“The king has returned to the top of the throne,” said Fury, nicknamed the Gypsy King, before the Englishman urged the crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to join him in a rendition of Don McLean’s “American Pie.”
Fury (30-0-1, 21 knockouts) recorded two knockdowns, including in Round 3, when he landed a right to the head that had Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) bleeding profusely from his ear.
That blow left Wilder wobbly through the remainder of the fight, and Fury, who weighed in at 273 pounds — 19 pounds heavier than when the two first fought at Staples Center Dec. 1, 2018 — capitalized again with a fifth-round knockdown in front of a star-studded crowd.
Wilder came in at 231 pounds, well above the 213 he carried in the initial fight in which he knocked Fury down twice, including in the 12th and final round, setting up a rematch that became the highest grossing in terms of revenue generated by ticket sales in the state of Nevada.
In a stunning turn of events, Wilder’s power was nowhere to be found, particularly after the damage to his ear, perhaps from a ruptured eardrum. Wilder’s balance and footwork were never the same after that blow from Fury, rendering Wilder’s normally devastating right hand useless.
“The best man won tonight,” Wilder said. “I make no excuses tonight. This is what big-time boxing is all about. The best must fight the best.”
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