Tyson Fury's promoter Frank Warren has revealed that the former world champion feared his legs would buckle if he rose too quickly, after being spectacularly knocked down by Deontay Wilder in their blockbuster showdown.
After months of speculation and controversy between the two colourful showmen, Fury and Wilder finally went head to head in Los Angeles last weekend.
The Gypsy King had many punters and pundits alike dreaming of another shocking victory on foreign soil - having previously bested heavyweight boxing legend Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf in 2015 - after making a bright start.
With just two minutes left in the final round, however, Fury was sent tumbling to the canvas, after his fearsome rival finally found some of the range that has seen him build his reputation as the sport's most fearsome puncher.
Despite his rivals premature celebrations, the Wythensawe-born man lay motionless on the canvas for almost the entirety of the referee's count, before making a shock return to his feet with just a single second left.
Now, speaking on the BBC's Costello and Bunce podcast, Fury's promoter Frank Warren claimed the delayed recovery was a tactical decision made out of exhaustion.
"He showed what he was made of, even the knockdown, I thought it was all over in that twelfth round.
"Afterwards we spoke about it, and he said the reason he didn't get up so quickly - he said he couldn't quite feel his legs. He didn't want to get up and stand on wobbly legs and the referee stops it.
"The referee made it quite clear before the fight, he went to both fighters' dressing rooms and said that after the count of ten - and he got up at nine - after the fighters get up they will be told to walk three paces to their right and left, and back again.
"Both of them [Fury and Wilder] had their instructions and that's what Tyson did, he had the presence of mind to do that."
Despite his stunning recovery, Fury could only manage to salvage a draw from a fight that many experts and fans alike feel he dominated for the most part.
With an even bigger rematch on the cards and a potential unification fight with Anthony Joshua on the horizon for the victor, it surely won't be long before we see both fighters back in action once again.News Now - Sport News