It all came down to one night in Las Vegas, and Tyson Fury duly delivered.
The Gypsy King has beaten Deontay Wilder for the second straight time while retaining his WBC and The Ring heavyweight titles, despite being dropped to the canvas on more than one occasion.
It may have taken a while for this fight to come to fruition, but boy was it worth the wait.
Wilder looked like he was ready to attack from the very first bell, but it was he who hit the mat first, falling in round three, leading to most expecting a routine win for the Brit. However, one round later, it all changed.
The American hit back and managed to drop Fury not once, but twice in one round.
Despite this, it was the Gypsy King who showed his true class, and after dropping Wilder a second time in the 10th, he finished him off for good in the 11th.
Not only did Fury maintain his unbeaten status as a professional boxer, but he now has the opportunity to potentially fight Oleksandr Usyk next for the four other titles that the Ukrainian took from Anthony Joshua not long ago.
Essentially, Tyson Fury is now firmly on a mission to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, and his victory in Las Vegas reminded boxing fans across the globe that the Gypsy King still means business, despite having not fought for almost two years.
In an interview with the MMA hour before the fight, Fury spoke on how he simply cannot accept defeat, no matter the circumstances, and that's probably how he managed to pick himself up TWICE in round for.
“Acceptance is a hard thing because nobody wants to accept the truth.
“When I was an alcoholic, I didn’t want to be told I was an alcoholic. I didn’t want to be told I’m a fat bastard. I was just happy being that. It’s almost like this little game in your own head where you don’t want to know the truth even though you do know the truth.
“I always knew I was a fat bastard. I knew I was addicted to alcohol but I didn’t want it pushed in my face.
“The moment that I accepted that I had to change and I had to get help and stop what I was doing, that’s the moment I could step away from it all and start again.”
With a resounding 30-0-1 record, Fury now has his sights set on claiming the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles.
Is a bout with Usyk the next move for the Gypsy King? Or will he push for the Battle for Britain against AJ?
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