Tyson Fury declares himself the ‘greatest heavyweight of my era’ after beating Deontay Wilder in trilogy fight

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Tyson Fury remains the WBC, Ring and Lineal heavyweight champion of the world  (Getty Images)
Tyson Fury remains the WBC, Ring and Lineal heavyweight champion of the world (Getty Images)

Tyson Fury declared himself as the greatest heavyweight boxer of an era after his stunning victory over Deontay Wilder in Saturday’s classic trilogy bout.

Fury retained his WBC, Ring and Lineal heavyweight titles on a thrilling night at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, inflicting three knockdowns on his courageous opponent but having to recover from hitting the canvas twice himself in round four.

Such a memorable victory maintained Fury’s second championship reign and decisively closed the chapter on a heated three-fight rivalry that began back in December 2018.

The self-proclaimed ‘Gypsy King’ will now no doubt have his eyes fixed on securing undisputed status, with Anthony Joshua set to rematch new WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO champion Oleksandr Usyk in early spring 2022, but he already believes he is the best heavyweight of this generation without that title.

Asked by BT Sport if he thought he had now made the step up from world champion to a boxing great, Fury replied: “100 per cent. Am I the greatest heavyweight of my era? Without a doubt.

“Number one, numero uno. Look what I’ve done, I’ve come to America in my last six fights, I’ve fought the most devastating puncher in the history of our sport not once, not twice but three times. Danger, danger man.”

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