Tyson Fury believes Deontay Wilder will come back from his one-sided drubbing.
The Gypsy King stopped the Bronze Bomber in the seventh round to wrench the WBC heavyweight title from him.
Fury, 31, floored Wilder twice and forced his corner to throw in the towel in a stunning performance.
This was the first defeat of Wilder's career but Fury says he can come back – and a third fight is not off the cards.
He 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.
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“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 was annoyed his corner pulled him out as he wanted to continue.
But it was never going to end any other way as Fury was totally dominating him.
He said: “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.”
Wilder also insists he will recover from the defeat.
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He added: “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.”
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