Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder have both been congratulated by Conor McGregor for their heavyweight thriller last weekend. The pair, 31 and 34 respectively, went toe-to-toe for the WBC heavyweight title in the early hours of Sunday morning in front of a sold-out crowd at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Wilder vs Fury 2 well and truly lived up to its billing, with the pair trading heavy leather from the outset.
Britain’s Fury came out of the contest victorious, scoring a seventh-round TKO win – which came courtesy of Wilder’s corner throwing in the towel.
The pair’s second meeting is still very much the talk of the sporting world, with many still in awe of Fury staying true to his word and attacking the hardest-hitting heavyweight since Mike Tyson head-on.
McGregor, whose Proper No.12 Whiskey was one of the main sponsors for the fight, was among those thoroughly impressed by the contest.
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I look forward to seeing you both compete again
Conor McGregor’s message to Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder
And in a lengthy Instagram post, in which he also revealed his pride at having his whiskey emblazoned across the ring on fight night, the former two-division UFC champion hailed the pair for their respective performances.
“Still in awe of this!” McGregor wrote alongside a picture of the ring at MGM Grand Garden. “How glorious is that logo! Commanding!
“What a whiskey! The number 1 Irish whiskey on the market! Wow!
“I wonder am I in a dream? Sometimes I am not sure, but what I am sure is that I am honoured to be in a position to give back and help the sports that I love and all the great people involved.
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“Great fight this weekend men! Thank you @gypsyking101 and @bronzebomber for the fight and for your commitment to our entertainment.
“I look forward to seeing you both compete again. Be it against each other or others. Two amazing heavyweight boxers. Well done!”
Victory in Las Vegas saw Fury end Wilder’s five-year reign atop of the WBC heavyweight rankings and become a two-time champion.
Wilder intends to exercise a release clause placed in his contract to rematch ‘The Gypsy King’, which he has until March 23 to activate.
‘The Bronze Bomber’ was furious with the decision of his trainer Mark Breland to throw in the towel, so much so he’s reportedly relieved him of his duties.
Wilder lamented Breland’s decision in an interview with Yahoo Sports, saying: “I am upset with Mark for the simple fact that we’ve talked about this many times and it’s not emotional. It is not an emotional thing, it’s a principle thing. We’ve talked about this situation many, many years before this even happened.
“I said, ‘As a warrior, as a champion, as a leader, as a ruler, I want to go out on my shield.’ If I’m talking about going in and killing a man, I respect the same way. I abide by the same principle of receiving.
“So I told my team to never, ever, no matter what it may look like, to never throw the towel in with me because I’m a special kind. I still had five rounds left. No matter what it looked like, I was still in the fight.”
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