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Fury knocks out Wilder to retain WBC crown

Tyson Fury managed to defend his crown as WBC heavyweight champion after knocking out Deontay Wilder in the 11th round of their 3rd meeting on Sunday.

Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs)  managed to get up twice in the 4th round after he was knocked down by his opponent before stopping him in the 11th round to retain his title in a thrilling conclusion to a superlative heavyweight trilogy.

This was the third meeting between the two, and the Gypsy King managed to finish Wilder for the second time in a row, after a competitive evening that included 5 knockdowns.

Wilder (42-2-1) fell in the 3rd round and appeared like he was done for the evening, but the veteran champion made an incredible comeback, and managed to knock down Fury twice in the latter stages of the 4th round.

The Bronze Bomber took many hits and looked drained for much of the bout, but he managed to stand firm and make it known that he wouldn’t go down easily.

Fury however sent him on the canvas again halfway through the 10th round, but Wilder stunned him in the final seconds of the round.

The match ended in the 11th, when fury knocked down wilder with a right hand fired from the air, sending the crowd at T-Mobile Arena on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip into frenzy.

“It was a great fight,” Fury said. “It was worthy of any trilogy in the history of the sport. He’s a top fighter, and he gave me a real (test) tonight.”

 Tyson tried to show some love to his opponent after the match but the invitation was declined.

Wilder’s trainer explained the lack of respect saying:

“Deontay looks at Fury as a man he had serious issues with concerning allegations and things he’d seen. After they released all that energy, he still felt the way he felt.”


Written by Kerry Mayodi

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