Tyson Fury pulled off the greatest victory for any English boxer abroad as he stopped America’s KO king Deontay Wilder with an utterly dominant, devastating performance.
The Gypsy King arrived in the ring carried on a golden throne and ascended into the pantheon of all-time heavyweight greatest on the wings of genius.
Fury has now completed a full set of the world heavyweight belts by adding Willder’s WBC title and the Ring Magazine accolade to the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO prizes he held previously after defeating Wladimir Klitschko.
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But the manner of it enhanced the accomplishment.
This was simply phenomenal. Fury not only battered around the ring the most feared puncher in the ring today but his aggressive tactics took away Wilder’s space in which to throw his Bronze Bombs.
Fury floored twice the man who had done the same to him twice in their epic draw 14 months.
This was the rematch but, astonishingly, it was hardly a match at allow.
Fury praised Wilder’s courage for getting up just as he had before fulfilling his customary promise to sing in the ring if he won. The choice of song was a little less complimentary: Bye Bye Miss America Pie.
‘I told you I would do this,’ Fury roared. Yes , he did. I am one of many who wish I had listened.’
Wilder’s corner threw in the towel in the seventh just as referee Kenny Bayless intervened to save him from further punishment. He said: ‘I wish my team had let me go out on my shield.’
After this it will require a lot of thought before he decides to implement the contracted loser’s right to demand a third fight.