Tyson Fury picked himself up off the canvas twice to retain his status as a world champion.
The former British heavyweight champion took on Deontay Wilder in their trilogy fight on Saturday night.
Fury, who drew with Wilder in their first fight back in December 2018 before brutally stopping the Alabama native inside seven rounds in February 2020, came out on top at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, stopping Wilder in the penultimate of 12 rounds to keep hold of the WBC title.
He sent his opponent sprawling in an explosive third only to see Wilder recover –– and the Briton found himself on the end of ‘Bronze Bomber’s’ huge right hand twice in quick succession.
The fight was gripping and you were unable to take your eyes off the action through fear of missing something in what was one of the best heavyweight fights ever.
Wilder was hanging on by the end of the seventh but stuck in there and was still a live dog in the fight come the 10th, when Fury knocked him down once more, before delivering the final blow in the 11th to bring this particular chapter of heavyweight boxing to a close.
Afterwards, Fury admitted that he was hurt and gave credit to the American, who was taken to hospital as a precaution after the fight.
“I was down a couple of times, I was hurt and Wilder is a strong puncher,” said Fury, who has the one belt that Oleksandr Usyk, the Ukrainian who comprehensively outboxed ‘The Gypsy King’s’ fellow British heavyweight Anthony Joshua recently, doesn’t have.
“It was a great fight. 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.”