‘The story of the heavyweight division right now is pedigree’ – Lennox Lewis

The fight ended with an 11th-round knockout and came after both men had been floored on multiple occasions across the gruelling bout.

It was a contest for the ages and came just two weeks after Oleksandr Usyk stunned Anthony Joshua in London to claim the IBF, WBA and WBO belts, and the last undisputed champion of the division talked up the quality of the heavyweight boxing scene.

As such, Lewis, who rose to the summit of his sport by beating Evander Holyfield in 1999 by a unanimous decision, placed Fury’s triumph within a broader context.

“The story of the heavyweight division right now is pedigree,” Lewis tweeted. “Big up to Tyson Fury on a great win.”

Few gave Wilder any chance of reversing the result that saw him lose his title 20 months ago, when he was left bloodied and broken following a savage beating from Fury, but the American was new and improved under trainer Malik Scott.

The fight only happened due to a United States arbitrator, which put the prospect of an all-British showdown between Fury and Joshua on hold, but a memorable contest occurred with five knockdowns produced.

While Wilder was the first to be put down in the third, the former champion hit back to put Fury on the canvas twice in the fourth but the Mancunian survived and took control before referee Russell Mora brought it to a close in the 11th after the Alabaman was knocked down for a third time.

“I am very proud, super proud,” Fury‘s trainer SugarHill Steward told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“An extraordinary fight, a very historic fight for both men. For Deontay Wilder to show his toughness, courage and everything. And for Tyson Fury being the big dog and coming out on top.

“Was I worried at any point? No. Of course it gets rough and you have to dig deep, change gears and get going.”

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