Tyson Fury claimed the 30th win of his career on Saturday night in Las Vegas, but maybe it was his most significant.
The Gypsy King destroyed Deontay Wilder, forcing the American’s team to throw in the towel in the seventh round.
Fury had utterly dominated Wilder from the outset and the long-reigning WBC champion couldn’t muster any kind of response to Fury’s waves of attacks.
Before the fight, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis were honoured in the ring by the WBC.
The MGM Grand looked on as Tyson and Holyfield had a warmer embrace than one might expect considering the former bit the latter’s ear off.
Still, it was fitting that Tyson was in attendance to watch a man who was named after him go for the WBC heavyweight title.
When Fury finally sealed the deal in that seventh round, BT Sport cameras caught Tyson’s fantastic reaction to the result:
Fury has made no secret of what an inspiration Tyson is to him and he appeared on the boxing legend’s podcast late last year.
Before the fight, Tyson admitted he was a fan of Fury and for obvious reasons.
“I always root for him because he was named after me,” the youngest heavyweight champion in history said.
“That’s the natural thing to do, right? I’m biased towards him.
“I don’t care how hard you punch, it’s hard to beat somebody who doesn’t wanna quit.
“It’s gonna be a really, really interesting fight and both guys have something to prove.
“I just wish the best for Tyson Fury, I’m always a Tyson fan.”
The future is anything Fury wants it to be right now. He said after the fight that he expects Wilder to invoke the rematch clause in their contract to set up their trilogy.
However, Eddie Hearn has already stated that he wants to make an undisputed fight with fellow world champion Anthony Joshua this year.