Englishman Tyson Fury has handed Deontay Wilder the first loss of his professional career, claiming the WBC heavyweight title with a seventh-round technical knockout.
Fight referee Kenny Bayless was recognising a request from Wilder’s camp, who literally threw in the towel with their man pinned on the opposite corner and unable to defend himself against a combination from his English opponent.
Fury had sent Wilder to the canvas with a devastating shot in the third round, with the American wobbly on his feet once he did get back up after a six or seven count.
Wilder hit the mat again in the fourth, but he had merely slipped. That was not the case in the next round, when Fury landed a furious, left-handed head-body combination that sent Wilder down again.
Bayless took a point off Fury later in the round for an infraction, meaning it was likely a 9-8 win for the Mancunian, and Wilder returned to his corner with blood coming from his mouth and left ear.
The sixth round was less eventful, but no doubt won by Fury as he pinned the struggling American against the ropes for most of the three minutes.
Wilder, who entered the fight with 42 wins and a draw from 43 professional bouts, was barely defending himself in the seventh round when the towel was thrown into the ring.
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