Wilder remains WBC heavyweight champion after draw with Fury

Deanna Kelley
December 3, 2018

American Deontay Wilder retained his WBC heavyweight title after a thrilling split decision draw with Britain's Tyson Fury at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, leaving both fighters talking up a rematch.

"I'm going to give it to the poor and I'm going to build homes for the homeless", Fury said.

Tyson Fury, on the other hand, looks absolutely deflated as he was told despite dominating and giving Wilder a boxing masterclass, it still wasn't enough for him to wrestle the title away on his main event return.

There was one title change in a special match held in Montreal prior to the pay-per-view's start, as Oleksandr Gvozdyk stopped Adonis Stevenson in the 11th round to become the new WBC light heavyweight champion.

"I just showed the world tonight, and everyone suffering with mental health problems, you can come back, and it can be done".

He had earlier frustrated Wilder with his jab and a succession of accurate right hands, but the American's late attack salvaged his WBC belt on the scorecards.

Despite just two comeback fights in recent months against marginal competition, the 6-foot-9 Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) never faded or backed down against Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) and fought with a style as daring as he said he would in the buildup when Fury routinely predicted a knockout win.

Despite there being no undisputed victor, both men gave proper respect following the fight, considering themselves the two best heavyweights in the world while also taunting Antony Joshua.

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Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) retains the WBC belt, while Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) can still call himself the lineal heavyweight champion. The Englishman made Wilder miss constantly, particularly ducking under Wilder's big right hand with grace.

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"It happened to me and I knew it was going to happen to him".

"Fair play to Jack Reiss, he's fantastic referee, the best I've ever experienced. But you must prove you're okay, otherwise I will stop the fight".

Unfortunately for Fury and his fans, however, this was not the case with the fight being deemed a controversial draw. He did say in the changing room before the fight, "If anyone goes down I will give you chance to prove you're okay".

"We are two great champions", he said. "I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight", Fury explained. "I don't think he had control". Fury used his twitchy movement and near-constant feints to disrupt the rhythm of Wilder, whose trademark looping punches rarely found their mark.

Fury had every reason to be unhappy at the judges' verdict.

Fury counter-punched his way through the fifth round, though most of the shots he threw upstairs were blocked by Wilder. "Only God knows how he got back up", Wilder said about the knockdown.

And yet, out of nowhere, with almost 34 minutes of fighting in the tank, Fury was able to spring back to life like a man possessed, beating the count. In his worst state, Fury was almost 400 pounds.

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