Tyson Fury brutally dethroned Deontay Wilder and completed his return to the top of world boxing with a stunning TKO triumph in a one-sided WBC heavyweight title fight.

There was no repeat of their contentious December 2018 draw as Fury overwhelmed the previously undefeated champion before Wilder’s corner threw in the towel in the seventh round on Saturday.

The Brit took a 42-pound weight advantage into a bout he described as the biggest the division had seen in 50 years and delivered on his promise to seek a knockout in Las Vegas.

Fury landed huge blows from the first bell, sending Wilder to the canvas in rounds three and five and at one point licking his opponent’s blood-stained neck.

Profuse bleeding from the left ear added to the American’s mounting problems as his legs became increasingly unsteady in the fifth round.

The only surprise in the end was that Wilder lasted as long as he did, having spent much of the sixth round pinned against the ropes.

Fury, who improved his career record to 30-0-1, commended Wilder for attempting to continue amid the pummelling.

“He came here tonight, he manned up, he really did show the heart of a champion,” Fury said immediately after the fight, before leading the crowd in a rendition of the Don McLean song American Pie.

Wilder (42-1-1) admitted he could have no complaints, despite being disappointed with his team for throwing in the towel and stating that he came in to the fight with an injured leg.

"My side threw in the towel and I'm ready to go out on my shield," Wilder said "I wish my corner would have let me go out on my shield - I'm a warrior.

"I had a lot of things going on coming into the fight. My leg was already wrecked coming in due to other things."