Published: Sun, December 02, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

Wilder draws with Fury to retain WBC heavyweight title

Wilder draws with Fury to retain WBC heavyweight title

Tyson Fury taunts Deontay Wilder during their heavyweight title bout which ended in a draw.

Wilder, the undefeated WBC champion retained his title after squaring off against undefeated challenger and former WBA, WBO, IBO, and unofficial lineal champion Fury, in front of nearly 18,000 people at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Until Wilder's sensational final round knockdown, Fury appeared to be heading for what would have been a remarkable upset.

American boxer Deontay Wilder praised his British opponent, Tyson Fury, after a thrilling heavyweight contest which saw Fury largely dominating the fight, before being floored in the ninth and 12th rounds at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday.

While many analysts ringside believed Fury should have had his hands raised in victory, Alejandro Rochin had Wilder up by the score of 115-111, while Robert Tapper tabbed Fury by the tally of 115-111 and Phil Edwards had it dead even at 113-113.

Wilder thought he had done enough to win the fight. Wilder has emerged as a great heavyweight champion, and he continues to prove that. "It was what it was", Fury said.

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.

'I've fought back from suicide and mental health [issues] and depression and anxiety.

This pairing of heavyweights, who's size was only dwarfed by their colorful personalities, was one that for the most part was controlled by the strategic boxing of Fury, 27, who for long stretches put on a masterclass exhibition of boxing.

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!"

"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".

He's back: Tyson Fury beats the count and actually comes back at Deontay Wilder after his ninth round knockdown. "I came here tonight and I fought my heart out".

"I would love for it to be my next fight", Wilder said. I rushed my punches. "I was too hesitant", Wilder said. But Fury managed to come through in the sixth, when his combinations caused some swelling around Wilder's left eye. The Alabama native crashed a right hand just above Fury's ear in the eighth, sending him to the canvas.

But then Fury got up - and somehow, won the remainder of the round.

Fury's compatriot and promising fellow heavyweight Joe Joyce had earlier secured his seventh professional victory when he stopped Joe Hanks of America in two minutes and 25 seconds. "I really wanted to get him out of there, give the fans what they want to see".

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