Sweet Science Scene: A modern-day classic plus more knockouts and action thrill boxing fans

Michael Rueda
Sweet Science Scene Tyson Fury
Oct 9, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Tyson Fury celebrates after knocking out Deontay Wilder (not pictured) during their WBC/Lineal heavyweight championship boxing match at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Well, well, well: the Sweet Science sure did provide some excitement this past weekend. Some fights were good from both sides of the pond, as they say. A solid U.K. card and the big heavyweight battle with the Sweet Science world gave it a standing ovation. That and more in this week’s Sweet Science scene.

Let’s get this out of the way first: applause for Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.

This past week, these men put it all on the line, delivered a great fight, and stamped an epic trilogy. The contest brought action and the crowd was electric and witnessed five knockdowns. Fury landed the first knockdown in round three and Wilder responded with two knockdowns in round four. Fury began to pull away and picked up another knockdown in the round before landing a massive right hand to the temple, which ended the fight and trilogy. Fury remained undefeated and his eyes are now resting and seeing what is to come in the next few months. As for Wilder, he suffered a broken finger and hurt hand, so rest and the possibility of returning in the Spring of 2022.

UK match up thrills Sweet Science fans worldwide

Sweet Science Scene Shannon Courtenay
Shannon Courtenay. Photo: DAZN

Matchroom and DAZN put on a card in the U.K., and it was a solid lead into Fury vs. Wilder. The WBA women’s bantamweight championship was up for grabs as Shannon Courtenay missed weight and was stripped. She then lost the fight to new champion Jaime Mitchell. The battle of the card was between Troy Williamson and Ted Chesseman. Williamson won by massive 10th round knockout and you must do yourself a favor and watch it. The main event saw former super welterweight champion Liam Smith and Anthony Fowler square off. Early on, Fowler started strong, but eventually, the tide turned, and Smith picked up an eighth-round stoppage. It was a great night in the U.K. for Sweet Science fans to be sure.

Fury vs. Wilder gems you might have missed

On the undercard of Fury vs. Wilder, there were some exciting fights and outcomes for fans of the Sweet Science. First, former unified super welterweight champion Julian Williams was upset by Vladimir Hernandez in a close battle. Edgar Berlanga remained undefeated but was knocked down by Marcelo Coceres. Jared “Big Baby” Anderson remained undefeated by stopping Vladimir Tereshkin in two rounds. Robert Helenius didn’t allow Adam Kownacki to avenge his previous loss as Helenius beat him up and won by sixth-round stoppage. In the co-feature, undefeated heavyweights Efe Ajagba and Frank Sanchez squared off and in a forgettable fight, Sanchez was awarded the decision.

Sweet Science Scene Quick Hits

  • Anthony Joshua has officially exercised his rematch. Joshua recently lost to Oleksandr Usyk and now he wants to run it back. Many wondered if Joshua would invoke his rematch clause and he has done just that. Fight date will be announced in due time.
  • The ongoing saga of Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos seems to be near the end as after the default from Triller that was ruled by the IBF Matchroom has now picked it up. The fight will take place on DAZN, but the date is not yet known.
  • There were reports of a finalized date for Ryan Garcia and Joseph Diaz as November 27th, but with no official announcement we will wait before speaking on it. If the fight is to take place and it happens in Southern California it will be a big event wherever it happens.
  • Top Rank and ESPN plus will be putting on a show from San Diego, California, as WBO featherweight champion Emmanuel Navarrete takes on number 1 contender Joet Gonzalez. The co-main will also figure to be an action fight as Giovanni Santillan takes on Angel Ruiz.
  • On Saturday in Fresno, California former multi division champion Mikey Garcia makes his return to the ring as he takes on Sandor Martin in a catchweight contest. Other fights on the card include Elwin Soto defending his WBO junior flyweight title versus Jonathan Gonzalez. Jesse Rodriguez will take on Jose Alejandro Burgos and other fighters on the card include prospects Marc Castro, Brock Jarvis, Diego Pacheco, and Nikita Abably.
  • Former Olympic bronze medalist David Price officially announced his retirement. Price seemed like a heavyweight on the rise and was on his way to a title shot before being stopped in back-to-back fights versus Tony Thompson. Price had not fought since 2019 but has now officially called it a career.

Not to be Rueda…but

Some of you need to quit trying to bring down Sweet Science fan emotion and response to the Fury vs. Wilder fight. Many fans and media have called it a great fight, and so many call it entertaining, claiming it wasn’t a “great” fight. My advice: let people enjoy the fight and speak about it how they want. Was it a piece of pugilistic mastery? No, but it was a fight that has many still talking about it. It was a straight fight that saw five knockdowns and was full of drama. It was a sweet science technical match. It was a fight that captured all the imagination and excitement of the boxing world — quit trying to downplay it.