Tyson Fury admitted he never thought he was down after being knocked down twice by Deontay Wilder, before retaining his WBC belt with a devastating 11th round knockout.
The third fight between the two was arguably their most captivating with five knockdowns in total.
Fury claimed victory in one of the most entertaining fights in history
The Gypsy King came back twice from knockouts before sealing the knockout
Wilder was the first to pass after being put on the back following punitive blows from his big rival.
The American not only survived the third round, but turned the fight around in the following session with his famous right hand decking Fury twice, and this time it was the Briton who stood firm to preserve his record for invincibility.
But the efforts seemed to take their toll on the big Wilder, and Fury regained the upper hand around the scheduled stage midway through, leveling knockdowns in the 10th before a flurry in the penultimate lap ended the fight.
And the Gypsy King spoke after the Vegas showdown about his strength of character to come back, having been knocked down twice in the fourth round.
In a post-fight interview with TR Boxing and Premier Boxing, the Briton said: “I have had three fights with the biggest puncher in the history of my sport in my division.
“He caught up to me – he caught me twice in the fourth round, but I never thought, ‘it’s over.’ I was thinking, ‘Okay, well, but I’ll get you back in a minute’.
” And I did.
“I was very conscious and saw the referee say ‘three, four’, but I was still there. He shook me, he knocked me down, but it’s boxing.
“It is also life; it’s not about how many times you get shot or how many times you lose, it’s how you keep coming back and moving forward.
Usyk might take on Fury next as the Gypsy King looks to claim all the belts
“You have to keep moving and keep fighting; not just in life, but in general. Nothing will ever be easy.
“If you want something that’s very hard to get, then you have to sacrifice yourself, dedicate yourself and keep pushing no matter what, and don’t let anyone tell you, ‘you can’t.’
“Tonight, once again, I have shown that it is positive to achieve anything you want, as long as you believe in it here. [pointing to his head]. «
Fury will now seek to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis in 2000, as he plans his next opponent.
He has to defeat Oleksandr Usyk to do so after the Ukrainian won the WBF, IBF and WBO crowns with a victory over Anthony Joshua a fortnight ago.
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