Tyson Fury has revealed what his trainer SugarHill Steward told him before he knocked out Deontay Wilder to retain his WBC world heavyweight title.
Fury, fighting Wilder for the third time, made a strong start to the trilogy fight in Las Vegas, sending the American to the canvas in the third round.
But Wilder responded brilliantly and twice knocked down Fury in the fourth round, with his big right-hand threatening to cause an upset at the T-Mobile Arena.
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Fury showed his class to stop Wilder’s momentum, however, and gradually wore the 35-year-old down before knocking him down in the tenth, and knocking him out in the 11th.
The unbeaten Brit paid tribute to his trainer, SugarHill Steward, after the win and revealed how he inspired his late knockout.
‘I need to thank my trainer,’ Fury said. ‘Without this man I wouldn’t have knocked him out.
‘In [rounds] nine, 10 and 11, he was going, “get this guy out of here… stop messing around. The big dogs pull it out late on.” Sugar pushed me to knock him out, he really did.
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Fury added: ‘I want to say thank you to my lord and saviour Jesus Christ. I give him the glory he gives me the victory.
‘I was down a couple of times, I was hurt, Wilder is a strong puncher.
‘It was a great fight tonight. I will not make any excuses, Wilder is a top fighter, he gave me a run for my money. I always say I am the best fighter in the world and he is the second best.
‘Don’t ever doubt me. When the chips are down I can always deliver.’
Former British heavyweight champion David Haye was ringside for Fury’s win and hailed his compatriot, who is now unbeaten from 32 professional fights.
‘He did exactly what he needed to do, he was fighting a different person tonight and he adjusted accordingly, he took his licks and got back up,’ Haye said.
‘It was a great performance, the guy had a massive punch with 41 knockouts. He took that knockout punch on the button and got back up.
‘I thought if Wilder had his right hand then it would have been enough to keep Fury down. The problem was Wilder didn’t have that technique to put clusters of them together and really hurt Fury.’
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