Tyson Fury insists Deontay Wilder could have KILLED him during the final round of their heavyweight clash in December.
But the ‘Gypsy King’ maintains he ‘didn’t feel any pain’, despite hitting the canvas after a brutal right-left combination.
After almost three years of inactivity, Fury came agonisingly close to shocking the world at the Staples Center in Los Angeles after a display of pugilist perfection.
Slipping shots and countering with ease, the Brit looked as though he had never been away from the ring as he danced around Wilder.
But the WBC heavyweight champion showed why he is perhaps the most dangerous fighter in the world and floored Fury with a combination which left the former unified champion seemingly out cold.
However, Fury is adamant he did not feel a thing.
He told SiriusXM: “It didn’t hurt at all. I didn’t feel any pain so probably not (unconscious).
“I think when you get hit in certain areas in the head you lose your coordination, you lose everything. It just goes for a second or so. But when you come around you either get up and your legs are gone, or you get up and you’re okay like I was in that twelfth round.
“As easy as I got up, I may never have got up. That was the type of punch that sometimes people won’t wake up from. Especially hitting me with a right hand and as I was going down he hit me with a left hook as well.
“So that should have been concrete, good night Vienna. But the Gypsy King rose like a phoenix from the ashes off the canvas to rally back from the 12th and it was an epic round.
“We won Ring Magazine Round of the Year, so it must have been a good round.”
The 31-year-old is set to take on Otto Wallin on September 14 in Las Vegas, but told talkSPORT the eagerly anticipated rematch with Wilder WILL happen in 2020.