Tyson Fury survived two knockdowns on his return to main event boxing on Sunday morning, as he controversially drew with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles.
Whilst the ending to the fight proved to be a huge talking point, Fury’s reaction to being floored for the second time was fantastic.
The Gypsy King made his long awaited main event return after shedding 10 stone in one year, and looked like he had never been away from the ring, outboxing and outclassing Wilder at times with his boxing ability.
Fury did, however, find himself on the canvas not once, but twice, in the ninth and 12th round respectively.
Whether you like Fury or not, you have to respect his grit and determination as he picked himself up both times to carry on taking the fight to the heavy-hitting Deontay Wilder.
Whilst ahead on points despite the knockdown in the ninth round, Fury was just looking to see the fight out against a spent Deontay Wilder.
What the Gypsy King did not expect was the huge combination that followed from the Bronze Bomber that sent him crashing to the canvas again.
With the referee almost at the 10 count, Fury rose from the canvas, stood back on his feet, and was ready to go again.
Fans in the Staples Center and around the world could not believe Fury was able to continue, and the look on Wilder’s face was of utter disbelief as he finished gloating and saw his opponent stood ready and waiting to carry on.
The referee spoke to Tyson as he stood to his feet, asking, “Can you continue? Do you want go?”
Fury’s response was exactly the type of reaction that you have come to expect from him.
After confirming he was okay to continue the fight, the referee simply asked Fury to perform a simple task to prove his legs had not gone from beneath him, and he was able to carry on.
“Walk over there and come back to me,” he shouted at Fury.
Fury took the instruction and ran with it - quite literally!
The Gypsy King began to run over to the ropes and back to the referee proving he could still stand, after a shot that would have knocked most boxers out cold.
It was dramatic stuff from Fury, with Wilder seemingly celebrating the win whilst his opponent was floored.
The reaction to the fight will go on for weeks ahead, as fans now wait to see what lies in store for both Fury and Wilder next, whether it’s a rematch or they decide to go their separate ways.