Considering everything he’s been through over the past couple of years, to put in a boxing performance like that against Deontay Wilder on Saturday night was a remarkable achievement by Tyson Fury.
The British heavyweight, who has battled various well-documented problems in both his personal and professional life since his famous win over Wladimir Klitschko back in November 2015, was in no fit state to box last year.
However, the 30-year-old managed to get his head straight, he knuckled down and then set himself up for the Wilder showdown by defeating Sefer Seferi and Francesco Planeta in June and August, respectively.
Wilder was favourite to win the bout at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, but it was Fury who dominated most of the fight and was unfortunate not to record the 28th victory of his career.
Most people - including former world champions Floyd Mayweather, Lennox Lewis, Tony Bellew and Carl Froch - believe Fury did enough to secure victory, despite being knocked down twice.
The way he recovered from being floored in the 12th round seemed almost miraculous. It’s hard to imagine another boxer would have risen to their feet after sustaining the same punch from Wilder.
But Fury - who later joked: "It's easy to beat me - nail me to the canvas” - was determined not to lose arguably the biggest fight of his career so far. The draw was the least he deserved.
Paris Fury, Tyson’s wife, was interviewed by iFL TV on Sunday and revealed how her husband reacted following the draw.
Some people - especially those with a low opinion of the controversial boxer - might be surprised to hear that Fury thanked God not only for helping himself to emerge from the fight unscathed - but also his opponent, Wilder.
“I’m not kissing his backside but I really did admire him last night because he could have got upset,” Paris said. “What happened was a travesty to most people, so the way he conducted himself and the way he held himself… he came back and said ‘look, I know I won but things like this happen’.
“He was just happy.
"He was thankful to God to be alive and for everything to be healthy and well - and he was the same for the other guy [Wilder].”
Respect to Fury. It’s clear that he wasn’t just concerned with his own safety on the night, he was also concerned about Wilder’s.
Although he obviously wanted to beat the American, preferably by way of knockout, he still wanted to see him healthy and well once the 12 rounds were over.
“He was still in high spirits,” Paris added. “He was happy with what had happened. He was sick that it was put as a draw but he was happy with what he’d done - and we knew what he’d done.”
Fury’s concern for his opponent’s condition provides a stark contrast to shocking comments that Wilder made earlier this year, in which he claimed that he wants a ’body on his record’.
"I want a body on my record. I want one. I want one, I really do,” he was quoted as saying by ESPN in March. “That's the 'Bronze Bomber,' he wants one. I always tell people, when I'm in the ring, like I'm the 'Bronze Bomber’.”
Let’s hope he now realises that saying this type of thing is unacceptable - even in a sport like boxing.News Now - Sport News