TYSON FURY nodded at Joseph Parker moments after the Kiwi was knocked out by Joe Joyce.
Parker, 30, held off a barrage from the Briton before a left hook ended the fight in the 11th round.
And as Parker lay on the ground wondering what had just hit him, the Gypsy King nodded at him in respect.
Fury sat at ringside alongside his father John and he was the first person Parker turned to after the knockout blow.
The Brit also waved for Parker to get up, but the former world champion was down and the referee called off the fight once he got back to his feet.
Parker and Fury are close friends, with the New Zealander even having moved to Morecambe to train alongside the 34-year-old.
Before the fight Joyce Parker praised Fury’s positivity and admitted his friend helped him get his career back on track.
Parker said: “He’s just a positive person to be around when he’s training, he pushes everyone and he includes everyone,” Parker said. “It’s good when he’s in his own gym!
“He gave us the gym to use, the house to live in, the whole team. So he was very influential in helping me get my career back to where it is now.
“When he’s there and you go racing, he’s never shy about giving advice and helping out. If he sees something he thinks can help, he mentions it. I’m just grateful for everything he has done and continues to do.
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“He supported me a lot, even before this fight [against Fury’s cousin Hughie].
“We exchanged messages with me on social media and he always supported me in my fights with [Anthony] Joshua and [Dillian] Why. He always supported me.
Parker trained in Fury’s gym in preparation for the fight and was even given the Gypsy King’s house while working with trainer Andy Lee.
John Fury also helped out at camp with Parker suffering from his infamous medicine ball drill – and received a hammer blow to the chest and stomach.
Parker was also filmed working out with John and a speed ball workout, followed by deadlifts, shadow boxing and pull-ups.