Tyson Fury declared himself the “greatest heavyweight of my era” after retaining his WBC title with a knockout victory over Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Britain’s Fury weathered the early storm and dropped Wilder in the third round with a short uppercut, but the American responded in the fourth, knocking Fury down twice with shots to the head.
But Fury absorbed the punishment and outlasted his American rival, landing the decisive blow in the eleventh round to remain the undefeated linear champion.
“I can only beat whoever is in my time and I have done it all my life. I can only beat the best of my day and I have. I’m the biggest heavyweight of my time, hands down, ”Fury told reporters.
“I’ve had three fights with the biggest puncher in the history of my sport, in my division. And he caught me twice in the fourth round. But I never thought, ‘This is over.’ I was thinking, ‘Okay, nice shot, but I’ll get you back in a minute.’ And I did it.”
Fury (31-0-1) has now won two of the three fights between the two men after the first ended in a draw and the Briton dominated the second.
“It was a very different fight than fight two and a very different fight than fight one, he came in very heavy tonight … and he was definitely hitting solid,” Fury said.
“We fought like two warriors there and I walked over to shake his hand and say ‘well done’. And he was like, ‘No, I don’t respect you’… He’s just a sore loser in boxing.
“It was a great fight, overall. You have to take your hat off to Wilder’s team and so does he. He put up a good fight. He wasn’t here to blow someone up in a single round. I travel the world for so many years to find challenges. And he gave me a really worthy challenge tonight, for sure. “