‘The best of our era!’: Tyson Fury is hailed as the world’s undoubted No 1 heavyweight boxer by Frank Warren as the tributes pour in… and even bitter rival Eddie Hearn talks up the Gypsy King’s ‘big balls’!
- Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson also paid tribute to both men after an epic contest
Frank Warren and Eddie Hearn led the tributes to Tyson Fury after his epic 11th-round victory over Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas.
Wilder was looking to win back the WBC belt that had been taken from him in the pair’s second fight back in February 2020 and was knocked to the canvas in the third round before delivering a stunning reply with two knockdowns of his own in the fourth.
However, just as he did in their first bout, Fury showed remarkable resilience to back up and keep going, with The Gypsy King wearing his opponent out and sending Wilder down in the 10th round before delivering the knockout blow.
Tyson Fury defended his WBC and Ring Magazine belts after knocking out Deontay Wilder
Fury was knocked to the canvas twice in the fourth round before ending the fight in the 11th
Speaking to Steve Bunce after the fight, Fury was asked whether he made that step from a champion to a great.
‘100%,’ the 33-year-old replied. ‘I know I’m the greatest heavyweight of my era, without doubt. Number one.
‘Look what I’ve done: I came to America in my last six fights, I fought the most devastating puncher in the history of our sport, not once, not twice, but three times.’
Warren, Fury’s promoter, proudly claimed in the aftermath that Fury was ‘THE BEST HEAVYWEIGHT OF OUR ERA!’, with rival Hearn, who represents Anthony Joshua, offering his congratulations, saying: ‘Great fight! Big balls from both!’
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson paid tribute to both men after an all-time classic contest at the T-Mobile Arena.
‘That was one of the greatest fights I’ve ever seen. #1 [v] #2. And #1 is undefeated going in.
‘Congrats to my friend and champion @Tyson_Fury. What a beautiful and resilient performance.
‘What a “on the shield” heart @BronzeBomber has. I was inspired by both men tonight #FuryWilder3’.
Piers Morgan wrote: ‘What. A. Fight. Two absolute warriors with hearts of a gazillion lions.
‘Congrats Champ @Tyson_Fury on a magnificent win – I thought you were done in the 4th, but you’re never done.
‘And huge credit to @BronzeBomber – unbelievable guts right to the end. An epic battle.’
Michael Owen also had his say, tweeting: ‘What a fight. @Tyson_Fury talks the talk and walks the walk. Absolute legend with the heart of a lion’.