Reigning WBC Heavyweight champion of the world Tyson Fury is known for his dominating persona both in and out of the ring, but after the trilogy fight with longtime rival Deontay Wilder last October, Fury feared of possibly getting brain damage from the bout and nearly came to calling it quits.
I had these massive swellings on the back of my head: Tyson Fury recalls Wilder trilogy aftermath
Last year, Fury marked his second victory over Wilder as they locked horns for the third time on 9th October at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada. While “The Gypsy King” marked an 11th round knockout victory, he did get knocked down by Wilder in the second and fourth round.
Even though Fury has been victorious over Wilder twice, the boxing fandom is well aware of the explosive power that the “Bronze Bomber” packs and Fury himself was petrified about the thought of getting possible brain damage from the two knockdowns.
Speaking to The Sun in a recent interview, the Briton said that he felt formed huge lumps behind his head in the aftermath of the bout and even thought of haning up his gloves and calling it a career.
“I knocked him out in round 11, but it wasn’t just hunky dory and let’s all skip back to the changing rooms. I was feeling the back of my head and I had lumps on the back of my head like fists. I didn’t know if I had brain damage, I didn’t know what was up with me,” said Fury
“I was very frightened because I had these massive swellings on the back of my head. I was thinking, ‘I could end up with brain damage.’ I was concussed, I didn’t remember anything. I suppose when you get knocked down like that you don’t remember a lot. I was thinking, ‘Did I get put down four times?’ I actually got put down twice. I thought to myself, ‘You know what? I think it’s time to call it a day.’ That was after Wilder 3,” he added. [H/T Boxing Scene]
However, Fury did return for one more fight since the trilogy- a mandatory title defense against former interim champ Dillian Whyte on 23rd April and the all-English affair at the Wembley stadium ended with a one-sided 6th round TKO win for Fury.