Tyson Fury stunned the boxing world on Sunday with an incredible victory over Deontay Wilder in their blockbuster heavyweight showdown.
Fury is world heavyweight boxing champion again, dominating Wilder whose corner has thrown in the towel in the seventh round of their title rematch in Las Vegas.
‘HE’S A WARRIOR’: Tyson Fury's classy tribute to beaten Deontay Wilder
A boxer in their first fight, Fury went on the attack in Saturday night's rematch and knocked Wilder down twice before a flurry of punches in the seventh prompted his corner to call an end to the highly anticipated rematch.
Fury’s performance left the boxing world in awe, but a bizarre moment in the third round had people scratching their heads.
After opening up a cut in Wilder’s ear, Fury decided to lick the blood that was dripping down his opponent’s neck.
It's one thing to dominate your opponent, which Fury did. It's another to lick the blood off him in doing so. That's some next-level trolling. pic.twitter.com/mweZThvH4B— The Sports Daily (@SportsDailyBlog) February 23, 2020
Whether or not he actually licked the blood remains to be seen, but the moment certainly caused a stir.
Wilder’s ear is gushing blood.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) February 23, 2020
Fury also just appeared to lick it.
Shades of BJ Penn in his prime.
Tyson Fury a vampire or something trying to lick Wilder’s blood.— Chris Williamson (@CWilliamson44) February 23, 2020
Reporter: “Tyson why did you lick that man?”— Josh Bellamy (@Coach_Bell22) February 23, 2020
Fury: “Steve, I just wanted to know what losing tastes like.” https://t.co/KF92ezkZYh
Tyson bit an ear, Fury licks an ear, basically the same thing— Bradley Seymour (@tgunAU) February 23, 2020
Why Tyson Fury give Deontay the Shakira treatment on the neck doe⁉️ pic.twitter.com/vq0l9Gc6sV— Tank Williams (@TankWilliams13) February 23, 2020
That Fury lick is DISGUSTING— Chlo (@heyitschloo) February 23, 2020
Bizarre-shades of Mike Tyson https://t.co/SN1dJ72kpn— Sean O'Reilly (@seanjoreilly) February 23, 2020
Fury dominates Wilder in boxing masterclass
Two judges had Fury winning every round, while the third gave Wilder one round. Fury had a point deducted for grabbing and pushing in the fifth round.
"He manned up and he really did show the heart of a champion," Fury said. "He's a warrior, he will be back, he will be a champion again. But the king has returned."
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.
"The king has returned to his throne," proclaimed Wilder, whose previous reign as champion was cut short by drugs and alcohol.
"Even the greatest have lost and come back," he said. "I make no excuses. This is what big-time boxing is all about."
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.
"I wish my corner would have let me go out on my shield," Wilder said. "He did what he did. There's no excuses."
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.