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Sports News of Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Isaac Dogboe sends words of encouragement to dethroned Wilder

Ghanaian boxer Isaac Dogboe has challenged dethroned WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder to overcome the defeat he suffered at the hands of Tyson Fury and bounce back because that is what champions do.

Dogboe’s words of encouragement come after Wilder, who was until last Sunday the WBC Heavyweight Champion of the world, was trashed by Tyson Fury at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.

Dogboe, himself a dethroned champion, took to social media site Twitter after Wilders defeat and said “Still A Warrior Champion @BronzeBomber Keep Ya Up!!”

Over the weekend Tyson Fury produced the most destructive performance of his boxing life to end Deontay Wilder's five-year reign as WBC heavyweight world champion in seven thrilling rounds of their Las Vegas rematch.

The Briton, 31, pummelled his rival in a way few could have imagined following their 2018 draw, flooring him in the third and fifth rounds while constantly backing up the most-feared puncher in the division in a way no-one has done before.

A jab and right hand - the combination with which Wilder has wiped men out repeatedly - sent the American down in the third, stunning the MGM Grand Arena.

Wilder, making his 11th defence, fell again before the round was out - this time a slip - and looked ragged under the pressure, before a left hand to the body sent the 34-year-old down in the fifth.

Fury delivered everything he had promised, transitioning from his hit-and-move style to overpower, outwork and bully his previously undefeated rival until the towel came in during the seventh round.

This was more than a world title win, it was a statement - and as Fury was held aloft by his corner after victory was sealed, the days of depression, weight gain and despair that cost him the belts he claimed in 2015 seemed a lifetime away.

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