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It was a heavyweight title for the ages, and Conor McGregor was more than impressed in what he saw.

Late on Saturday night, Tyson Fury showcased his skills as the world’s best heavyweight boxer with an eleventh round stoppage against Deontay Wilder in what was the third meeting between the pair. But he certainly didn’t have it all his own way.

Fury was sent to the canvas twice in the third round after Wilder began to find a home for his concussive power shots — but Fury returned the favour in the fourth. A game Wilder rallied for several more rounds before he was finally stopped late on but with their rivalry now almost certainly concluded, Conor McGregor has lauded both fighters for their efforts in what was a classic title tussle.

“Great fight that,” McGregor wrote on Twitter. “Both warriors, both winners. Hard to not be impressed with Deontay there. Against the much larger man and almost got it done. Great fight. 40lb’s in weight difference is A LOT. Fair play both men there, very enjoyable fights they have had together. Respect.

“Their skill levels are unique but very close. A great heavyweight trilogy that was. I love when it gets set for certain and both have an honorable showing. Not the fam in the ring fake celebrating after a freak injury etc etc you know the gig, God bless the real in this world.

“Congrats Tyson and Paris. Me and Dee are so happy for you and the kids. Congrats Deontay and Telli also. Was great meeting you guys recently. A real proud showing that was, and could have went either way. Amazing! Happy Sunday now today with the cheddar and the memory. God bless.”