Tyson Fury feared he had brain damage in his classic with Deontay Wilder after he suffered concussion.
Fury and Wilder produced three modern classics as the Gypsy King emerged with two wins and a draw over his American rival. The WBC Heavyweight Champion then moved on to Dillian Whyte before he decided to hang up his gloves in April.
And Fury has now confirmed that his trilogy with Wilder was part of his decision. The Gypsy King said: “I knocked him out in round 11, but it wasn’t just hunky dory and let’s all skip back to the changing rooms.
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“I was feeling the back of my head and I had lumps on the back of my head like fists. I didn’t know if I had brain damage, I didn’t know what was up with me.
“I was very frightened because I had these massive swellings on the back of my head. I was thinking, ‘I could end up with brain damage.’ I was concussed, I didn’t remember anything.
“I suppose when you get knocked down like that you don’t remember a lot. I was thinking, ‘Did I get put down four times?’ I actually got put down twice."
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Fury had opted for one more fight in the UK before he walked away from the sweet science – and that came against Whyte.
After the bout, Fury said: “I said to Paris, ‘I’m gonna do one more fight babe, in England.’
“I felt like I needed to come back to England and have another big fight in the UK.”
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