Tyson Fury has continued to bait WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, who on Saturday night scored a seventh round knockout of Cuba’s Luis Ortiz to retain his world title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The fight was a rematch of their March 2018 encounter, which saw Wilder get badly hurt in the seventh before recovering and knocking out Ortiz in the tenth at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The 34-year-old Wilder picked up his 10th straight title defence, joining heavyweight legend Muhammad Ali who did it between 1974 and 1978.
Wilder was behind on all three scorecards, when a single right hand put Ortiz down for the full count in the seventh.
Ortiz tried to get up, but he failed to do so in time, and referee Kenny Bayless waved off the bout.
Now Wilder is in line to face Fury in a rematch on a date in February of 2020.
They fought to a controversial twelve round split draw in December of 2018 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Fury was down twice in the fight, including what nearly became a fight ending knockdown in the twelfth. Many felt he outboxed Wilder in the majority of the rounds.
But Fury does not appear to be intimated by Wilder’s punching power. He expects to outbox Wilder when they meet for a second time.
“Wilder has nothing more than a puncher’s chance versus me, I’m gonna school even more than the first fight,” Fury stated.
Fury’s trainer, Ben Davison, was ringside in Las Vegas, scouting Wilder for the planned rematch.
UFC personality Joe Rogan was blown away by the stoppage.
“My god what a puncher! Bronze Bomber might be the biggest heavyweight puncher in the history of the sport. Beautifully set up, perfect execution and otherworldly power. What a great time for the heavyweight division,” Rogan stated.