Deontay Wilder is taken to hospital after being knocked down THREE TIMES in an empathic defeat to Tyson Fury… but the Bronze Bomber is ‘OK’ and won’t be staying overnight
The American put in a valiant performance and showed the heart of a warrior but was knocked down on three occasions in a fight of the year contender.
The bout was waved off immediately by referee Russell Mora after Wilder was heavily floored for a third and final time in the 11th round, with the Bronze Bomber then swiftly exiting the ring while Fury entertained the Vegas crowd.
Deontay Wilder has been taken to hospital after suffering a knockout defeat to Tyson Fury
The American was knocked out in the 11th round during their scintillating trilogy bout
Wilder suffered his second straight defeat to the Brit, who retained his WBC strap with the victory, and the American will now undergo precautionary tests in hospital.
The 35-year-old will not be kept overnight, however, with his manager Shelly Finkel insisting Wilder is in good health.
Boxing journalist Dan Rafael tweeted: ‘Was texting with Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel.
‘Said Deontay is OK and won’t be staying overnight at the hospital.’
Wilder himself did speak after the fight, insisting he wasn’t sure what went wrong, though admitting his best simply wasn’t good enough on the night.
‘I did my best, but it wasn’t good enough tonight,’ he said. ‘I’m not sure what happened. I know that in training he did certain things, and I also knew that he didn’t come in at 277 pounds to be a ballet dancer.
‘He came to lean on me, try to rough me up and he succeeded.’
Wilder received medical attention in his corner immediately after being knocked out
The Bronze Bomber has since admitted his best wasn’t good enough on the night
That’s despite having his opponent down twice in a jaw-dropping fourth round in Vegas
Though being emphatically stopped once more, Wilder has been praised for his brave and highly competitive performance.
The American started quick in the first round, utilising the jab to the body – a punch not seen in his rematch defeat in February last year – as he took the fight to the Gypsy King early on.
The tide had changed by the third round as Wilder was put to the floor for the first time, with the Bronze Bomber showing the same look of fatigue seen for much of their outing last year.
His vicious right hand was on show once more in the fourth, however, as he floored Fury twice, with the Gypsy King on unsteady legs and his status as WBC champion in serious jeopardy.
Fury showed his remarkable powers of recovery once again, immediately regaining the upper hand before steadily tiring his American counterpart, knocking Wilder down in the 10th and finally ending the contest in the 11th.
Though the trilogy has well and truly now been put to bed, there was still bad blood after the final bell, with Fury branding Wilder a sore loser.
Fury celebrated alongside his family and team after retaining his WBC heavyweight belt
Fury and his trainer Sugar Hill Steward (left) gave their immediate reaction to the fight
Fury said: ‘I said ‘well done, mate’ and he said ‘I don’t want to show any sportsmanship or respect.’ I said ‘No problem.’ I was very surprised. Sore loser. Idiot.’
He later added in a BT Sport interview: ‘I’m a sportsman. I went over to (Wilder to) show some love and respect and he didn’t want to show it back. So I pray for him.’
Fury later said in his press conference: ‘How can you say I’ve cheated when you know in your own heart and your whole team knows you got beat fair and square?
‘It’s a sore loser in boxing. He’s not the first one and he won’t be the last one. But I’ve acted like a gentleman throughout my career and that’s all I can do as a man.’