Wilder retains heavyweight crown after Fury thriller ends in draw

Deanna Kelley
December 2, 2018

But on Saturday at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Fury's mind told him 'You didn't come this far just to lay down, not even to the most unsafe puncher in the sport.' Fury did not just get up, he came back and rocked Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KO's) late as they battled to the end in a classic heavyweight battle before 17,698 fans, but the bout was ruled a controversial split draw.

Tyson Fury appeared to be out cold on the canvas after eating a right hand and a crushing left hook from WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in the 12th round.

"Tyson Fury won the fight for me".

With the scores set at 115 - 111 to Wilder, 110 - 114 in favour of Fury, and 113 - 113, that extra point one way or the other was unquestionably the difference between victory, defeat, and the draw.

Both men weren't overly upset by the verdict after a compelling bout in front of a frenzied Hollywood crowd. Fury, after cracking the WBC champion, continued with his ducking and dodging in the second round before Wilder cracked him with a shot on the chin right before the bell.

"?One hundred? percent we'll do the rematch", said Fury, fighting in the first heavyweight title pay-per-view bout in America since 2002.

"None of us can complain, both of us are going home to our families".

Manny Pacquiao, who has won world titles in eight weight classes, added on the social networking site: "Respect to Fury for sticking to his game plan and to Wilder for closing the gap with two huge knockdowns!"

"We gave each other all we've got", Wilder said.

Wilder, the more aggressive of the two fighters early on, quickly moved into an early lead. "The magic part of it is being able to beat one another up and at the end saying "I love you, bro".

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Fury, who out-landed Wilder 84-71 overall, was caught by a short right hand by Wilder just behind the left ear to drop Fury for the third time in his career in the ninth round.

"This judging takes me back to my first fight with Holyfield".

"I had a holy hand upon me tonight", Fury said.

Speaking as a pundit for BT Sport Box Office, Lewis said: "They need to get some good judges, these judges were awful".

But Fury gradually grew in confidence, regularly taunting Wilder by throwing his arms up in the air or behind his back.

Wilder, who also had Fury on the deck in the ninth round, was adamant he had won.

As the count of Jack Reiss, the referee, reached five, Fury seemed to wake up. "That's what we proved tonight, and I'm ready to do it again".

"This has been a great night for the sport, for heavyweight boxing, and heavyweight boxing in the U.S.", said Costello.

"In two or three weeks, I think they will defend very well, and to play against them in a month will be a problem for every team".

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