Deontay Wilder has included his draw against Tyson Fury in his top three career knockouts.
The Bronze Bomber strangely mentioned the knockdown in the 12th round of the pair’s first fight in 2018, despite not being enough to keep The Gypsy King down.
When asked to name his best KOs, Wilder told Marcus Watson on Instagram Live: “Coldest knockouts? There’s so many.
“Bermane Stiverne II – I transformed, I had an outer experience with him. It was so crazy. Artur Szpilka, Szpilka was another one.
“And the 12th round knockout of Fury, because I definitely knocked his ass out…I won that fight hands down.”
He added: “Not only with me knocking him out and the ref giving him more time because he felt like it would be the right thing to do because of the type of fight that it was.
“It was a highly anticipated fight, had a lot on the line and sometimes these referees go out of their character feeling like, ‘I’mma do what’s best for the sport,’ instead of what is in the rules.”
Despite taking the WBC heavyweight champion off his feet twice, Wilder appeared to be outboxed for the majority of the fight, but escaped with a draw following the decisions by the judges.
He was not so fortunate in their next match however, as Fury stopped him in the seventh round last February to win the coveted championship belt.
Nearly three years on, the 35-year-old still believes the fight should have been stopped and his hand should have been raised in victory.
The former champion continued: “I definitely knocked him out. The referee was Jack Reiss and if you go back and look at any of his fights, he stops a lot of fights early.
“Sometimes they don’t even get to get up and he’s waving it off. When I knocked Fury out I literally seen it with my own self, that’s one of the reasons why I was so surprised.
“Not only with the count, but I seen this man’s eyes rolled back into his head, that’s how this s*** was.
“I seen his veins popping out his head and I knew he had a concussion. He was gone, that’s a wave off, period.”
A bare-chested Fury was denied the opportunity to face off with Wilder after the rivals engaged in an X-rated slanging match during yesterday’s press conference.
But as tempers flared, promoter Bob Arum intervened to abandon plans for another staredown.
"Get ready for war, this is going to be an amazing fight," Wilder said. "I'm wearing my red outfit so I want blood."
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Fury slammed his opponent and yelled he would be going “back to work in a fast food shop” and begged Wilder to “retire.”
He added: "Everyone is laughing at him like the weak little bit of s*** that he is. I knocked you out dosser! You are a weak man and you are getting knocked out.
"He is a lying little dosser and an insecure little s***. He has been done, beaten, busted.
The historic third fight between Fury and Wilder will take place this Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
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