TYSON FURY sensationally stopped Deontay Wilder in the seventh round of their rematch to become a world champion for a second time.
It was one-way traffic from the off as the Gypsy King stunned the long-time WBC champ – even licking his beaten man’s blood at one point.
Wilder’s corner threw in the towel in the seventh round to stop the systematic beating – with many boxing fans believing the deposed champ was ‘concussed’.
The American was furious with the decision – but no-one inside the MGM Grand would have any arguments on a sensational night for Fury and British sport.
Even the judges who had come in for some stick before they had even started their night’s work gave EVERY ROUND to the Gypsy King.
Wilder, 34, was battered from pillar to post on a dismal night for the Bronze Bomber and was floored twice before his corner went with the sensible decision.
The Alabama man was taken to hospital after the scrap.
Speaking after bagging the iconic green WBC belt, Fury said: “A big shout out to Deontay Wilder. He came here tonight and he manned up and he really did show the heart of a champion.
“I hit him with a clean right that dropped him and he got back up. He is a warrior. He will be back. He will be champion again.
“But I will say, the king has returned to the top of the throne!”
The victory completes a Rocky-style comeback for Fury, who spent two-and-a-half years out the ring battling depression and ballooning up to 27st.
But now he is arguably the greatest ever British heavyweight boxer of all time.
The new champ has now been urged by Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn to skip a third scrap with Wilder and take on fellow Brit Anthony Joshua and see who is the undisputed king.
Fury’s promoter Bob Arum said that Wilder has 30 days to accept a third fight – but he can opt out of an immediate rematch and have it next year.
The legendary Top Rank boss said: “We have never seen a man of Tyson’s size have this ability.
“Ali was barely 6ft 3in and George Foreman was 6ft 4in whereas Tyson is a monster at 6ft 9in.
“We knew the best way to beat Deontay Wilder was to jump on him early and keep hurting him.
“That strategy worked, Tyson is naturally the bigger man and punches hard.”
Fury ran forward to start the fight, and started using the jab in earnest. The first scoring shot came from Wilder however with a lunging right.
But the first round was Fury’s as he mixed solid jabs, fast feet and clubbing power shots.
Wilder started the second on the front foot throwing that fearsome right hand out but Fury was undeterred as he stuck to his superior boxing skills.
And the Brit had Wilder backed up on the ropes after a beautiful right hand landed flush on the cheek.
The third round will go down in history, as Fury, 31, decked Wilder to the canvas for only the second time in his pro career.
The crowd were on their feet sensing glory was heading Fury’s way.
FURY’S CROWNING MOMENT – ROUND BY ROUND
By Wally Downes in Las Vegas
”We are Sparta” Fury roared as he left the dressing room flanked by his security guard, brothers and corner team.
Dressed like a Poundland king, complete with Burger King crown, he was carried out on a throne pushed along by beautiful women dressed as very glamorous gladiators.
The song the avid mental health campaigner emerged to was Crazy by Patsy Cline, the lyrics alone were starting to worry some people.
In the starkest possible contrast, Wilder made his ring walk looking like Teenage Mutant Turtles enemy Shredder had been dragged through a diamond mine and was fuming about it.
Fury kept to all of his promises, he dashed across the ring and threw close to a dozen big right hands and lead left hooks.
Wilder warned him off with two of his won but the Brit dominated the rounds and always made the champ box on the backfoot where he is least comfortable with.It was a dream start.
Even Fury’s jab was spiteful, Wilder had his head jolted back by one of the stiffest he has ever thrown as soon as the second started.
But the American fired off two rights that calmed the crowd that had begun singing the challenger’s name and abusing Wilder with cries of “You Big Dosser”
Both men landed firm one-two straight combinations and Fury ended the stanza well on top, barrelling Wilder into the corner and wrestling him briefly.
Fury kept it up as the third started, Wilder had almost never looked so vulnerable.
A looping Firy right hook had the one-sided crowd going again, all of Fury’s doubters were eating their words.
And he smashed him to the floor in round three, it was amazing.
A jab and right hand to the temple dropped Wilder to the deck. His senses were scrambled and he was back on the canvas seconds
Ref kenny Bayless called it a slip but he was still stunned from the Fury masterclass and rocking all over the MGM
Fury started the round well with a right uppercut on the inside but Bayless split up the grappling again.
A hapless Wilder was back down again in the fourth but it was called another slip, this was Bambi On Ice, a deer to the slaughter.
Yes he was unbalanced as he skated aimlessly around the ring but he was also battered and bruised and in too deep. Wilder still in a fog, his skinny legs betraying him.
One late right hand in the session reminded Fury of the danger but he was still so groggy from going down that it was an off-balance lunge more than a trademark punch.
Fury roared out again in sensational style, landing a big right hand. Wilder was totally defenceless, it was almost unfair, this terrifying champion was being slaughtered.
And he was dropped again with a perfect left hook to the body, the drowning champ beat the count easily but he was spent.
Fury was now toying with his food, leaning all over him and pummelling him so freely. Wilder was a ghost.
The Gypsy King was old-manning the beast three years his senior then Bayless warned Fury over holding and leaning over his prey.
Another instant serving of Fury genius, Wilder back on the ropes getting slapped and mauled and manhandled but the three stone stronger.
Fury had every right to chill out, to get on his bike and score points from afar, he could have coasted. Instead he was relentless, nasty, sensational.
The shot that ended the round was another Fury left hook that had Wilder using the ropes to hold himself up almost tragically.
In the break, before the seventh, you could see how horribly Wilder’s ear had swelled from a right clouting.
Trainer Jay Deas was surely warning him he was close to being pulled out of his one-sided hammering.
One chopping Wilder right grazed Fury’s shaved head but that scorching power had now vanished.
Wilder was then pulled out, the white towel of surrender hurled in soaked in Wilder’s blood.
The place erupted. It was magnificent.
Wilder and all of Fury’s doubters were battered from pillar to post.
Wilder’s team were left nursing a man with a string of injuries from the same man he had constantly accused of being pillow fisted.
It was everything Fury had promised and so much more.
Wilder was on the canvas a second time in the fourth round, but referee Kenny Bayless adjudged it to be a slip.
Fury continued to dominate making Wilder look levels below the Gypsy King.
But there was no mistaking the knockdown in the fifth, as Fury send Wilder crashing down again. The only downside for Fury in that round was a point off for putting his head in.
The only surprise was how Wilder made it through the sixth, as he looked close to exhaustion.
One round later it was all over.
Wilder’s ear continued to swell with blood pouring out. Fury rained in unanswered punches that left Wilder’s corner to pull their man out.
The crowd erupted one king had been deposed, and another was crowned.
Back in December 2018 Fury was floored twice but outboxed Wilder over the 12 rounds as the judges scored it a draw.
But this rematch couldn’t have been any clearer.
The two boxers were expected to have a trilogy fight but Wilder and his team will need to have a serious think about whether it is worth it after this sensational beat-down.