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Sports News of Sunday, 23 February 2020

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Fury’s emphatic victory over Wilder draws praises from Ghanaians

His first comment after a round seven knockout victory over America’s Deontay Wilder was an acknowledgement of God’s divine blessings.

“First of all, I want to say thank you to my Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. I said those who plan evil against me will never prosper. I said those who stand in the dark will never come to the light. All praise be to the one and only true God, Jesus Christ”.

It’s that part of his craft that makes him endearing to people of faith and make him come across as a down-to-earth and ‘’born-again” believer who unlike a lot of guys in his profession does not entertain the flashy and ostentatious life.

On the dawn of Sunday, he treated the crowd at MGM Grand Arena to a greatly amazing boxing performance that saw him end Wilder’s five-year reign as WBC heavyweight champion.

He was feisty, proactive and above all brutal in his conquest of the American who had done all the trash-talking and perhaps won the war of words.

It was a boxing masterstroke that lasted seven rounds. From the on-set he took the fight to Wilder and battered him beyond expectations.

He out-punched, out-classed and out-fought him and when Wilder’s corner could no longer watch the lopsided brutal fight they threw in the towel.

At the end of the fight, he landed more power punches than the American threw in the entire fight.

58 of 168 punches landed compared to Wilder’s 18 out of 55. To be fair to Wilder, he has never been an attacking boxer. A calculative boxer with an absolutely damaging right hook is who he is but on the night his threat was neutralized by Fury.

His victory which is the first time a British boxer has won a title fight against an American in America heralds the remarkable turn around of a man who once gave up on the very sport he now leads as WBC Heavyweight champion.

Life threw at him depression, alcoholism, drugs, excessive weight but he turned it around and clutching onto his faith in God, he is a world champion for the second time.

For some Ghanaians who stayed up to watch Fury’s fantastic show, the bout was not only a great advertisement for the heavyweight division but also a reminder of the days the whole nation stayed up to watch the great Azumah Nelson.

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