Tyson Fury has insisted his rivalry with Deontay Wilder is now ‘done for good’ after stopping the American with a stunning 11th-round knockout, while discussing what is to come next.
The Gypsy King furthered his status as the heavyweight division’s ‘top dog’, as he put it, as he knocked Wilder down three times to retain his WBC strap in Las Vegas.
Fury was floored twice by a dangerous Wilder, both in the fourth round, with the American providing another reminder of his ferocious punch power, despite falling to a second-straight defeat to the Brit.
Fury serenaded the crowd with a rendition of ‘Walking in Vegas’ following his emphatic victory, while a battered and bruised Wilder swiftly departed to hospital for precautionary tests.
There are now a number of options ahead for Fury, including WBC mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte, while the win pushed him closer to an undisputed showdown against either Anthony Joshua or his recent conqueror Oleksandr Usyk.
Tyson Fury retained his WBC belt with an 11th-round stoppage win over Deontay Wilder
He discussed his immediate plans alongside trainer SugarHill Steward (left) after the fight
Fury next fight odds
- Dillian Whyte: 5/4
- Anthony Joshua: 6/1
- Wilder to retire: 2/1
*as per Betfair
Fury was asked about the possibility of fighting for all of the belts in his post-fight press conference, with the 33-year-old insisting he’ll now take a break.
‘We’ll see,’ he said. ‘I’ve just earned a well-earned break from everything.
‘I’ve been away from my family for six months, I’ve been home two weeks out of the last six months.
‘Before I start thinking about fighting other men, I’m going to bask in this victory, because tonight was one of my greatest wins.
‘I got off the floor to do it and I’m the big dog in the division.
‘I’m probably one of the heaviest heavyweight champions in history tonight, 277lbs, and I was fit, strong in there and I felt good.
‘We’ll see what today brings and tomorrow as well.’
Fury was floored twice, both in the fourth round, but he recovered well to stop Wilder
Fury will likely take on Dillian Whyte next, after he was named WBC mandatory challenger
Up next for Fury will most likely be fellow Brit Whyte, who was confirmed as the mandatory challenger to the WBC-belt holder earlier this week.
Fury had been in negotiations to fight Joshua in an historic all-British undisputed showdown this summer, before Wilder won his arbitration case and tied the heavyweight champion into a third bout.
In the meantime, Joshua lost his WBA, WBO and IBF straps to Usyk in a one-sided unanimous decision defeat in September, with promoter Eddie Hearn revealing on Saturday that they have officially activated the rematch clause.
Had Joshua won, Fury would now have 30 days to negotiate the undisputed clash. But with his British rival tied up with a rematch against Usyk, likely to take place in spring of 2022, he will instead be free to take on Whyte.
In good news for British fans, who had to wait until 5am for the action to start in Vegas, Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has revealed the fight will likely take place in the UK.
‘I’d love to (fight in the UK),’ he said. ‘Let him enjoy the moment, it was the best heavyweight fight I’ve ever seen.’
Frank Warren (left) insists he would love to see Fury take on Whyte at a stadium in the UK
It comes with an undisputed fight off the cards as things stand, with Anthony Joshua (right) taking on Oleksandr Usyk (left) again after activating his rematch clause
What’s certain is that Fury won’t share the ring with Wilder again, as he confirmed in his press conference.
‘Me and Wilder’s saga is done now, done for good,’ Fury added. ‘It was definitely a historic trilogy for sure, it swung both ways and both fighters had the opportunity to seize the moment.
‘It was just that I showed the initiative, dug deeper and wanted it more. At the end of the day, when it comes down to that sort of fight, it’s who’s willing to push further – and I wasn’t willing to let it go to the scorecards. I was definitely trying for a knockout.’
In the immediate future for Fury, however, is a drink and a party.
‘I’m going to go out, have a couple of drinks and relax,’ he continued. ‘I’m not even thinking about boxing, I’m basking in this glory.
‘Last time, after the second fight, I just went out, went to bed, got up and flew home. This has been a well, well-deserved victory tonight and I’m going to enjoy it.’