Tyson Fury was almost knocked out by unknown fighter Neven Pajkic, who says world champion has an ‘ugly face’ – The Sun | The Sun

TYSON FURY'S undefeated record almost ended when he was just 22 after he was knocked down by an unknown Canadian.

The Gypsy King has been handed numerous tough tests along the way, including in his epic trilogy win over Deontay Wilder.

On Saturday he takes on Derek Chisora at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – a third fight between the pair.

But one of the most notable came in 2011 when Fury took on little-known Neven Pajkic for the Commonwealth heavyweight title.

Fury had brushed aside 16 opponents as a professional before his bout with Pajkic but was given a real wake-up call in Manchester in front of his own fans.

The now 45-year-old is known as the first man to knock Fury down to the canvas when he caught him with a right hook in the second round.

After the build-up in which Pajkic described Fury as "having an ugly face", he reminisced to Sky Sports: "I only cracked him with 30 per cent.

"I didn't expect him to go down. I practised the right hand, left hook. To my surprise, he fell after the first punch.

"I hoped he would be groggy with the right hand then I would finish him off with the left hook.

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"The right hand was supposed to be a set-up. I wish he hadn't gone down because the left hook was coming and would have put him out.

"Fury fought a guy I had beaten, Nicolai Firtha. A tough guy.

"That fight told me everything I needed to know. Guys who study their opponents? I get it. But it's a dog-fight, that's it.

"I did what I always did – head down, move forwards, swing.

"With the same punch that I dropped him with. I knew that. And I practised that punch."

I only cracked him with 30 percent.

Fury would get back on his feet before getting his revenge in the third round when he knocked out his opponent.

Pajkic then realised at that moment he was fighting a future champion.

He added: "He overcame adversity on that night and showed his championship mentality."

Fury's most famous comeback came against Wilder in their first fight when he somehow managed to climb up from the canvas after brutally being floored in round 12 to salvage a controversial draw.

He would have to wait 14 months to land his rematch with the American before being crowned WBC Champ.

It was a similar story in their trilogy as in the fourth round Wilder twice dropped Fury, who scored a knockdown the round before, but got to his feet.

He then floored Wilder in the tenth and 11th, where the fight was won once and for all.

Pajkic says Fury's will to get back up and fight separates him from the rest of the division.

He added: "There is no man that can't go down. If 250lbs cracks you on the chin, you are going down.

"Fury keeps his hands down often and drops the left shoulder when he jabs, so he leaves himself exposed more than he should.

"But going down? He has a will to come back up. That's what makes him different."

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