MMA Fighting has Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury 2 live blog for round-by-round updates for one of the top boxing fights of the year.
The main event will start a little after 11:30 p.m. ET. Check out our Wilder vs. Fury 2 results page to find out what happened on the undercard. Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title is on the line Saturday.
Both Wilder and Fury are reportedly guaranteed at least $25 million for their performances.
Former WBC heavyweight champions Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, and Mike Tyson are honored prior to the main event.
Check out the Wilder vs. Fury 2 main event live blog below.
Fury out first, draped in a red robe and golden crown. An announcement comes on over the PA asking those in attendance to stand “for your king.” He comes out to the Patsy Cline rendition of Crazy. He is being wheeled out on a throne as he sings along and then stands to blow kisses to the crowd.
Fury steps over the top rope and starts warming up as the song comes to an end.
Wilder’s turn now. He’s decked out in a glittery set of black body armor. He’s taking his time as he has a live rap song being performed. His mask resembles a dark skull.
Round 1: Referee Kenny Bayless overseeing this main event. Neither man breaking eye contact as they touch gloves. And we’re off. Wilder backs Fury off right away with a couple of jabs as Fury is aiming to get right in Wilder’s face. Lots of feints by Fury, herky jerky. Jab across the chin by Fury, then a 1-2. Loud right hand connects for Wilder, but Fury seems unaffected. Right hand by Fury scores and Wilder has to get his defenses up. Shot to the body by Fury, then a jab. He’s a little quicker to the punch. Nice counter jab by Wilder. Looping right by Wilder just misses, he scores with a body shot though. Fury snaps Wilder’s head back with a jab.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Fury.
Round 2: Fury staying aggressive. Wilder flicking the jab out now. He lands one to Fury’s chest. Fury jabs to the head. He’s keeping Wilder at the end of that left hand. Lots of head movement by Fury, Wilder having trouble pinning him down. Fury steps in for a solid left hook. Bayless has to break up a clinch. Wilder throws a straight right to the head, just misses. Jab for Fury scores again. He’s been the more accurate strikers with 30 seconds to go in the round. Fury gets Wilder against the ropes and hits him with a right, Wilder clinches up. He hits Fury with a right, Fury answers back and wrestles Wilder into the corner as the bell rings. Just some harmless extracurricular activity so far.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Fury. Overall, 20-18 Fury.
Round 3: Wilder staying patient as Fury puts the pressure on with his jabs, then a right hand catches Wilder behind the ear. Clinch. Fury is headhunting now, but he has to back away as Wilder throws a fast counter-right. Glancing right hook by Wilder. Wilder pressing in and a clinch slows the action down. Double up on the jab by fury, Wilder is tagged. Wilder ducks in to avoid a big right hook. 1-2 by Fury, they clinch and Fury is punching the body. Bayless fighting to break them up now. Right hook by Fury drops Wilder. He’s up quickly, but looks somewhat unsure of himself. There’s another exchange and Wilder stumbles, though the referee calls it a slip. Still, Wilder looked very unsteady at the end of that round.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-8, Fury. Overall, 30-26 Fury.
Round 4: Fury getting right on Wilder to start the round. They clinch up and are both punching even as Bayless tells them to clean it up. Good jab by Wilder. Fury swatting at Wilder now, he throws a big right hand and Wilder stumbles onto his backside. It’s ruled a slip. Fury lands a body shot as the action resumes. Then another hard one and Wilder is on the defensive. Homerun right hand swing by Wilder is deflected. Wilder lands a jab, Fury not deterred. Fury is loose and relaxed. Some ugly clinching might be saving Wilder from damage right now. Bayless having a heck of a time controlling them. Fury with the jab, then a hook. Sloppy round here.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Fury. Overall, 40-35 Fury.
Round 5: Big right hand by Fury lands, he has Wilder on the ropes. They clinch up, Wilder trying to throw a hand over the top. Fury is bullying Wilder. Two lefts up top and then a left to the body puts Wilder on his backside. He’s back up and Fury greets him with a straight right. Short right hand and Wilder is visibly wobbled. He’s just trying to lean on Fury, but Bayless quick to separate them. It’s all Fury as he throws 1-2s down the pipe, Wilder only answering with the clinch. Bayless takes a point away for Fury’s front headlocks, which he’s been doing throughout the fight. Active exchange to end the round.
MMA Fighting scores the round 9-8, Fury. Overall, 49-43 Fury.
Round 6: Between rounds, commentary suggests Wilder may have a damaged ear drum. Jab by Fury. Big flurry, Fury going to the body, Wilder tries to answer with an uppercut. Fury taking his time and picking his shots with Wilder against the ropes. They trade jabs, Fury goes to the body. Fury rips the body again, short right inside. Bayless breaks up a clinch. Wilder completely cornered. Big shots on Wilder who is turtling up, responding with single shots only as Fury smothers him. Left hook by Fury, then head-body combo. Wilder sticks his tongue out as they clinch up. Left hook by Fury to close the round.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Fury. Overall, 59-52 Fury.
Round 7: Big left keeps Wilder retreating. Jab by Wilder, but Fury answers with a better one. Hard shot to the body by Wilder, Fury still coming forward and he hits Wilder with a left hand. Wilder throwing power punches and hittin gair. Fury finding his rhythm and he lands a quick five-punch combo. The referee steps in to stop the fight and Wilder does not look happy. It turns out his corner threw in the towel.
Official result: Tyson Fury def. Deontay Wilder via TKO (corner stoppage) at 1:39 of round seven to win the WBC world heavyweight title