British heavyweight boxer, Tyson-Fury, a.k.a Gypsy King has retained his heavyweight crown with an 11th-round knockout of Deontay Wilder before a cheerful crowd of 15,820 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, US.
“I’m the best fighter in the world and he’s the second best,” says Fury after the fight, which contained five knockdowns in total (and nine overall in the trilogy).
He adds: “I was hurt, he’s a tough man … it was a great fight tonight, worthy of the best trilogies. I pray for (Wilder), so God will soften his heart.”
After 10 rounds of duels that saw both fighters dropping to the floor, Fury in the 11th round lands a sharp right uppercut followed by a right hand that sends Wilder reeling along the ropes. Another right hand sends Wilder crashing to the canvas and the referee waves it off.
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With a resounding 30-0-1 record, Fury now has his sights set on claiming the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles.
Not only did Fury maintain his unbeaten status as a professional boxer, but he now has the opportunity to potentially fight Oleksandr Usyk next for the four other titles that the Ukrainian took from Anthony Joshua last month.
In an interview with the MMA hour before the fight, Fury spoke on how he simply cannot accept defeat, no matter the circumstances: “Acceptance is a hard thing because nobody wants to accept the truth.
“When I was an alcoholic, I didn’t want to be told I was an alcoholic. I didn’t want to be told I’m a fat bastard. I was just happy being that. It’s almost like this little game in your own head where you don’t want to know the truth even though you do know the truth.
“I always knew I was a fat bastard. I knew I was addicted to alcohol but I didn’t want it pushed in my face.
“The moment that I accepted that I had to change and I had to get help and stop what I was doing, that’s the moment I could step away from it all and start again.”