People always write me off: Fury reacts to win over Wilder

Tyson Fury said he is accustomed to being written off because of his appearance after beating Deontay Wilder to win the WBC Heavyweight Championship in Las Vegas on Sunday.

Fury scored a seventh-round TKO after knocking Wilder down twice, leaving blood pouring from the Bronze Bomber’s ear.

Underestimate Fury at your peril

Wilder was on his heels early on against an aggressive Fury who came good on his promise to fight for a knockout.

“Last time I was over-trained and I was too light. I’m a man of my word, I told the world I was going for a knockout – we trained for a knockout,” Fury told BT Sport.

“People always write me off, they look at my belly and my bald head. I’ve had my problems, but he was fighting the real Gypsy King this time.”

Fury said in the ring after the fight and later on in the dressing room that he expected Wilder to ask for a rematch. Fury said that there was only one place it could take place and that was across the road from the MGM Grand Arena at the Raiders Stadium, an outdoor venue that holds 70,000.

“The spoils of war are fresh,” he said in the ring. “I need to enjoy this victory and Deontay needs time to recover. But I’m almost sure he’ll take the rematch because he’s a dynamite puncher and he can take someone out at any time.

“With that level of danger, you can always win a fight. I’m sure we’ll do it again if he wants to.

“If he doesn’t want to, I’m happy with whatever my promoters say. Whoever’s next gets the same treatment, that’s for sure.”

Wilder skipped the post-fight press conference in order to get the cut on his ear stitched up and conduct some precautionary checks with fears that the Fury right may have damaged his eardrum.

Fury gave Wilder credit for his toughness and said he expects him to become world champion again at some point in the future.

“Big shout-out to Deontay Wilder, he came here tonight, he manned up and really did show the heart of a champion,” said Fury

“I hit him with a clean right hand and dropped him and he got back up and battled on into round seven. He is a warrior, he will be back, he will be a champion again. But I will say, the king has returned to the top.” 

Wilder said in the ring that he didn’t want his corner to throw in the towel but conceded he had been well-beaten by Fury.

“The best man won tonight,” he said. “I had a lot of things going on heading into this fight. It is what it is, but I make no excuses tonight. I just wish my corner would have let me go out on my shield. I’m a warrior.

“He had a great performance and we will be back stronger. ‘Even the greatest have lost and came back, that is just part of it.”

Despite the likelihood of a rematch, Fury is expected to move on to a unification bout against fellow Brit Anthony Joshua.

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