Tyson Fury stops Deontay Wilder to become WBC World Heavyweight Champion


February 23, 2020

Tyson Fury put on a fantastic performance to stop Deontay Wilder in seven rounds and take the American's unbeaten record and WBC Heavyweight Championship.

'The Gypsy King' floored Wilder twice - in rounds three and five - and pummelled the knockout artist throughout until the Alabaman's corner threw in the towel.

Wilder protested but in truth, he had been outclassed by the Morecambe man who was true to his word of being more aggressive than when the pair fought to a controversial draw in December 2018.

Fury looked serene and relaxed during the build-up for the fight at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas and produced one of his trademark flamboyant ring entrances in front of a worldwide TV audience - including Brits staying up to watch at 5am UK time on Sunday.

The Gypsy King, clad in crown and royal cape, was carried into battle on a throne to a soundtrack of 'Crazy' by Patsy Cline.

The undefeated Wilder, making the 11th defence of the WBC Title he won in 2015, arrived in full body armour and menacing mask, looking intent on making Fury his 42nd KO victim in 44 fights.

The Brit had weighed in at 270lbs, more than a stone heavier than the first time he fought Wilder, and had changed trainer to work with Javan 'Sugar Hill' Steward, promising this time to knock the American out.

And amidst an electric atmosphere, the 6ft 9in Fury was a different man to 14 months ago as he raced out of his corner at the opening bell to put Wilder on the back foot from the off.

The devastating hitter from Tuscaloosa launched some dangerous bazooka right hands, landing a big one on the side of Fury's head, but Tyson was unhurt and landed his own to shade the first round.

Wilder arguably edged the second round, making better use of his jab than in the first fight and again looking to land his scary right.

But after a tense and tight opening, Fury took complete charge in round three, a right behind the ear decking Wilder for only the second time in his career.

The champion, who himself had come in at a career-high 231lbs, looked spent as he went down again from a Fury onslaught, only for referee Kenny Bayless to rule it a slip.

Fury kept on pushing Wilder back in round four, landing punishing blows as blood came from the American's mouth and ear.

And Wilder was down again in the fifth from a left hook to the body, and looked on the verge of being finished by an unstoppable Fury.

Not even a point deducted in round five for an illegal blow could stop the rampant challenger who eventually pinned Wilder in a corner in round seven and landed big shots until cornerman Mark Breland threw in the towel.

Now undefeated in 31 fights as a professional, Fury celebrated by serenading the crowd with a rendition of 'American Pie'.

On the undercard, Morecambe featherweight star 'The Westgate Warrior' Isaac Lowe also remained undefeated after a points win over Mexican two-time world title challenger Alberto Guevara.