After rising off the canvas twice in an instant classic in Las Vegas, Tyson Fury masterfully held his WBC title against Deontay Wilder.
Tyson Fury recovered from two fourth-round knockdowns to halt Deontay Wilder in the 11th round on Saturday night, retaining his WBC heavyweight championship in a dramatic finish to a fantastic heavyweight trilogy.
Wilder (31-0-1, 22 KOs) was stopped for the second time in three fights by Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs), but only after a chaotic back-and-forth evening that featured five knockdowns combined.
“It was a great fight,” Fury said. “It was worthy of any trilogy in the history of the sport. He’s a top fighter, and he gave me a real (test) tonight.”
The third round came with a blow for Wilder as he suffers an exhausting knockdown and seemed to be on his way out, but he came back to knock down Fury twice in the fourth round.
Wilder (42-2-1) took a lot of damage and seemed physically exhausted for much of the fight, but he proved his tenacity by delivering powerful blows on tired legs.
Midway through the tenth, Fury knocked Wilder down again with a concussive right hand, but Wilder stunned Fury in the dying seconds of the round.
In the 11th round, Fury finished it off by throwing Wilder face-first to the canvas with a chopping right hand-delivered from high in the air.
“Don’t ever doubt me when the chips are down,” Fury said. “I can always deliver.”
The Independent revealed Tyson’s some Fury reactions after the fight.
Tyson Fury’s reaction
“I have proved time and again that I can never be written off. I didn’t have my best performance but I pulled it out of the bag when it needed to be done.
“He did keep getting up but it was that final right hand to the side of the head that finished him.
“I wasn’t hurt. You get hit, you wake up on the floor. I got up and was very conscious the whole time. I was one punch away from knocking him out in the whole fight.
“I went over and said well done and he said he didn’t want to show any sportsmanship or respect. Very surprised by that. He’s an idiot.
“I pray for him. I am thankful that we all get out of the right in one piece and get to go to our families.”