Deontay Wilder has been rushed to hospital after his defeat to Tyson Fury in their heavyweight title rematch.
The 34-year-old American boxer suffered the first professional defeat of his career as he was knocked down twice before his defeat to his British rival, 31, in the seventh round of the clash in Las Vegas on Sunday morning.
The fight was ended amid concerns of a burst eardrum, after blood was seen coming out from Wilder’s left ear and mouth.
After four rounds blood was seen coming out of the American’s left ear to create concerns of a burst eardrum.
After the bout, Fury was crowned WBC heavyweight champion but Wilder missed his post-fight press conference as he was rushed to a nearby hospital for a further check-up after being seen getting his ear stitched in his dressing room.
Afterwards Fury said: “A big shout out to Deontay Wilder. He came here tonight and he manned up and he really did show the heart of a champion.
“I hit him with a clean right that dropped him and he got back up. He is a warrior. He will be back. He will be champion again.
“But I will say, the king has returned to the top of the throne!”
Wilder’s trainer, Jay Deas, took his place in the press conference and said: “He had a small cut inside the ear which may have affected his equilibrium so he’s going to get some stitches.
“That’s the extent of it; it was a gruelling fight against a gruelling fighter. This will give him some time to enjoy his family and rest up.”