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Tyson Fury knocks out Deontay Wilder to reclaim WBC title

Valentine Chinyem



Fourteen month after their first bout ended in a draw, British boxer Tyson Fury has knocked out American Deontay Wilder to reclaim the WBC heavyweight belt at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, USA.

The much speculated bout which which was not without the extra drama both fighters are known for, ended in the seventh round, after Fury knocked out Wilder.

Fondly known as the “gypsy king”, Fury dominated most rounds in the match.

As if getting through Wilder in the third round was not enough, Fury went ahead to downed him with a body shot in round sixth, which greatly weakened him.

However, in the seventh round, Wilder’s coach threw in the towel, that the fighter who was already bleeding from his left ear and mouth has had enough.

Wilder had been bleeding from the mouth and left ear, but to everyone’s surprise, Fury leaned down and licked the blood running down his neck while against the ropes, in the sixth round.

The fight was stopped as Wilder’s corner threw in the towel in round seven.

Fury, after the fight, wowed fans with the ‘American Pie’ song turning the event to a mini concert.

He said: “The king has returned to the top of the throne.”

Adding that, “I want to shout out Deontay Wilder, he showed the heart of a champion. He got up and battled onto round seven. He is a warrior, he will be back and be champion again.”

Deontay Wilder was however taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

He blamed his corner for calling it quit and not letting him “go out on his shield” during his interview after being checked over by medics.

He said: “The best man won on the night. My coach threw in the towel but I’m ready to go out on my shield.

“I had a lot of things go on coming into this fight but it is what it is.

“I just wish my corner would have let me go out on my shield, I’m a warrior. But he [Fury] did what he did and there’s no excuses.”

“I had a lot of things go on coming into this fight but it is what it is. My leg was already weak coming in due to other things. But I make no excuses tonight,” he added.

On how he will respond to his first defeat, Wilder said: “Even the greatest have lost and came back, that is just part of it.

“You just take it for what it is. I can make no excuses tonight. I had a lot of complications.

“But we’ll come back stronger next time around. This is what big-time boxing is all about, the best must fight the best.

“I appreciate all the fans that came out and supported the show, and I hope that everyone gets home safely.”

Wilder had mocked Fury in a tweet in January, when he promised to baptize him, saying not even God can save him.

“I told you before our first fight that I was going to baptize you. And I did. But not even God can save you the second time around. I promise you that. 👑✊🏿 #BombZquad #TilThisDay #WilderFury2 #February22,” the tweet read.

The reverse was however the case, as he was handed his first ever defeat in 39 wins by Fury.

Fury back in 2015 defeated Wladimir Klitschko to claim all four world title belts, but soon after fell into depression and drug addiction, which saw him contemplating suicide and costing him his accolades.

However, despite retreating from the sport he loved to enable him fight his addiction, he had a constant training plan to enable him combat his overweight nature which saw many mocking him.

Fury did like he promised, ahead of fight against Wilder, with many blaming Wilder for calling God’s name in his tweet against Fury.

Speaking ahead of their rematch, Fury had promised to finish what he started against Wilder.

He said: “Deontay knows he was rocked three or four times in the last fight and I didn’t have the gas to finish him. This time I can turn that screwdriver until he is gone.

“You are going to sleep in two rounds. I keep having the same dream about round two. I am playing poker and I get dealt the No 2 card. He is getting knocked out in round two, 100 per cent.

“What is going to happen is that I am going to get what I won last time. I am going to get that green belt, I am also going to get the Ring Magazine, and I am also going to keep my lineal championship, too.

“And if he wants to rematch again, no problem. You beat a man once, you beat him again, you beat him three times in a row,” Fury noted.

Fury is being tipped to meet Anthony Joshua, a fellow Englishman within the year.

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