Tyson Fury's win over Deontay Wilder is the greatest moment in British boxing history

Tyson Fury - the new WBC heavyweight champion!

Tyson Fury's seventh round TKO victory over Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas was a fight that comes around once a generation.

British boxing has been littered with iconic moments, but topping February 22, 2020 in the historic MGM Grand is nigh on impossible.

'Where were you when the Gypsy King made the seemingly unstoppable Wilder look like a timid kitten?'. That's a question now etched into the rich tapestry of boxing history.

I was lucky enough to be there on behalf of GIVEMESPORT and the sound of 17,000 willing on Fury in the MGM Grand Arena is something you can simply never, ever forget.

YouTube sensation Joe Weller summed it up perfectly by saying in my ear next to me: "This feels like watching England win the World Cup!"

It was that kind of night.

'Indecision' was the name of the game in the build-up to the fight. The likes of Lennox Lewis, Frank Warren and Joseph Parker were siding with Fury, while David Haye confidently backed the power of the Bronze Bomber.

Warren's prediction of a Fury stoppage victory in the latter rounds of the night appeared to be a blind show of faith in his man, but the legendary promoter was bang on the money.

After the weigh-in, conversations in bars quickly focused on Fury's weight, he'd only even been heavier going into a bout on one other occasion - his comeback fight against Sefer Seferi.

Fury at the weigh-in

Then there was fears over that cut re-opening, understandable pessimism had a number of British journalists - myself included - fearing the worst for Fury and backing Wilder to do the business.

Oh how gloriously wrong we all were.

Charles Martin's brutal knockout win over Gerald Washington set the mood up perfectly for the finale, before Lewis, Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield all strode into the ring to further galvanise the already bouncing atmosphere.

Moments later, we were all treated to undoubtedly the greatest ring walk of modern times.

We were forewarned by those close to the Fury camp to expect something special, but the Gypsy King arriving dressed as a king sitting atop a throne surpassed every expectation.

Fury emerges as the king

The Bronze Bomber played his part too, strolling to the ring in in an outfit befitting of any horror-movie villain.

But after the first bell, the American knockout artist went from a fearsome villain to a wide-eyed man coming to terms with the fact that he was in danger.

Watching Fury stride forward and set the tone - like him and his team had said he would do - was truly a sight to behold.

Power punches rained down from a man usually synonymous with slick, intelligent boxing, this was a man possessed and determined to bring a seemingly immovable object to his knees.

He did just that in the third.

Fury knocks down Wilder

Fury admitted in the post-fight press conference that he was annoyed he couldn't deliver on knocking Wilder out in the second, but he delivered the fight's decisive moment shortly after his round prediction.

Seeing a towering, muscle-bound champion - who has bullied fighters for so many years - crash to the canvas, wow, it's a moment I will replay in my head 20 years from now.

Another knockdown followed before the end of the round, but despite watching a dazed Wilder swing punches in what felt like slow-motion, everyone remained cautious.

Every time he threw that infamous right, you felt the entire crowd grimace.

He certainly got through on a number of occasions as well, with Fury bearing a serious battle scar on his left temple, a bump that for us mere mortals would be agonising.

Fury goes for Wilder

But the Gypsy King's brutality had drained the superhuman power out of Wilder, he was now just your average puncher in a situation he had never been in before.

How he remained standing all the way up until the seventh round is testament to the elite sportsman he is.

Blood was pouring from his ear and mouth, he'd virtually bent in half by body shots and was displaying the scared look of a child, but Wilder somehow stayed vertical.

The towel eventually came in and make no mistake about it, it was the correct call.

Wilder's head trainer, Jay Deas and the Bronze Bomber himself have both questioned the decision to do so by Mark Breland, but the assistant trainer was spot on.

Fury pins Wilder on the ropes

The American was staring down the barrel of serious injury. Yes he's a warrior, but his health always has to be put first.

Think of your favourite football team scoring a 95th-minute winner, that was the reaction of the hordes punters dotted around the MGM Grand Arena as the white towel skidded across the canvas.

In that moment, heavyweight and British boxing had been changed forever.

You just didn't know what to do with yourself, you were questioning whether what just unfolded 30m away was actually reality.

Thankfully, it was.

Fury with the belts

Boxing is an entertainment business and its most charismatic figure is now able to not just bamboozle opponents - he can send spectators into raptures with devastating power.

Only Anthony Joshua can stop the speeding juggernaut that is the new WBC heavyweight champion - and possibly Great Britain's finest ever - Tyson Fury!

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