Tyson Fury retained his WBC heavyweight title after defeating Deontay Wilder in a dramatic heavyweight title bout in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After an intense scrap in which both men were dropped twice before the knockout, Fury knocked Wilder out at 1:10 of the 11th round with a vicious left-right combination.
“It will go down in history as a great fight,” Fury said in the ring.
“I’m the WBC champion, the Ring Champion and the lineal champion. “Don’t ever doubt me. When the chips are down, I will deliver.”
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After one of the best fights Las Vegas has ever seen, a trilogy battle deserving of consideration as one of the best ever produced, there is no doubt that Fury has solidified his place as one of the all-time greats.
Wilder, who weighed a career-high 107.9 kg, came out swinging in the first round, forcing Fury to retrace and avoid the nasty right hand that had accounted for 41 knockouts in his professional career.
Fury, who weighed in at a career-high 125.6kg, struck the first knockout blow in the third round, knocking down the American with a big right hand.
In a tough, seesawing fourth round, Wilder appeared out on his feet but rallied in the greatest possible way, sending Fury to the canvass twice.
The former heavyweight champion — who had been criticized for being a limited boxer and one-punch specialist during his career — looked sharp, working behind a rangy jab to the body and testing Fury throughout — looked sharp, working behind a rangy jab to the body and testing Fury throughout.
As Wilder frantically searched for the knockout punch, Fury was forced to hold on for dear life, but he adjusted and went back to fundamentals, attacking behind his own stiff jab.
Despite scoring repeated, concussive strikes to the head from a stiff jab and deadly right hook, Fury remained scared of Wilder’s undeniable strength
With every clinch sapping Wilder’s stamina and every one-two combo taking its toll, the Briton’s better ring-craft and near 20kg weight advantage became increasingly apparent as the battle progressed.
The American appeared to be wobbled many times before finally collapsing in the 10th round, courtesy of another clubbing right.
Wilder miraculously recovered from that punch, but was unable to do so in the 11th, when Fury dropped Wilder with another superb combination and the referee stopped the fight before Wilder had even reached the ground.
Fury would not be drawn on his next move, but with the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO titles all committed to an Oleksandr Usyk-Anthony Joshua rematch, he may be obliged to defend his WBC title against fellow Brit Dillian Whyte if he beats Swede Otto Wallin later this month.
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