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Tyson Fury beats Deontay Wilder with a 11th-round TKO in classic fight

Tyson Fury beat Deontay Wilder with an 11th-round TKO Saturday night in a classic fight that included five knockdowns in the third fight between the heavyweight boxers.

Fury went down twice and Wilder went down three times in what Fury called ”a great fight.”

The bout at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas completed the trilogy between Fury and Wilder, with the first fight having ended in a split draw and Fury having won the second fight by TKO in the seventh round.

With the victory, Fury defended his WBC heavyweight world title belt and the heavyweight lineal championship. Fury improved to 31-0-1 and Wilder dropped to 42-2-1.

Fury will be eyeing a fight against the winner of the Anthony Joshua-Oleksandr Usyk rematch, expected to take place in the spring. But he might first have to fight Dillian Whyte, who on Oct. 30 fights Otto Wallin.

Celebrities at the fight Saturday night included Magic Johnson and Shaquille O’Neal and retired NFL stars Charles Woodson and Michael Strahan.

FIRST ROUND — Wilder fires two jabs. Looking active early. Now a right. Working the body. Then to the head. A different Wilder, to be sure. More jabs. Fury not throwing, just watching. Fury looks caught by surprise. Now comes Fury. And Wilder responds with more jabs. Then a big right that a misses. Two hard rights to the body. Wilder in control. Fury lands a left hook – first good shot for him in the round. A 1-2 combo from Fury. A great right by Fury, but Wilder on his feet. Wilder 10, Fury 9.

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