Las Vegas, Nevada – 05:45 GMT
“The King has returned to the top of the throne”. The post-fight words of Tyson ‘Gypsy King’ Fury who won every minute of every round in stopping Deontay Wilder on a technical knockout at 1:39 of the 7th round to gain the WBC world heavyweight title tonight.
Taking control from ring centre at the opening bell the Brit bludgeoned the American champion from pillar to post scoring knockdowns in rounds 3 and 5 before referee Kenny Bayless stepped in to stop the fight as Wilder was penned in a corner. This was as emphatic a heavyweight victory as witnessed without the humiliation of a knockout. Fury, dominating with powerful jabs and following up with concussive blows, quite simply took the undefeated ex-champ apart.
Post-fight Fury praised his saviour and then gave credit to the heart of the American who showed immense courage to remain in the fight. This was followed up by a rendition of American Pie joined by promoter Bob Arum and the thousands in attendance.
Fury 30-0-1 (21 KO’s) moves onto immortality in the heavyweight division and the ultimate showdown with fellow Brit Anthony Joshua. Wilder drops to 42-1-1 (41 KO’s).