Deontay Wilder celebrated after scoring a brutal 12th-round knockdown on two-time heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, but was left stunned as the Gypsy King rose from the canvas shaking off the punches like a champ.
The Bronze Bomber, who has racked up a whopping 41 knockouts during his career, looked to have done the impossible, scoring a huge knockout on the former WBC champion in their first meeting back in December 2018.
With a right hook-left hook combination, Wilder caught Fury in both temples, knocking the British fighter to the canvas and jiggled his shoulders in celebration, causing an eruption of noise from the onlooking American crowd.
But much to Wilder’s dismay, Fury looked unfazed by the knockdown, despite seeming to lose consciousness, and answered the count of the referee, resurrecting himself from the deck akin to one of The Undertaker’s dramatic ring walks in WWE.
Wilder saw the funny side, giving a wry smile as he saw Fury bounce back from the string of heavy blows to pick himself off the canvas in the 12th round of the fight.
The fight continued, and Fury managed to hold his own for the remainder of the final round, with the fight controversially being called a draw.
Fury’s resurrection went on to earn him Comeback of the Year from American boxing magazine The Ring, but after the fight, Wilder thought he had been robbed, claiming: “Nine out of 10 refs would have waved that off.
“I’ve seen many times where they’ve done waved that off. Look at my brother Malik Scott, when he fought Derek Chisora. Malik was on his knees at nine, stood up at 10, and they waved it off immediately. I felt like the count was very slow. I felt like there was a lot of delays in there.
“But I’m not gonna complain because we put the heavyweight division on notice, and we did it with me and Fury. It’s not about no other guys or nothing like that. Me and Fury did it like true champions.”
Their 2020 rematch was billed as unfinished business, but the Gypsy King stopped Wilder’s challenge for his WBC belt in the seventh round, knocking the American fighter down twice to put the first blemish on his impressive career record, which now sits at 42-1.
The pair will now do battle for the third time on Saturday, October 9 in Las Vegas after an arbitration ruling forced Fury to fulfil his three-fight commitments with Wilder, despite calling out Anthony Joshua earlier this year.News Now - Sport News