‘I DEFINITELY knocked his ass out!’: Deontay Wilder bizarrely includes controversial draw against Tyson Fury in his top three career KOs… insisting he won that fight ‘hands down’ – even though Fury got back up!
- Deontay Wilder brutally dropped Tyson Fury in the 12th round of their first fight
- The Gypsy King however regained his feet and the bout was adjudged a draw
- But despite the result the Bronze Bomber has named it as one of his top KOs
- The duo will do battle again this weekend when they meet in their trilogy bout
Deontay Wilder has bizarrely included his bout against Tyson Fury nearly three years ago among his top three knockouts, despite only managing a controversial draw on that occasion.
The Gypsy King – who was successful in the middle rounds – was floored in the ninth round by the Bronze Bomber, and then brutally dropped in the 12th in Los Angeles in their December 2018 bout.
It was however not enough to finish off Fury, who regained his feet to survive the final two minutes, before the fight was scored 115-111 for Wilder, 114-112 for Fury and 113-113 by the judges.
Deontay Wilder has bizarrely included his bout against Tyson Fury in his top three knockouts
Wilder brutally dropped the Gypsy King in the 12th round of their nearly bout three years ago
But despite the result, Wilder has named it among his top three knockouts, along with his first-round obliteration of Canadian Bermane Stiverne in 2017 and right-hand knockout of Artur Szpilka the year before to make a successful third defence of his then WBC heavyweight title.
When asked to name his best KOs, Wilder told Marcus Watson on Instagram Live: ‘Coldest knockouts? There’s so many.
‘Bermane Stiverne II – I transformed, I had an outer experience with him. It was so crazy. Artur Szpilka, Szpilka was another one.
‘And the 12th round knockout of Fury, because I definitely knocked his ass out…I won that fight hands down.
But Fury regained his feet and the bout was controversially adjudged a stalemate
But Wilder to this day insists he should have won the first of their two fights to date
‘Not only with me knocking him out and the ref giving him more time because he felt like it would be the right thing to do because of the type of fight that it was.
‘It was a highly anticipated fight, had a lot on the line and sometimes these referees go out of their character feeling like, ”I’mma do what’s best for the sport,” instead of what is in the rules.’
Wilder’s failure to be handed victory came back to bite him in their re-match in February last year, when Fury took the WBC belt off him with a seventh-round technical knockout.
But Wilder, 35, still believes should the initial bout should have been stopped and he announced as the winner shortly afterwards.
Wilder also named his first-round obliteration of Canadian Bermane Stiverne in 2017 in the list
He also knocked out Artur Szpilka the year before to make defend of his then WBC title
The former champion continued: ‘I definitely knocked him out. The referee was Jack Reiss and if you go back and look at any of his fights, he stops a lot of fights early.
‘Sometimes they don’t even get to get up and he’s waving it off. When I knocked Fury out I literally seen it with my own self, that’s one of the reasons why I was so surprised.
‘Not only with the count, but I seen this man’s eyes rolled back into his head, that’s how this s*** was.
‘I seen his veins popping out his head and I knew he had a concussion. He was gone, that’s a wave off, period.’
The duo will now meet at the weekend in a trilogy bout at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and Wilder insists Fury is the only opponent he has hated.
Fury would claim that belt off him following a seventh-round stoppage in February 2020
Of the Gypsy King who dethroned him in seven brutal rounds in their first rematch, Wilder said: ‘He’s the only opponent I’ve ever hated. I have to control that, not get over-excited, be calm within the storm. But I want to beat him up for a few rounds before I knock him out.
‘Get ready for war, this is going to be an amazing fight. ‘I’m wearing my red outfit so I want blood.’
But Fury hit back, saying: ‘He says he wants to do bad things to me and hurt me – for those who hold a hot coal with the intention of throwing it at somebody, they are the ones who get burned. I don’t want to hurt Deontay Wilder, I just want to beat him in a fight.
‘Guess what, after this fight you (Wilder) will be back at the fast food chain you were working at early in your career.’
The duo are now set to face each other again this weekend at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas