Tyson Fury had promised to inflict the first defeat of Deontay Wilder's career and recapture heavyweight gold having previously held the WBA (Super), WBO, IBF, IBO and The Ring titles, and was as good as his word on a memorable night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The 31-year-old had felt hard done by when his first bout with Wilder in December 2018 had been scored a draw and was determined to make sure the judges wouldn't be required as he went on the offensive from the very first bell. Wilder struggled to cope with Fury's bullying tactics and it was no surprise when the 'Bronze Bomber' was put on the canvas in the third round following a clubbing right hand.
The American never really recovered from being put down, his left ear bleeding heavily from that point on, and Fury recorded the second knockdown of the fight in the fifth round when a bodyshot crumpled his opponent. With Fury well on top, Wilder's corner decided to throw in the towel in the seventh round with the 34-year-old having got himself into trouble when trapped in the corner.
Wilder was upset by the decision of his camp to stop the fight, claiming he felt he could have continued, while Fury marked his victory by belting out a version of 'American Pie', much to the delight of his travelling fans in attendance. Fury says he's prepared to grant Wilder a rematch, believing he would beat him again having proven his quality and silenced any remaining doubters.
Fury told BT Sport Box Office: 'I told everybody with a pair of ears that the Gypsy King would return to the throne. My last fight everybody wrote me off. I was underweight and over-trained. I'm a destroyer. Not bad for someone with pillow fists.
'I'm a man of my word. I told Wilder, his team, the world. We trained for a knockout; we wasn't tapping around in that gym.
'I talk like this because I can back it up. People write me off, they look at my fat belly and bald head and think I can't fight. He fought the best Tyson Fury, we're both in our primes.
'I expect him to ask for the third fight. I know he's a warrior and I'll be waiting.'
'For me, we should go straight into AJ v Fury next. No one wants to see a third fight [between Fury and Wilder],' Hearn told Sky Sports.