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Tyson Fury defends his WBC heavyweight world title and the heavyweight lineal championship against Deontay Wilder on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (ESPN+ PPV, 9 p.m. ET, with preliminary fights starting at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and ESPN+).

Fury won the title from Wilder with a seventh-round TKO victory in February 2020, the rematch of a disputed split draw back in 2018. Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs), 33, of Manchester, England, has promised another KO victory and said he will send Wilder to an early retirement.

“He’s in denial, and he’s getting knocked out,” Fury said during a news conference on Wednesday. “His legacy is in bits. I knocked him out, and now I’m going to retire him.”

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Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs), 35, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, said the fight Saturday will be one to remember and is confident he will be on top this time around.

“I don’t have anything to prove,” Wilder said. “I’m in a great place and in a great state of mind. I have a lot of great people around me. This fight is about redemption, retaliation and retribution.

“Saturday night is going to be a different fight. It’s rare that we get trilogies like this, and I truly believe this one is going down in history.”

Also on the card, heavyweight power puncher Efe Ajagba takes on Frank Sanchez in a 10-round heavyweight battle.

Follow along as Mike Coppinger and Brett Okamoto recap all the action from Las Vegas, or watch the fights on ESPN+ PPV.

Fight in progress: Efe Ajagba vs. Frank Sanchez, 10 rounds, heavyweights


Helenius dominates, stop Kownacki… again

Robert Helenius, left, dominated Adam Kownacki in their rematch, scoring a sixth-round TKO victory. AP Photo/Chase Stevens

Robert Helenius, for the second consecutive fight, pummeled Adam Kownacki en route to a TKO victory.

Helenius (31-3, 20 KOs) used his superior height and reach to connect with damaging blows at distance, closing Kownacki’s left eye and causing tremendous swelling around the other.

Punch Stats

Punches Helenius Kownacki
Total landed 129 52
Total thrown 366 270
Percent 35% 19%
Jabs landed 48 5
Jabs thrown 175 104
Percent 27% 5%
Power landed 81 47
Power thrown 191 166
Percent 42% 28%
— Courtesy of CompuBox

Kownacki (20-2, 15 KOs) was in serious trouble in Round 6 as he continued to eat punches when he landed a second low blow. Referee Celestino Ruiz separated the boxers afterward and then stopped the fight at 2:38, leading to confusion over whether the fight was a disqualification or stoppage.

With the victory, Helenius, 37, of Sweden, has new life in the heavyweight division, a weight class “The Nordic Nightmare” was considered a top prospect in many years ago. When they met in March 2020, Kownacki was stopped in the fourth round of a major upset. The Poland native had been riding a wave of momentum with solid victories over Charles Martin and Chris Arreola before losing to Helenius. The 32-year-old action fighter is a big attraction in Brooklyn, New York, with his legion of Polish fans. But now, after a second TKO loss, it’s unclear where he goes from here.

Anderson stops Tereshkin, keeps KO streak alive

Jared Anderson, above, scores scored the 10th KO of his career with a second round victory over Vladimir Tereshkin. AP Photo/Chase Stevens

Heavyweight Jared Anderson (10-0, 10 KOs), of Toledo, cruised to a second-round TKO over Russia’s Vladimir Tereshkin (22-1-1, 12 KOs).

Punch Stats

Punches Anderson Tereshkin
Total landed 51 24
Total thrown 120 127
Percent 43% 19%
Jabs landed 9 1
Jabs thrown 36 44
Percent 25% 2%
Power landed 42 23
Power thrown 84 83
Percent 50% 28%
— Courtesy of CompuBox

Anderson, a sparring partner of Tyson Fury ahead of Saturday’s event, used an obvious speed advantage to just completely overwhelm Tereshkin with punches. Tereshkin tried to slow the fight down and make things ugly, but he couldn’t keep up with Anderson’s speed.

The finish came at 2:51 of the round, after Anderson walked him to a corner and landed a series of hard right hands to the chin. Tereshkin never went down, but referee Kenny Bayless did not hesitate to step in as Tereshkin’s mouthpiece drooped out of his lower lip.

Anderson has recorded knockouts in all of his fights since turning pro in Oct. 2019.

Berlanga gets knocked down, but passes toughest test of his young career

Super middleweight KO artist Edgar Berlanga, right, passed the toughest test of his young career by outpointing Marcelo Esteban Coceres. Etienne Laurent/EPA

Edgar Berlanga started his career with 16 first-round knockouts in his first 16 fights. Fight 18 raised the first legitimate questions regarding his potential and the ability to realize it.

Punch Stats

Punches Berlanga Coceres
Total landed 124 101
Total thrown 407 500
Percent 31% 20%
Jabs landed 58 31
Jabs thrown 239 297
Percent 24% 10%
Power landed 66 70
Power thrown 168 203
Percent 39% 35%
— Courtesy of CompuBox

Berlanga (18-0, 16 KOs) was dropped in the ninth round, the first knockdown of his career. It’s also the first fight in which he scored no knockdowns. However, Berlanga still came through with the unanimous-decision victory over Marcelo Esteban Coceres via scores of 96-93, 96-93 and 96-93.

Berlanga’s manager, Keith Connolly, tells ESPN the super middleweight prospect suffered a left arm injury in Round 3. The 24-year-old from Brooklyn, New York, will be examined for what’s feared to be a left bicep tear.

Berlanga was slated to fight Steve Rolls on Dec. 11 in New York on the undercard of Vasiliy Lomachenko-Richard Commey. Berlanga first encountered trouble in Round 6, a frame in which Coceres (30-3-1, 16 KOs) landed a bundle of clean power shots. The 30-year-old Argentine suffered an 11th-round KO loss to Billy Joe Saunders in his lone title shot. In that November 2019 bout, Saunders was trailing on one scorecard at the time of the stoppage.

This was the first time Berglana went past eight rounds. His April victory over Demond Nicholson — a fight in which Berlanga scored four knockdowns — was an eight-round unanimous-decision win. In his last two fights, the untested Berlanga has now banked 18 rounds after logging just 16 rounds in his first 16 fights.

Hernandez upsets Williams in split-decision win

Vladimir Hernandez, left, dominated the late rounds to edge Julian Williams in a split-decision win. Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Stockton, California’s Vladimir Hernandez (31-2-1, 16 KOs) pulled off a significant upset over Julian Williams (27-3-1, 16 KOs), spoiling Williams’ return to the ring. Following 10 hard-fought rounds, two judges awarded the junior middleweight bout to Hernandez 97-93 and 96-94. A third had it 96-94 for Williams.

Punch Stats

Punches Williams Hernandez
Total landed 112 137
Total thrown 436 711
Percent 26% 19%
Jabs landed 2 5
Jabs thrown 114 181
Percent 2% 3%
Power landed 110 132
Power thrown 322 530
Percent 34% 25%
— Courtesy of CompuBox

Fighting out of Philadelphia, Williams was heavily favored in the contest despite a 20-month layoff. This was William’s first fight since losing the WBA and IBF titles to Jeison Rosario via fifth-round TKO in January 2020. He was supposed to fight twice in the last year, but his return was postponed due to injury and testing positive for Covid-19. With a win, Williams, 31, had his eye on IBF, WBA and WBC champ Jermell Charlo. Instead he fell to 0-2 in his last two.

According to Compubox, Williams outlanded Hernandez in punches 70 to 60 through the first five rounds. Hernandez went on to outland him 77-42 through the final five.

Hernandez picked up the win despite suffering a cut near his left eye in the very first round. The cut opened wider throughout the bout, but did not stop Hernandez from applying constant pressure. It was Hernandez’s pace and pressure that turned the fight, as he dominated the later rounds as Williams slowed down.

Ramirez dominates Gonzalez for eighth consecutive victory

Robeisy Ramirez, left, scored his eighth consecutive victory with a decision win over Orlando Gonzalez. Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images

Robeisy Ramirez, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, went the 10-round distance for the first time with a unanimous-decision victory over Orlando Gonzalez in a featherweight bout.

Gonzalez (17-1, 10 KOs), a 26-year-old from Puerto Rico, suffered the first pro defeat of his career via scores of 99-91, 97-93 and 99-91. Ramirez (8-1, 4 KOs) boxed off the back foot and comfortably banked rounds against his best foe yet.

Ramirez, 27, of Cuba, lost his pro debut but has won every fight since.

Carrington scores unanimous decision in pro debut

Bruce Carrington, right, won his pro debut against Cesar Cantu by unanimous decision. Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images

Highly-touted amateur featherweight Bruce Carrington (1-0, 0 KOs) turned in a beauty of a pro debut, defeating Cesar Cantu (3-2, 1 KOs) via unanimous decision: 40-36, 40-36 and 40-36.

The 24-year-old from Brooklyn, New York, outclassed Cantu, 28, of Weslaco, Texas, in every facet of the bout. He hurt Cantu with an uppercut and right hand at the end of the third round. Carrington was an alternate on the U.S. Olympic boxing team in 2016. — Okamoto

Faust dominates Marshall in TKO win

Heavyweight Viktor Faust, right, defeated Mike Marshall by third-round TKO. Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Viktor Faust scored a third-round TKO of Mike Marshall to kick off the undercard of Fury-Wilder 3.

The 29-year-old heavyweight dropped Marshall in the second round and then again in the third. Immediately after the second knockdown, referee Robert Hoyle stopped the bout (at 1:49 of the round).

The Ukrainian improved to 8-0 with 6 KOs. Marshall, a 33-year-old from Danbury, Connecticut, is now 6-2-1.

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