Tyson Fury insisted his "saga" with Deontay Wilder is "done for good" after his stoppage win in Las Vegas, a result that has earned the undefeated WBC champion a well-earned break.
In the third meeting of the heavyweight rivals, Fury dropped his opponent in the third but was then down himself twice in the next round, the tables suddenly turned as the pair went toe to toe.
However, the Briton came on strong in the second half of the contest. After scoring a further knockdown in the previous round, he finished the job in the 11th thanks to a chopping right hand that finally ended Wilder's brave resistance.
After the bout, Fury said: "It was a great fight. Rarely do we see heavyweight trilogies. I think the last one was Riddick Bowe and Evander Holyfield, and those fights didn't disappoint.
"The saga with Wilder is done now. Done for good. It was definitely a historic trilogy, for sure.
"It swung both ways and both fighters had the opportunity to seize the moment, it was just that I showed the initiative, dug deeper and wanted it more.
"At the end of the day, when it comes down to that sort of fight, it's about who is willing to push further. I wasn't willing for it to go to the scorecards; I was definitely trying for a knockout.
"Wilder is a very tough guy and he's got heart, heart to keep going. He took a lot of punishment and that puts a lot of mileage on the clock.
"So did I, I took a lot of punishment as well, some good shots, got put over but then got back up.
"It was just a great fight, all in all. You have to take your hat off to Wilder and his team. He put up a good fight.
"That's what I'm here for, I wasn't here to blow someone over in one round.
"I've travelled the world for so many years to find challenges – he gave me a real worthy challenge tonight."
With another meeting with Wilder seemingly unlikely, Fury could instead target Oleksandr Usyk, the holder of the IBF, WBA and WBO titles after his shock triumph over Anthony Joshua, who has triggered a clause for a rematch with the Ukrainian.
For Fury, however, the immediate focus is celebrating his latest success.
When asked about a potential fight with Usyk, he replied: "We will see. I've just earned a well-earned break.
"I've been away from my family for six months in total. I've been home for two weeks in the last six months, so before I start thinking about fighting other men, I'm going to bask in this victory.
"This was one of my greatest wins. I got off the floor to do it. I'm the big dog in the division, probably one of the heaviest heavyweight champions in history at 277lb. I was fit, I was strong in there and felt good.
"We will just see what today and tomorrow brings."
On his plans, he added: "I'm going to go out, have a couple of drinks and relax.
"I'm not even thinking about boxing, I'm going to go out and bask in this glory.
"Last time, after the second fight, I just went back, went to bed, got up the next day and flew home. This has been a well-deserved victory and I'm just going to enjoy it."