Tyson Fury hasn’t ruled out taking on Anthony Joshua in his next fight, but insisted that ultimately the ball is in Deontay Wilder’s court. The ‘Gypsy King’ dominated Wilder in Las Vegas on Saturday night, winning the highly anticipated rematch by knockout.
Fury won the fight by stoppage in the seventh round, after knocking down the reigning champion two times throughout the fight.
Wilder appeared to lose his balance after an apparent burst eardrum.
Fury inflicted the early injury to Wilder after landing an excellent right hook shot in the third round, which was key to his victory.
After the fight, Fury was asked whether Joshua is next in line, and the new WBC champ didn’t want to be drawn into early speculation.
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Ultimately, Wilder can decide whether he wants a rematch with Fury, to round off a trilogy between the two heavyweights.
A clause was included in the contract of the fight that both fighters could demand a rematch if they lost.
But, Fury is expecting Wilder to take his time before announcing whether he wants a rematch.
The ‘Bronze Bomber’ is likely to reflect on his first-ever defeat.
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“I want to enjoy the spoils of war first and my after-fight party at Hakkasan,” said Fury, when asked about a Joshua fight.
“The Gypsy King is taking over. Deontay Wilder will need time to recover.
“I think he will want to take the rematch, so I’m pretty sure we will do it again.
“If not, these are the people [his promoters] who will decide, and whatever they want to do against whoever.”
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Fury beat Wilder after the defending champion’s corner threw in the towel.
The Brit surprised Wilder from the outset, after coming out on the front foot.
Wilder never really made his impact in the fight, while Fury landed a number of key blows; with the most important one coming in the third round.
The hook shout appeared to burst Wilder’s eardrum, causing blood to stream from his ear for the remainder of the fight.
Wilder was subsequently seen relying on the ropes for a number of rounds, after losing his balance.
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In the seventh round, Fury landed another jab straight into the face of Wilder, and the American’s corner decided to throw in the towel.
The defeat ends Wilder’s seven-year reign as WBC heavyweight world champion.
It was also the American’s 11th title defence, and would ultimately be his last.
Wilder has now lost one match in 44, and is only his third ever fight that wasn’t a victory by knockout.
Meanwhile, Fury’s record moves to 30 wins, 0 losses, and one draw – although that draw will always have an asterisk next to it.
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