Completing one of the most remarkable comebacks in sporting history, Tyson Fury dominated Deontay Wilder in a seventh round stoppage victory to claim the WBC Heavyweight Title.
From the opening bell, the feared aura that has become synonymous with the big punching Wilder deteriorated, as he was forced to retreat by the perfect combination of calculated pressure and spiteful long punches.
The big question of whether Fury would seek a more aggressive approach was answered immediately, as he came out and commanded the centre of the ring, stamping his authority on the contest by backing up the Bronze Bomber with his thudding right hand.
After a more tentative second round, Fury forced an already wounded Wilder to the canvas in the third with a razor sharp right hand that became a prominent and potent weapon in the fight.
The 31-year-old continued to affirm his dominance in the fight, as he pummelled the American with a plethora of big shots in a performance that will cement his status as one of Britain’s all time greatest heavyweights.
Accelerating the wilt of Wilder, Fury varied his vicious work, forcing him once again to the canvas in the fifth as he bulldozed the body with a shattering left hook.
Following a malicious onslaught, the victory of the Manchester native was confirmed in round seven as the corner of Wilder mercifully threw in the towel. It sparked scenes of euphoria from Team Fury, as another incredible chapter in one of British sport’s most captivating stories was written.
HE’S DONE IT!!! @Tyson_Fury confirms himself as the number one heavyweight on the planet as Deontay Wilder’s corner throws in the towel in round seven!!— Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) February 23, 2020
Fury is now the @WBCBoxing, @ringmagazine and Lineal Heavyweight World Champion 👑 #WilderFury2 pic.twitter.com/EGjukLbXmn
Following a rousing rendition of American Pie, the newly crowned heavyweight champion told BT Sport Box Office: “I told everybody with a pair of ears that the Gypsy King would return to the throne. My last fight everybody wrote me off. I was underweight and over-trained. I’m a destroyer. Not bad for someone with pillow fists.
“I’m a man of my word. I told Wilder, his team, the world. We trained for a knockout; we wasn’t tapping around in that gym.
“I talk like this because I can back it up. People write me off, they look at my fat belly and bald head and think I can’t fight. He fought the best Tyson Fury, we’re both in our primes.
“I expect him to ask for the third fight. I know he’s a warrior and I’ll be waiting.”
Fury joins an elite list of British heavyweights to have held the prestigious WBC title, alongside Frank Bruno and Lennox Lewis respectively.
Contractually Wilder has the option to evoke a rematch in June, however the one-sided nature of the fight has left many questioning whether he will want to complete the trilogy.
After the fight, the former champion stated: “I’m doing good. Things like this happen. The best man won tonight, but my corner threw in the towel and I was ready to go out on my shield. I had a lot of things going on heading into this fight.
“It is what it is, but I make no excuses tonight. I just wish my corner would have let me go out on my shield. I’m a warrior. He had a great performance and we will be back stronger.
When the comeback began!
“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.”
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, promoter Frank Warren paid tribute to a masterful Fury performance: “I’ve been doing this a long, long time and that’s the best performance I have seen from a British boxer.
“It’s the best comeback in sport, not just in boxing but in sport, he was in the depths of despair, so to pull himself back from that and do what he has done, is just one of the most amazing things.
“He owned Las Vegas, he owned the ring, he owned Deontay Wilder.”