Tyson Luke Fury, an Irish/British professional stopped Deontay Wilder in the seventh round of their heavyweight rematch in Las Vegas Saturday to claim the WBC version of the world title.

Fury dominated from the start of the bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, knocking down his US opponent in the third and fifth rounds before Wilder’s corner threw in the towel to spare their man further punishment.

it was the first defeat in 44 fights for Wilder, while Fury remains unbeaten after 31 bouts, with one draw from their previous bout in December 2018.

Fury, nicknamed the Gypsy King because of his Irish Traveler background, celebrated after the fight with a rendition of Don McLean’s American Pie to the delight of his large following.

While not quite living up to his pre-fight prediction of a second-round knockout, Fury had outboxed his opponent, landing heavy blows from the opening bell with little coming in return from a well-beaten Wilder.

In a brief interview shortly after the match, fury poured encomiums on Wilder for his track record but clearly stated that the king has returned to the top of the throne.

Fury speaks:

“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!”

Wilder speaks:

The former champion is gracious in defeat:

“I’m doing good. Things like this happen. The best man won tonight, but my corner threw in the towel and I was ready to go out on my shield. I had a lot of things going on heading into this fight. It is what it is, but I make no excuses tonight. I just wish my corner would have let me go out on my shield. I’m a warrior. He had a great performance and we will be back stronger.

“Even the greatest have lost and came back, that is just part of it. You just take it for what it is. I can make no excuses tonight. I had a lot of complications. But we’ll come back stronger next time around. This is what big-time boxing is all about, the best must fight the best. I appreciate all the fans that came out and supported the show, and I hope that everyone gets home safely.”