The scorecards from Tyson Fury's victory over Deontay Wilder show the Gypsy King was winning the fight when he knocked out his rival.
Fury dismantled Wilder in an all-action encounter in Las Vegas, which will go down as one of the fights of 2021.
And he was forced to recover from being on the canvas twice, to secure a late stoppage victory in the penultimate stanza.
But despite the late stoppage, Fury would have prevailed on points if the fight went the full championship distance.
All three judges had the contest scored in the WBC champion's favour, with the cards at 95-91, 94-92 and 95-92.
Fury was out-landing his opponent in almost all of the tighter rounds, with the intense duel approaching the final stages.
And he recovered well from a fourth-round that was scored 10-7 to Wilder unanimously after his double-knockdown.
But despite the scorecards having him points ahead by the stoppage round, Fury was marginally behind going beyond the midway point.
His technically sound style and rangy jab helped him control the exchanges when Wilder looked fatigued and loaded up his power punches.
And the dominance paid off when his huge right hand laid out Wilder and handed Fury his latest victory during a vast unbeaten stretch.
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Fury was confident of getting a knockout, and has revealed his delight at recording his latest victory.
"He's got no love for me, Deontay Wilder, and do you know why? Because I beat him three times," Fury said.
"I will not make any excuses, Wilder is a top fighter, he gave me a run for my money. I always say I am the best fighter in the world and he is the second-best.
"Don't ever doubt me. When the chips are down I can always deliver. "I give him the glory for the victory. He’s a tough man. He took some big shots tonight. It was a great fight, as good as any trilogy in history.
"I beat him three times and I’m a sportsman and wanted to give him some love and respect. And he didn’t want to give it back. That's his problem and I pray for him. This was a great fight and October 9, 2021 will go down in history, I hope."
His opponent Wilder required a visit to hospital to check on his health after a brutal stoppage in America.
But his bitter reaction painted another picture after Fury accused the 'Bronze Bomber' of showing a "lack of respect".
And the 35-year-old American admitted he fell short on the night, and "wasn't good enough" to stop the Briton.
“I did my best, but it wasn’t good enough tonight. I’m not sure what happened," Wilder said post-fight. "I know that in training he did certain things, and I also knew that he didn’t come in at 277 pounds to be a ballet dancer. He came to lean on me, try to rough me up and he succeeded.”
Dillian Whyte is currently pole position to be Fury's next challenger, after he was declared the mandatory option to make a bid to earn the WBC belt.
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