'Unreal to watch': World erupts over Tyson Fury 'masterclass'

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Tyson Fury won his trilogy bout against Deontay Wilder in one of the great heavyweight title fights of all time. Pic: Getty
Tyson Fury won his trilogy bout against Deontay Wilder in one of the great heavyweight title fights of all time. Pic: Getty

Tyson Fury has maintained his unbeaten heavyweight boxing record with an incredible 11th round knockout victory over Deontay Wilder in their WBC trilogy title fight in Las Vegas.

Fury knocked out Wilder in the seventh round of their second bout in February last year after the first fight ended in a controversial split draw.

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The Brit again reigned supreme in the highly anticipated third bout, putting on a boxing masterclass to hand the American just his second career defeat in an instant classic.

Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) finished Wilder for the second-straight time in their trilogy, but only after a wild back-and-forth bout featuring five combined knockdowns.

"It was a great fight," Fury said. "It was worthy of any trilogy in the history of the sport. He's a top fighter, and he gave me a real (test) tonight."

Wilder was knocked down in the third round and appeared to be on his way out, but he improbably rallied to knock down Fury twice in the final minutes of the fourth round.

Wilder (42-2-1) absorbed enormous punishment and appeared to be physically drained for much of the bout, but the veteran champion showed his toughness while still throwing power shots on weary legs.

Fury knocked down Wilder again with a concussive right hand midway through the 10th, but Wilder stunned Fury in the final seconds.

Fury finally finished it in the 11th, sending Wilder face-first to the canvas with a chopping right hand fired from high in the air.

The Brit had an intense look in his eyes as he stared down Wilder and fired in a few last insults at the American before the opening bell.

It was Wilder who came out with more attacking intent though as the American played the aggressor in the first round.

Fury was largely content to feel out the opening minutes before he landed a couple of decent combinations towards the end of the round.

The 33-year-old old Brit upped the ante in the second round, collecting the American with a vicious right hadn't to the side of the head.

However, Fury was almost rocked by one of Wilder's own power shots that set the Brit back onto the ropes.

Both men traded big blows in the third round but it was Fury that knocked Wilder to the canvas after a succession of vicious shots.

The American beat the count and then had the bell to thank for ending the round as Fury went in for the kill, looking for the knockout punch.

Seen here, Tyson Fury (R) punches Deontay Wilder during their WBC heavyweight title fight  in Las Vegas.
Tyson Fury (R) punches Deontay Wilder during their WBC heavyweight title fight in Las Vegas. Pic: Getty

Wilder sensationally turned the tables on his opponent in the next round, twice knocking the champion down, only for Fury to beat the standing eight count on both occasions.

The Brit regained his composure in the fifth as the two fighters jolted for momentum.

The sixth round saw Fury look to reestablish his earlier dominance as the 33-year-old rocked Wilder on a number of occasions, looking to land his big uppercut.

The Brit landed another brutal right in the seventh, before pinning the American on the ropes with a flurry of combination shots.

Wilder continued to struggle under the barrage of punches from Fury, with the 35-year-old's legs looking increasingly wobbly.

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Fury controlled the contest expertly, with his jab blunting Wilder's attack and his follow-ups leaving the challenger battered and fatigued.

The American looked on the brink of defeat time and time again but refused to go down in a gutsy display.

Fury sent Wilder to the canvas with a devastating right midway through the tenth round but couldn't find the punch to end the bout as the challenger courageously hung on.

Wilder was finally stopped in the eleventh round after a ferocious right hook from Fury, with the referee immediately signalling an end to the contest.

The epic fight left the boxing world in meltdown, with many describing it as one of the greatest bouts they'd ever witnessed.

with AAP

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