World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman was blown away by the action from last Saturday's trilogy fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.
At the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Fury retained the WBC heavyweight title with an eleven round knockout of Deontay Wilder.
Sulaiman was ringside, witnessing a total of five knockdowns in the bout.
Wilder went down in the third round. He then came back to drop Fury two times in the fourth. Fury would then claw his way back to drop Wilder in the tenth - and then closed the show with a third knockdown in the eleventh.
"The physical wear and tear inflicted upon both of them by both of them still further heightened the drama, minute after minute, round after round. By the end of the eighth, Wilder was exhausted; the doctor visited the corner with concern, but with a lion's heart, he carried on. It was rivetingly dramatic to watch, for it seemed like he couldn't go on. Ice water was splashed on his head and revived him, he looked like a gladiator from the time of Roman Circus," Sulaiman said.
"In the tenth round, Wilder fell once more, but near the end of the round, he reacted magnificently, connecting hard and effectively and Fury was about to go down, while the audience gasped, experiencing a moment of emotion and sheer drama Finally, in the eleventh round, a massive right hand sent Wilder to the canvas head-first, with the referee trying to catch him as he fell, stricken. It was all over, and so Tyson retained his Green and Gold Belt in the most dramatic fashion!
"I was very happily surprised by the very well conducted instructions before the fight in the dressing rooms. Referee Russel Mora and NSAC executive director, Bob Bennett, made sure the rules for the contest were to be enforced. Previous fights had seen rough tactics and complications. The size of the fighters and the emotions would make it complicated if the referee loses control of the actions, however, Russell Mora had the performance of his career and it was fundamental for the great, historic event we just witnessed.
"Deontay Wilder must be praised for his heart, his will to regain heavyweight supremacy, his determination and brave effort. Even in defeat, Wilder has won the respect and admiration of the world. It has been reported that he suffered fractures in his hand, which makes this even more dramatic and speaks of his greatness."