Published: Sun, December 02, 2018
Culture | By Jeremy Gray

Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury

Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury

After plenty of bad blood in the build-up, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury let their fists do the talking in their heavyweight bout on Saturday.

Fury looked to be on his way to a decision victory when the equalizer finally came, a little late but better than never, as they say.

After 12 pulsating rounds, the judges scored the matchup 115-111 to Wilder, another 114-112 to Englishman Fury, and the third British judge scoring 113-113.

He will be reminded that Tyson Fury is a most hard man to encounter and that Deontay Wilder is a terribly unsafe puncher.

"As long as I'm focused for the full duration of the fight, I don't see him landing any punches at all", Fury said.

Speaking after the contest, he signalled his intent to unify the title belts of the heavyweight division and suggested he could face Anthony Joshua next.

A punch to the top of Fury's head shockingly put him down in the ninth, but he bounced up quickly. But Fury just beat the count and survived the round as a crowd of 17,698 roared its approval. "I came out slow". But even though he did not win his comeback from the depths of addiction and mental illness remains something to behold as he and Wilder gave the fans a memorable, tension-filled fight.

Wilder scored two knockdowns and thought he won.

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It was not just the boxing world that was enthralled by what happened at the Staples Center, though.

The opening rounds were to Fury's liking.

In the ninth, Wilder found success when he walked the challenger down, landing with a right that put Fury on the backseat of his trousers. Fury seemed in control when Wilder landed his trademark, a howitzer of a right that landed on the side of Fury's head.

There were two different answers from Fury for the questions.

The punch wasn't the biggest of the fight, but Fury was stunned - and he responded by getting up and raising his aggression in an exciting round.

The fight attracted the celebrity attention expected in Hollywood from actors and athletes alike.

Now, Tyson Fury gets his fair share of plaudits, but being compared to The Phenom, one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, has to be right up there.

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