Wilder played his part in an all-time great heavyweight fight at the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night, albeit one which ended when Fury knocked him out in the 11th round.
Both men were sent tumbling to the canvas in Sin City, with Wilder going down in the third before turning the tables in a dramatic fourth.
A swift right hand buckled Fury’s knees and sent him crashing to the deck, before another attack from the American dropped him for a second time.
Yet, just as it seemed momentum was beginning to shift Fury regained control from the fifth onwards – and he never looked back.
A brave and resilient Wilder was battered from pillar to post over the next seven rounds, somehow managing to last up until the 11th, when Fury closed the show with a stunning knockout.
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And the crestfallen star has been taken to the University Medical Center after his second professional defeat as a precaution.
“I did my best, but it wasn’t good enough tonight,” Wilder said.
“I’m not sure what happened. I know that in training he did certain things, and I also knew that he didn’t come in at 277 pounds to be a ballet dancer.
“He came to lean on me, try to rough me up and he succeeded.”
Wilder came into this trilogy bout with a host of questionable excuses to justify his previous defeat against Fury.
The latter revealed after his latest win that he tried to make amends with his bitter rival, who was not prepared to squash their beef.
“I beat him three times and I’m a sportsman and wanted to give him some love and respect,” Fury said.
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“And he didn’t want to give it back. That’s his problem and I pray for him.
“This was a great fight and October 9, 2021 will go down in history, I hope.
“I always said I was the best in the world and he was the second best. Don’t ever doubt me. When the chips are down, I will always deliver.”