Tyson Fury's trainer Sugar Hill Steward encouraged the world heavyweight champion to chase a stoppage in his victory over Deontay Wilder.
The 'Gypsy King' retained his world titles with a second victory over his bitter foe in Las Vegas.
And he piled on the pressure late on, to secure another stoppage with a textbook right hand closing the show.
But the 33-year-old was acting on the advice of his trainer Steward, who told him to quit "messing around" and to be ruthless late on.
"Without this man sat next to me here, SugarHill the big dog, I wouldn't have knocked him out tonight," Fury said after his victory.
"He was like to me in [rounds] nine, ten and eleven 'get this beep beep out of here! Stop messing around, the big dog gets him out late!'
"And he pushed me to knock him out, he really did."
Fury's relationship with his trainer was key to his fight preparations, where he entered the fight at his career-heaviest weight.
And the extra bulk paid off in the eleventh round, when he sent Wilder tumbling with the contest halted in the penultimate stage.
But it wasn't all plain sailing for Fury who was himself dropped twice in an explosive fourth round, which he managed to recover from.
But he out-landed his opponent for the majority of the fight, controlling the exchanges before he scored a fate-defining knockdown in the tenth round.
This was followed by the double-knockdown in the following round, with Wilder sinking into the jaws of defeat.
As a 33-year-old champion, Fury remained composed once again and delivered a historic night once again in Sin City.
But he pointed out his confident prediction pre-fight and vowed to continue to "deliver" career-best performances.
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Fury said post-fight: "I give him the glory for the victory. He’s a tough man. He took some big shots tonight. It was a great fight, as good as any trilogy in history.
"I beat him three times and I’m a sportsman and wanted to give him some love and respect. And he didn’t want to give it back. That's his problem and I pray for him.
"This was a great fight and October 9, 2021 will go down in history, I hope. I always said I was the best in the world and he was the second best. Don’t ever doubt me. When the chips are down, I will always deliver.
"And I want to say if it wasn’t for Sugar (Hill), America's and Detroit's own, I wouldn’t have gotten through that fight tonight… He told me, he said get your jab working, big guy, and throw that right hand down the middle. That's how the big dogs do it."
Fury will now be pursued by WBC mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte, who was declared next in-line to take on the 'Gypsy King'.
And Wilder faces an uncertain spell in his career, but will immediately be kept in hospital for medical observation after his crushing defeat.
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