TYSON FURY sensationally stopped Deontay Wilder in the seventh round of their rematch to become a world champion for a second time.
It was one-way traffic from the off as the Gypsy King stunned the long-time WBC champ – even licking his beaten man’s blood at one point.
Fury won by TKO after Wilder’s corner threw in the towel in the seventh round to stop the systematic beating – with many boxing fans believing the deposed champ was ‘concussed’.
The American was furious with the decision – but no-one inside the MGM Grand would have any arguments on a sensational night for Fury and British sport.
Even two of the judges who had come in for some stick before they had even started their night’s work gave EVERY ROUND to the Gypsy King.
The other kindly threw the second Wilder’s way.
Wilder, 34, was battered from pillar to post on a dismal night for the Bronze Bomber and was floored twice before his corner went with the sensible decision.
The Alabama man was taken to hospital after the scrap for a check-up and stitches inside his ear.
Speaking after bagging the iconic green WBC belt, Fury said: “A big shout out to Deontay Wilder. He came here tonight and he manned up and he really did show the heart of a champion.
“I hit him with a clean right that dropped him and he got back up. He is a warrior. He will be back. He will be champion again.
“But I will say, the king has returned to the top of the throne!”
The victory completes a Rocky-style comeback for Fury, who spent two-and-a-half years out the ring battling depression and ballooning up to 28st.
But now he is arguably the greatest ever British heavyweight boxer of all time.
The new champ has now been urged by Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn to skip a third scrap with Wilder and take on fellow Brit Anthony Joshua and see who is the undisputed king.
Fury’s promoter Bob Arum said that Wilder has 30 days to accept a third fight – but he can opt out of an immediate rematch and have it next year.
The legendary Top Rank boss said: “We have never seen a man of Tyson’s size have this ability.
“Ali was barely 6ft 3in and George Foreman was 6ft 4in whereas Tyson is a monster at 6ft 9in.
“We knew the best way to beat Deontay Wilder was to jump on him early and keep hurting him.
“That strategy worked, Tyson is naturally the bigger man and punches hard.”
Fury ran forward to start the fight, and started using the jab in earnest. The first scoring shot came from Wilder however with a lunging right.
But the first round was Fury’s as he mixed solid jabs, fast feet and clubbing power shots.
Wilder started the second on the front foot throwing that fearsome right hand out but Fury was undeterred as he stuck to his superior boxing skills.
And the Brit had Wilder backed up on the ropes after a beautiful right hand landed flush on the cheek.
The third round will go down in history, as Fury, 31, decked Wilder to the canvas for only the second time in his pro career.
The crowd were on their feet sensing glory was heading Fury’s way.
Wilder was on the canvas a second time in the fourth round, but referee Kenny Bayless adjudged it to be a slip.
Fury continued to dominate making Wilder look levels below the Gypsy King.
But there was no mistaking the knockdown in the fifth, as Fury send Wilder crashing down again. The only downside for Fury in that round was a point off for putting his head in.
The only surprise was how Wilder made it through the sixth, as he looked close to exhaustion.
One round later it was all over. Wilder’s ear continued to swell with blood pouring out. Fury rained in unanswered punches that left Wilder’s corner to pull their man out.
The crowd erupted one king had been deposed, and another was crowned.