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Wilder Tamed Again, Fury Knocks Out American Challenger In Round 11

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Tyson Fury brilliantly retained his WBC crown over Deontay Wilder after rising from the canvas twice in an instant classic in Las Vegas

Tyson Fury got up from two fourth-round knockdowns and stopped Deontay Wilder in the 11th round Saturday night, retaining his WBC title in a thrilling conclusion to a superlative heavyweight trilogy.

Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) finished Wilder for the second straight time in their three bouts, but only after a wild back-and-forth evening featuring five combined knockdowns.

“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.”

Wilder was knocked down in the third round and appeared to be on his way out, but he improbably rallied to knock down Fury twice in the final minutes of the fourth.

Wilder (42-2-1) absorbed enormous punishment and appeared to be physically drained for much of the bout, but the veteran champion showed his toughness while still throwing power shots on weary legs.

Fury knocked down Wilder again with a concussive right hand midway through the 10th, but Wilder stunned Fury in the final seconds of the round.

Fury finally finished it in the 11th, sending Wilder face-first to the canvas with a chopping right hand fired from high in the air. Fury climbed onto the ropes in weary celebration before a frenzied crowd of 15,820 at T-Mobile Arena on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip.

“Don’t ever doubt me when the chips are down,” Fury said. “I can always deliver.”

Fury then broke into a rendition of “Walking in Memphis,” in keeping with his post-fight tradition of serenading his crowds.

TYSON FURY VS DEONTAY WILDER

Round 3: Fury knocks Wilder down with a hook

Round 4: Wilder rallies and knocks Fury down with a sickening right before dropping him a second time in the round

Round 10: Fury drops Wilder once again but American rises before landing late uppercut

Round 11: Fury delivers crushing knockout to defeat Wilder and retain title

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.”

Fury celebrates victory over Wilder

Tyson Fury celebrates his heavyweight title defence against Deontay Wilder with a ringside sing-song. Take a look:

‘Wilder’s an idiot’

Fury tells Steve Bunce on BT Sport that Wilder told him in that terse post-fight exchange that he didn’t want to offer any sportsmanship or respect.

“An idiot,” Fury says when asked how he felt about Wilder’s actions.

Fury praises his trainer SugarHill Steward

Fury finishes his interview by praising his trainer SugarHill Steward before breaking out in song. Singing ‘Walking in Memphis’ – with the title lyric changed to Walking in Vegas and following it up with chants of “Lancashire nah, nah, nah”.

Fury also used his post match interview to call out Wilder for a lack of respect saying:

“He’s got no love for me Deontay Wilder, because I’ve beat him three times. I’m a sportsman, I went over to him to show some love and respect and he didn’t want to give it back. That’s his problem, I’ll pray for him so God will soften his heart.

“I want to thank everyone in the building tonight who came out to show support for my sport, boxing. Thank you. It was a great fight, October 9th 2021 will go down as a great fight in history. I hope anyway.”

Reaction from Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury praised Jesus Christ, gave a shout out to John Wayne and called Deontay Wilder the second best heavyweight in the world in his post fight interview saying:

“Like the great John Wayne said ‘I’m made of pig iron and steel baby.’ First of all I’d like to say thank you to my Lord and saviour Jesus Christ, in the name of Jesus I won this fight tonight. I give him the glory he gives me the victory.

“I was down a couple of times, I was hurt. Wilder is a strong puncher and he’s a tough man. I was hitting him with some tough shots.

“It was a great fight tonight, worthy of any trilogy in the history of our sport. I’m not going to make any excuses, Wilder is a tough fighter who gave me a real run for my money tonight. I always said ‘I’m the best in the world and he’s the second best.’”

 

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