Mike Tyson filmed dancing for joy after Fury’s victory
Last night, Tyson Fury defied the odds - not for the first time in his remarkable career - to bully, suffocate and ultimately stop his opponent, Deontay Wilder.
It was a sensational performance from the self-styled Gypsy King, who weighed in at a significant 273lbs last night, clearly intent on keeping his promise of knocking out the previously undefeated American.
Conventional wisdom might have informed that pursuing a knockout against the highly dangerous Wilder - himself considered arguably the biggest puncher in boxing history - was unwise, but Fury does not abide by conventional wisdom.
A supremely gifted boxer with a deep amateur pedigree and now the WBC, Lineal and Ring Magazine heavyweight champion of the world, Tyson Fury has forgotten more about boxing than most will ever know.
And so it proved last night, with an excellent game plan put together with new trainer SugarHill Steward, Fury dismantled Deontay Wilder in brutal fashion, scoring multiple knockdowns in the content before Wilder’s corner, having seen him take enough punishment, pulled him out of the fight in the seventh round.
Scenes of utter jubilation followed, with members of the Fury family - including his wife Paris - entering the ring as the new WBC world champion broke into song: a rousing rendition of Don McLean’s American Pie with the backing of 15,000 partisan fans.
Among those celebrating Fury’s win was Mike Tyson, himself a former undisputed world heavyweight champion.
Tyson Fury was named after Mike Tyson and the former bad boy of boxing has followed the Brits career keenly.
What comes next for Tyson Fury remains unclear: Deontay Wilder has the option to exercise an immediate rematch clause to fight Fury again, while fans will now be clamouring for a showdown between the Gypsy King and fellow British heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua.