Tyson Fury knocked out Deontay Wilder in the 7th round of a sensational and historic performance to become the new WBC Heavyweight Champion of the world on Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The Gypsy King proved all doubters wrong by flooring the Bronze Bomber twice in the third and fifth rounds before forcing his corner to throw in the towel during the seventh round
The bout began with Fury claiming centre ring and pressing forwards early.
Wilder landed a right hand within the first minute and Fury soon responded with one of his own as he pushed the champion onto the back foot.
Beforehand, the ‘Gypsy King’ had promised more aggressive tactics in the rematch and lived up to his word.
At the start of the second, Wilder found a single right hand again, but Fury was unmoved.
The Brit countered well with a left hook and then caught his opponent clean twice with strong right hands of his own and hurt the left ear of the ‘Bronze Bomber’
Fury began the third on the front foot too, hammering home another couple of straight rights.
Wilder looked more and more uncomfortable as he bled from the lip before being floored for the first time as a champion.
Fury smashed home a right to the side of Wilder’s head which sent him clattering down to the canvas.
The American survived the round by the skin of his teeth, but was clearly on unsteady and shaky legs.
The fourth saw a staggered Wilder fall to the floor once more, though he scrappily survived the session.
Then, in the fifth, Fury started with another massive right which badly hurt the champion once again.
A left to the body put Wilder down for the second time and, although he arose, the writing was on the wall.
Fury was then deducted a point by referee Kenny Bayless for holding and hitting.
In the sixth, Wilder came out slightly fresher and hurled bombs back at Fury, though he was once again staggering across the ring by the end of the round.
Entering the seventh round, Fury’s accuracy with crunching left hooks, jabs and right hands continued to put Wilder through hell.
He backed the ‘Bronze Bomber’ up into a corner, hammered home a straight right and began to unleash combinations, prompting the towel to be thrown in.
Referee Bayless separated the fighters and Fury was king of the world again and hand Wilder his first career loss.
Wilder said post-fight: “The best man won tonight. My coach threw the towel in, I was ready to go out on my shield.
“I had a lot of things going on going into this fight, but it is what it is. I make no excuses.
“I just wish my corner would’ve let me go out on my shield. There’s no excuses and we come back even stronger.”
Fury then added: “I just wanna say a big shout out Deontay Wilder. He manned up, he really did show heart of champion.
“But I will say the king has returned to the top of the throne.”
The Britain concluded by belting out a classic rendition of American Pie as he celebrated in the ring with his family and team.
“Deontay Wilder will be a champion again, but I will say the king has returned to the top of the throne.”
Source: Kwabena Asante Marfo, KobbyKyeiSportsNews