Tyson Fury knocked out Deontay Wilder in the 11th round after dragging himself off
the canvas in an epic world heavyweight title fight in Las Vegas.
The British heavyweight star was on the brink of defeat when he was floored twice in
the fourth round, but Fury staged a sensational recovery and dropped Wilder in the
10th before inflicting a crushing knockout to retain his WBC belt.
Fury looked to have gained the upper hand after flooring Wilder in the third round,
only for the 35-year-old from Alabama to respond with two knockdowns of Fury that
had the English champion clinging on desperately in the fourth.
But it was the bigger, heavier Fury — landing the cleaner and more damaging blows —
who finished the stronger, and the champion had Wilder down once again in the 10th
with a right hook.
Wilder responded bravely to that knockdown by wobbling Fury in return.
But the brutal energy-sapping nature of the fight, and Fury’s relentless physicality,
finally took its toll on Wilder in the 11th.
With the American exhausted and on the ropes, Fury landed the decisive
“Don’t ever doubt me,” Fury said afterwards. “When the chips are down I will always
deliver “I give him the glory for the victory. He’s a tough man — he took some big
shots tonight.“It was a great fight tonight as well as any trilogy in history.”