After Fury dropped him in the third round, Wilder came back to put Fury down twice in the fourth. Fury recovered as the pair traded huge shots throughout the middle rounds with Fury getting the better of it. Whether it was from Fury's punches or the 277-pound Brit leaning on him in the clinches, Wilder slowed in the second half of the bout. Then came the 10th round where Fury ducked under a Wilder left hook and countered with a tremendous right that put the American down and seemingly ready to go. But Wilder somehow came back firing hard punches to close out the round. Fury was right back at him in the 11th though, hitting him with a huge uppercut followed by another right hand that dropped Wilder and finally finished the contest.
Mixed martial arts fans around the world were disappointed on August 29th, when former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley was defeated by internet personality Jake Paul in a boxing match via split decision. Following the decision, a bet from before the match resurfaced in which the loser was supposed to get a tattoo stating that they loved whoever had just beaten them. Woodley immediately wanted a rematch, and Paul said that if Woodley actually got the tattoo, then a rematch was possible. Keep reading to see a recent Instagram post from Woodley, in which he kept his end of the deal.
Woodley's Instagram post:
Clearly, Woodley was trying to get under Paul's skin by calling him "son" and strategically getting the tattoo inked on his middle finger. Paul has since responded in a rather strange YouTube video in which he essentially just holds up a small paper sign that says "I love you too".
Paul has been trying to book a fight with WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury's half-brother Tommy Fury, who has reportedly declined two offers to make the match happen. According to sources at ESPN, the second offer would have been a million-dollar payday for Fury.
The difficulties booking the Fury fight and the new ink from Tyron Woodley might make Paul vs. Woodley 2 a reality. Woodley's manager, Malki Kawa of First Round Management, has said that the tattoo should put his client in position for a rematch, showing that the Woodley camp is serious about getting redemption.
The Triller Fight Club pay-per-view platform has gained immense popularity recently by hosting pop culture-fueled boxing matches such as Logan Paul vs Floyd Mayweather and Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley. They were back in action on Saturday night with a card that featured multiple MMA legends as Vitor Belfort challenged Evander Holyfield and Anderson Silva went toe-to-toe with Tito Ortiz in a boxing ring.
The first of these two bouts was the showdown between former UFC champions Ortiz and Silva. Ortiz came out swinging with a series of punches, but they were simply too slow for the elusive Silva. Silva ducked under a series of punches, connected with a hard right hand, and followed with the left to send Ortiz to the canvas. In just 81 seconds, Silva knocked out his fellow 46-year-old combatant and improved his boxing record to 3-1. Before Ortiz, Silva also defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. via split decision back in June.
WATCH: Anderson Silva knocks out Tito Ortiz
The @SpiderAnderson KO hits different from ringside 👀 #SilvaOrtiz (via @OmarESPN) https://t.co/5tUEa9UwgK— ESPN Ringside (@ESPN Ringside) 1631411731.0
In the main event, Holyfield came out looking remarkably slow as he attempted to find his range with some jabs. Belfort landed a left hook and swarmed Holyfield, who slipped at the end of the flurry and almost fell out of the ring. An uppercut from Belfort sent Holyfield down once again for an official knock down. Belfort continued his onslaught after the referee stood Holyfield up, and after a few more punches connected to the head of Holyfield the ref had seen enough. Belfort defeated the boxing legend at his own game and secured the TKO with just about 11 seconds remaining in the first round.
WATCH: Vitor Belfort stops Evander Holyfield
Vitor Belfort’s pressure proved to be too much for Evander Holyfield. (via @OmarESPN) https://t.co/wlR89gCjJC— ESPN Ringside (@ESPN Ringside) 1631414099.0
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According to historian Joseph Svinth, who maintains the world's most comprehensive database of boxing fatalities dating back to the 18th century, this is just the second known incident of a woman dying as the result of injuries sustained in a professional boxing match. Phindile Mwelase died following a pro match in South Africa in 2014. In 2005 in Colorado Becky Zerlentes became the first woman to die as the result of a sanctioned amateur match. There had been deaths in unsanctioned bouts prior to this. Female fatalities in boxing have been much rarer than male deaths in part because of the shorter duration and lesser number of rounds but also because, until recent years, there have been far fewer female boxing matches than men's matches.
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