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

Wilder remains WBC heavyweight champion after draw with Fury

Wilder remains WBC heavyweight champion after draw with Fury

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 risky 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.

Wilder managed to knock down Fury twice during the fight, once in the final round.

"We're on away soil, I was on the ground twice but I truly believe I won that fight, and I think everyone in here did too", Fury said, per the Telegraph.

One judge scored the fight 115-111 to Wilder, another 114-112 to Fury and the third had it 113-113.

Deontay Wilder retained his WBC heavyweight crown here yesterday after battling to a split decision draw against Britain's Tyson Fury in a pulsating 12-round battle.

Both fighters preserved their unbeaten records with the draw, but both thought they had done enough to earn the victory in the bout, which played out before 17,698 fans in downtown Los Angeles.

The 30-year-old Briton, who had boxed skillfully to frustrate and outpoint the aggressive but inaccurate Wilder, looked to have finally been beaten when the American champion uncorked a savage right-left combination that sent him sprawling to the floor.

"But the world knows the truth - I thought I won the fight". I'm not going to complain.

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We lost the match after three months and a half, we have to understand why and from the mental approach. If you don't have determination, you have no motivation. "I don't want Kante in this position".

Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sports, which promotes Joshua, stayed up to watch the fight from England and told via email: "I had Fury winning the fight as most did". But Fury went down again - and almost everybody thought it was for good. Fury counter-punched his way through the fifth round, though most of the shots he threw upstairs were blocked by Wilder. From our side we want that undisputed fight ASAP, and that's Deontay Wilder in April 13 at Wembley.

Wilder, the more aggressive of the two fighters early on, quickly moved into an early lead.

"One hundred percent we'll do the rematch".

Wilder at first celebrated with a shimmy only to appear stunned when Fury beat the count and got back on his feet.

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

"I am a fighting man. Jesus has got his power over me - I was never going to be knocked out tonight", Fury added. The man himself credited God with helping him to continue the fight. This performance showed he has convincingly recovered from that, and he may even again prove the best heavyweight in the world. It doesn't matter to me where we do it.

Former two-weight world champion Andre Ward wrote on Twitter: "A draw, I understand (even tho I feel Fury won by a 2 or 3 rds)".

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