But Fury was twice knocked to the floor.
"The only thing against him is he'd had a long lay-off (of nearly three years), and he's not boxed anywhere near the class he needs to now", McDermott, the last fighter said to have beaten Fury, told Press Association Sport.
On the way down the American caught the challenger with a left and Fury seemed to be knocked down and out. The sixth round warning from the referee in the sixth round for both to show more urgency. But a huge straight right from Fury gave the champion something to think about, and was perhaps the Englishman's best punch at that point.
The 10-8 round proved crucial in the final reckoning, though. At the end of the round, and following Wilder's usual late flurry, the two became entangled, Fury taking the chance to mock his man with severely odd tongue movements. Fury retained the lineal championship. Wilder has emerged as a great heavyweight champion, and he continues to prove that.
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That makes him slightly shorter than Fury, who is 6ft 9in.