WBC holder, Tyson Fury has said he is the “greatest heavyweight of my era” after defending his WBC crown in a classic victory over Deontay Wilder.

The 33-year-old knocked out Wilder in the 11th round after twice being knocked down himself in what was a thrilling third meeting between the pair.

Before the game, there were heated exchanges as expected were both fighters goaded one another in a vicious war of words.

“I have proved time and again that I can never be written off. I didn’t have my best performance but I pulled it out of the bag when it needed to be done.

“I am the greatest heavyweight champion of my era, without a doubt. Number one. If you play with fire long enough you will get burned.”

The first fight in 2018 finished in a controversial draw. Tyson then won the second by technical knockout in round seven 20 months ago.

After inflicting handing Wilder the second loss of his career on Saturday night, Fury said the American did not want to engage with him afterward and promptly left the arena.

“I went over and said well done and he said he didn’t want to show any sportsmanship or respect. Very surprised by that. He’s an idiot.

“I pray for him. I am thankful that we all get out of the fight in one piece and get to go to our families,” said Fury.

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