Published: Mon, December 03, 2018
Culture | By Jeremy Gray

Fury: Joshua would have been nailed by Wilder

Fury: Joshua would have been nailed by Wilder

Tyson Fury says "the world knows who the real WBC champion is" and believes his draw with Deontay Wilder was "a gift decision" for the American. Judge Phil Edwards and The Associated Press scored it a 113-113 draw, with Wilder's knockdowns compensating for Fury's superior technique.

But Fury, the self-styled lineal champion after he "beat the man who beat the man", still has claims to that unofficial title. Fury said. "I was telling my brothers and my family to keep quiet".

"I should have won the fight but I'm not going to complain".

The other two judges scored the fight 114-112 in Fury's favour and 113-113, making it a split draw. "I came out slow". I'm a boxer not a businessman and I'll probably go down the same route as every other boxer - skint at the end of it all.

Tyson Fury dominated long stretches of his heavyweight title bout against Deontay Wilder with shifty technique and graceful defense.

Furyshowed remarkable determination to get up from a vicious right hand-left hook combination in the final round, where he lay motionless for a few seconds before rising to his feet.

"That man is a fearsome puncher, but I avoided his shots tonight".

Talk of a rematch with Wilder has already begun with both parties seemingly keen to get a date in the diary, although Fury's promoter Frank Warren hopes to host the fight in the United Kingdom.

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"Listen 100 per cent we'll do the rematch, but we're going to go away, recalculate, see what's going to happen, get back together", he said.

The 6-feet-7, 212½-pound Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) nailed the elusive Englishman twice, however, and floored Fury once apiece in the ninth and 12th rounds.

He said on Sportsweek: "When you are at a boxing event only three people can be the judges because they are fully concentrated in the actions". I wasn't hurt. I did not sit still, I was too hesitant, I started overthrowing the right hand. After Joshua-Wilder negotiations fell apart, the always opportunistic Fury sped up his comeback plans to call out Wilder and play spoiler on the division's best-laid plans.

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.

Wilder shimmied his shoulders in celebration with referee Jack Reiss about halfway through his 10-count when Fury, the British heavyweight, did something wholly unexpected.

"I hope I did you all proud after almost three years out of the ring", Fury continued.

The card also saw Luis Ortiz score an 11th-round knockout of Travis Kauffman and Joe Joyce get a first-round knockout win over Joe Hanks.

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