Betfair ambassador David Haye gives his thoughts on what was an explosive knockout win for Deontay Wilder ahead of the Tyson Fury rematch next year...
"In the build up to their rematch it is very important that Fury works on his defence"
Nerve racking performance from Wilder
Deontay Wilder put in an exciting performance at the weekend, but it was more than a little nerve racking at times. The champion lost, certainly on my scorecard, each of the first six rounds and was unable to execute and land that monster right hand during the first half of the fight. But, when he did land it, it was all over and that's what counts.
In a 12-round fight it doesn't really matter what the score is after six rounds. It all depends how comfortably you deal with your opponent in the heat of battle. Deontay Wilder, pound-for-pound, is the hardest hitter on the planet in any weight division and I think Saturday proved that beyond all reasonable doubt. I am now really looking forward to the rematch with Tyson Fury which should happen early in 2020.
Fury fight is the biggest in the division
I expect that fight to be for the vacant Ring Magazine title. It will also be for the lineal title that Tyson Fury holds, as well as the WBC belt currently owned by Wilder. It's a unification fight, of sorts, but it's one that many believe is number one in the heavyweight division. The winner of that will, ideally, be looking to fight the winner of Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr which takes place in December. Things are really warming up and it's looking very, very exciting.
I don't think Fury would have learned anything from the fight between Wilder and Ortiz, other than what he already knew - try not to get hit clean in the rematch. I've sparred on a few occasions with Wilder in the past. I brought him into my training camp to assist me and can attest just how hard he hits. He is the hardest puncher I've ever been in the ring with and Fury, I'm sure, will feel the same way. In the build up to their rematch it is very important that Fury works on his defence and make sure he doesn't get nailed with one of those monstrous right hands.
Wilder has the power to knockout Fury
It's clear to see if the rematch between Wilder and Fury goes the distance again and hears the final bell it would be because Fury was able to avoid Wilder's knockout punch. If that is the case, you'll probably have to lean towards Tyson winning it on points. If there's a stoppage, however, it's only ever going to come from one man and that's Deontay Wilder.
I feel Wilder wins this fight by knockout and, if he doesn't, it will be Fury on points. I really believe Wilder has the power to knockout Fury, but the Englishman has the boxing capabilities to keep it long, frustrate and befuddle the heavy hitting Wilder over a 12-round fight. It's very intriguing.