Tyson Fury has become the first man to inflict defeat on Deontay Wilder after completely outclassing the American in their heavyweight rematch.
The bout was regarded as the most highly anticipated heavyweight showdown in a generation, with Fury also hoping to protect an undefeated record.
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The only blemish on either record’s career was the controversial split draw the first time they fought.
There was to be no repeat of that drama at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas as Fury dominated the big-hitting American from the onset.
Fury was the aggressor in the first round, using his jab well to keep Wilder pinned down in what was a cagey opening to the fight.
Wilder looked to up the ante in the second round, catching Fury with some good shots before the Brit ended the round with a flurry of punches.
Fury managed to penetrate the American’s guard on a number of occasions before scoring the first knockdown of the fight in the third round.
Fury put Wilder on the canvas again before continuing the onslaught in the fifth round, seemingly determined to end the contest early.
Wilder had blood streaming down his face when Fury again went on the attack in the seventh - the American’s corner eventually throwing in the towel to hand the Brit the heavyweight title.
The comprehensive nature of Fury's win left the boxing world in awe.
And Tyson Fury just dethroned Deontay Wilder! 🥊— Kito (@luckynhaca) February 23, 2020
Tyson fury made that look so easy didn’t he 🥊— Graeme Friday (@GraemeFriday) February 23, 2020
Tyson Fury. What a fighter— 🦅 (@cpfcdowd) February 23, 2020
Wow. Straight domination. Congrats to Tyson fury!!!! #WildervsFury2— Drake Bergstrom (@DBergie97) February 23, 2020
Fury remains undefeated after incredible win
Fury dropped Wilder in the third round with a right hand which seemed to take the legs out of the champion. He put him down again in the fifth round, this time with a left hand to the body.
The end came at 1:39 into the seventh round when referee Kenny Bayless stopped the fight after Wilder's corner threw in the towel as he was getting pummelled in a neutral corner.
It was the first loss for Wilder in 44 fights in the 11th defence of the title he won in 2015.
Fury stalked Wilder almost from the opening bell, using his jab to control the early rounds. He appeared to win every round on the scorecard.
Wilder briefly protested the stoppage, as a pro-Fury crowd at the MGM Grand hotel roared in delight.
Fury had bulked up to 273 pounds for the bout, vowing to change tactics and become the big puncher. He was true to his word, dominating early with a jab that stopped Wilder in his tracks and then landing combinations to the head and body.
The rematch, before a sellout crowd, followed their controversial 2018 draw in Los Angeles.
Fury improves his unbeaten record to 31 wins and becomes a champion for the second time after beating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.