TYSON FURY has revealed what was going through his mind when he was floored by Deontay Wilder in the last round of their world-title fight.
Fury raced to an early lead against WBC champion Wilder but had to cling on for a draw after two brutal knockdowns.
David Garcia – Kong Events6 Tyson Fury was speaking at the first night of his UK and Ireland tour
Fury got up off the canvas twice, including in the 12th round when he seemed to be down and out from a crunching Wilder shot.
Amazingly, Fury beat the count and kept his world title dreams alive as he looked to have secured another famous world title win away from home.
Speaking on the first night of his UK and Ireland tour, Fury joked that he “nearly had brain damage” but boasted that he can only beaten when he is “asleep”.
Fury said: “I wasn’t thinking anything, I nearly had brain damage!
Alamy Live News6 Deontay Wilder landed with a big left-hook that dropped Fury in the final round of their fight
Reuters6 Amazinly Fury rose from the canvas with two minutes remaining of the final round
“If there is any energy in me I will always fight until the end. From a heavy knockdown he then had 2.30 minus to finish me and he couldn’t.
“The can only beat Tyson Fury with a stick, while I am asleep.”
Fury’s efforts saw him only fight to a split-decision draw – despite his commanding work in the opening nine sessions.
The 30-year-old is set to rematch Wilder in May after the WBC ordered a re-run on their barnstormer.
PA:Press Association6 Fury had boxed to a commanding lead before he was floored for the first time in round nine
Getty Images – Getty6 The WBC have ordered Wilder to defend his title against Fury in a rematch
Fury insisted his 2015 win over Wladimir Klitschko should have been an indication “novice” Wilder could not beat him as he advised the American to avoid a rematch.
He added: “The hands behind the back and the tricks fucked him up but I am not about one style.
“I have lots of plans but when you get in front of these so-called world champions they don’t know how to handle me.
“The tactics for Wilder were ‘stick and move Rock’ some razzmatazz and some skills he had never seen.
PA:Press Association6 Fury advised Wilder to not rematch him as he believes he is a superior boxer
“My advice to him would be ‘don’t fight Tyson Fury’
“If an 11-year champ who beat every one (Klitschko) could not beat me then how would that novice?”