Tyson Fury appears fresh and unscathed backstage
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Tyson Fury has claimed Deontay Wilder is ’no more’ after winning their epic fight in Las Vegas on Sunday morning. The Brit went into the contest hoping to retain his WBC world heavyweight and Ring Magazine world titles. And he did just that, eventually prevailing in the 11th round.
Those lucky enough to be at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas witnessed a classic for the ages, a battle that will go down as the stuff of boxing folklore.
Fury was knocked down twice in the fourth round but, eventually, dug deep to win in the 11th.
The Gypsy King floored the Bronze Bomber twice, in the third and 10th rounds respectively, before triumphing towards the end.
It was a battle that lived up to and arguably surpassed expectations, especially after a week of sensational promoting in Sin City.
And Fury has now claimed that, by beating Wilder, the Alabaman is ‘finished’.
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“Determination and god’s plan,” he told BBC Sport how he was able to recover after being knocked down in round four.
“He was a very capable opponent tonight. It was a different fight from the first two but the outcome was the same.
“It was a great trilogy and you need a good dance partner for trilogies and he has been a good dance partner but there is no rematch clause, it is done.
“Wilder is done. There is no more Deontay Wilder.”
Fury then claimed that he suffered some ‘shaky moments’ during the encounter.
“I am very proud of my performance and the victory tonight,” he said.
“I was given this victory by god again and I am really thankful for it. There were some shaky moments in there but I never lost faith.
“I continued on and persevered and got that single punch knock out. As soon as I landed it I jumped on the ropes. I knew he was not getting back up from that.”
In a separate interview, Fury insisted he didn’t fight at his best.
“I have proved time and again that I can never be written off,” he said.
“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 fight in one piece and get to go to our families.”
And he praised Wilder, too, insisting the American is a ‘top fighter’ who pushed him all the way.
“I want to say thank you to my lord and saviour Jesus Christ. I give him the glory he gives me the victory,” he said.
“I was down a couple of times, I was hurt, Wilder is a strong puncher.
“It was a great fight tonight. I will not make any excuses, Wilder is a top fighter, he gave me a run for my money.
“I always say I am the best fighter in the world and he is the second best.
“Don’t ever doubt me. When the chips are down I can always deliver.”
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