Deontay Wilder boldly names Tyson Fury in his top three KOs

Deontay Wilder has raised eyebrows by naming Tyson Fury in his top three finishes and claiming he "definitely knocked his a** out".

Former heavyweight champion Wilder was asked to name the top KOs of his career and harked back to his first fight with Fury in 2018.

The thrilling bout ended in a controversial draw, with Fury dominating for large spells before Wilder landed a thunderous right-left combo in the 12 round – only for the Brit to rise from the canvas and beat the count.

The American previously claimed the referee gave Fury a let-off by counting slowly – and it appears he still has not accepted the official result of the fight.

Quizzed on his top KOs, Wilder told Marcus Watson on Instagram Live: “Coldest knockouts? There’s so many. I’m gonna give you the ones that pop out in my mind.

“Bermane Stiverne II – I transformed, I had an outer experience with him. It was so crazy. Artur Szpilka, Szpilka was another one.

“And the 12th-round knockout of Fury, because I definitely knocked his ass out…I won that fight hands down.

“Not only with me knocking him out and the ref giving him more time because he felt like it would be the right thing to do because of the type of fight that it was.

“It was a highly anticipated fight, had a lot on the line and sometimes these referees go out of their character feeling like, ‘I’mma do what’s best for the sport,’ instead of what is in the rules.

“I definitely knocked him out. The referee was Jack Reiss and if you go back and look at any of his fights, he stops a lot of fights early.


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“Sometimes they don’t even get to get up and he’s waving it off. When I knocked Fury out I literally seen it with my own self, that’s one of the reasons why I was so surprised.

“Not only with the count, but I seen this man’s eyes rolled back into his head, that’s how this s*** was. I seen his veins popping out his head and I knew he had a concussion. He was gone, that’s a wave off, period.”

Wilder and Fury faced off in a rematch 12 months ago in which the Gypsy King recorded an emphatic TKO victory to claim the WBC Heavyweight Championship.

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