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king of the ring Tyson Fury knocked down TWICE but retains heavyweight title in Las Vegas thriller

The third fight between the pair was unquestionably their most riveting with five knockdowns

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Tyson Fury celebrates his 11th round knock out win against Deontay Wilder after their WBC heavyweight title fight

Tyson Fury celebrates his 11th round knock out win against Deontay Wilder after their WBC heavyweight title fight

Tyson Fury celebrates his 11th round knock out win against Deontay Wilder after their WBC heavyweight title fight

Tyson Fury retained his WBC heavyweight title but only after rising from the canvas twice before knocking out Deontay Wilder in the 11th round of a spellbinding contest at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

This third fight between the pair was unquestionably their most riveting with five knockdowns in total, Wilder the first to go over after sinking to his knees in the face of some punishing blows from his great rival.

Wilder not only survived the third round but turned the fight on its head in the next session with his famed right hand decking Fury twice and this time it was the Briton holding on to preserve his unbeaten record.

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Deontay Wilder  knocks down Tyson Fury in the fourth round

Deontay Wilder knocks down Tyson Fury in the fourth round

Deontay Wilder knocks down Tyson Fury in the fourth round

But the exertions seemed to take their toll on Wilder and Fury regained the upper hand around the scheduled halfway stage, evening up the knockdowns in the 10th before a flurry in the penultimate round brought an end to the bout.

Fury said in the ring afterwards: “It was a great fight, worthy of the best trilogies. I will not make any excuses, Wilder is a top fighter, he gave me a run for my money.

“I always say I am the best fighter in the world and he is the second best. Don’t ever doubt me. When the chips are down I can always deliver.”

'I am made pig, iron and steel.

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Tyson Fury reacts after knocking down Deontay Wilder

Tyson Fury reacts after knocking down Deontay Wilder

Tyson Fury reacts after knocking down Deontay Wilder

'I was hurt, Wilder is tough, but the Lord made me rise to my feet. He did not want to give any praise back, but I am the best heavyweight in the world and he is the second.

'He gave me a run for my money tonight, but I have pulled it out of the bag.

After the result was announced Wilder refused to shake his opponent's hand, which infuriated the self-professed Gypsy King, Tyson.

"He's got no love for me Deontay Wilder. You know why? Because I beat him three times. I'm a sportsman, I went over to him to show some love and respect, but he didn't wanna give it back. That's his problem.

I have proved time and again that I can never be written off.

"I didn't have my best performance but I pulled it out of the bag when it needed to be done.

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"He did keep getting up but it was that final right hand to the side of the head that finished him.

"I wasn't hurt. You get hit, you wake up on the floor. I got up and was very conscious the whole time. I was one punch away from knocking him out in the whole fight.

"I went over and said well done and he said he didn't want to show any sportsmanship or respect. Very surprised by that. He’s an idiot.

"I pray for him. I am thankful that we all get out of the fight in one piece and get to go to our families."

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