mean as much if Fury gets knocked out by Joshua in 2018. That’s a match that Fury wants to take, and Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn are extremely eager to make it happen next year.
Wilder will be fighting in early 2018 against one of the World Boxing Council’s top 15 contenders. Wilder’s promoter Lou Dibella isn’t saying who his next opponent will be, but it won’t be his new mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale. Dibella says Wilder won’t need to face his mandatory for some time due to him beating Stiverne. He was the WBC’s mandatory challenger this time around.