TYSON FURY KNOCKS OUT WILDER IN 11TH ROUND TO RETAIN WBC HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE

Tyson Fury bounced back from two knockdowns in one round to stop Deontay Wilder and retain his WBC world heavyweight title in a dramatic trilogy fight in Las Vegas in the early hours of Sunday.

Fury put Wilder down in round three of a thrilling contest, but the ‘Bronze Bomber’ fought back admirably to secure two knockdowns in the fourth at T-Mobile Arena.

However, Fury took control of a thrilling bout from there, sending an exhausted but courageous Wilder to the canvas again in round 10 before delivering an emphatic finish with a big right hand in the 11th.

In an underwhelming chief support act, Cuba’s Frank Sanchez maintained his unbeaten record and kept the WBC Continental Americas and WBO-NABO heavyweight titles with a dominant unanimous decision win over the big-punching Efe Ajagba, who suffered his first professional loss.

In a rematch of one of the biggest upsets of 2020, two-time European heavyweight champion Robert Helenius followed up his shock knockout of Adam Kownacki with a relentless one-sided beatdown that was ended in round six after the latter was disqualified for repeated low blows.

Two-time US national champion Jared ‘Big Baby’ Anderson also produced an emphatic second-round stoppage of Russia’s Vladimir Tereshkin to collect the junior NABF heavyweight title.

In the prelims, highly-rated super-middleweight Edgar Berlanga withstood a shock knockdown to outpoint the experienced Marcelo Esteban Coceres and claim the vacant NABO belt.

However, there was a big upset early on as former unified light-middleweight world champion Julian Williams lost a decision after a gruelling bout with Mexico’s Vladimir Hernandez.

The earliest portion of the fight card brought a victory for two-time Olympic champion Robeisy Ramirez against Orlando Gonzalez, while Bruce Carrington won on his professional debut against Cesar Cantu and Viktor Vykhryst stopped Mike Marshall.

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