Published: Mon, December 03, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

Wilder remains WBC heavyweight champion after draw with Fury

Wilder remains WBC heavyweight champion after draw with Fury

The morning after the fight, with the threat of destruction removed, Fury was able to speak more freely about his disappointment. "It can be done", Fury said.

"I sit here and I say I was on the brink of suicide, I mean suicide", Fury said.

Wilder retains his WBC belt and most would say that's fair after flooring Fury in the ninth and 12th rounds at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Fury added that he doesn't want his children to live off the millions he's made as a boxer.

"I said, 'I'm sorry what's happened to you.' I said, 'But you offer me the fight, ' I said, 'I will not turn it down. My kids have to make their own living and make their own way in life; they won't be living off my name or reputation because that's too easy a route", he explained. Never was the epitaph "People's Champion" more apt. "I don't know how he got up", the 33-year-old added. "I just wanted to be an ambassador for my country and my people".

Judge Robert Tapper scored the fight 114-112 for Fury, while Alejandro Rochin favored Wilder 115-111. Both fighters are unbeaten. "We poured our hearts out tonight".

The American didn't win more than four rounds (that is being generous), although in the ninth and 12th, he did knock Fury to the canvas.

Commentator Mauro Ranallo had uttered his trademark "mamma mia", telling us that Wilder had done it, as The Bronze Bomber wheeled away towards a neutral corner, no doubt confident in the assumption that the fight was his. "I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight", Fury explained.

"But I'm showing total professionalism here". Bless you and your family, god bless you, and god bless America. I got put down with some good shots.

The WBC champion was, as expected, doing a lot of the coming forward but was being made to miss over and over again by Fury.

Fury's personal story was well-documented as he ballooned upwards of 400 pounds, fell into addiction of alcohol and drugs and almost succumbed to a dark depression in which he was resigned to killing himself through excess in order to numb the pain. "I had a holy hand upon me tonight and brought me back".

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

"I came out slow".

"I don't really have much use for it, I'm not interested in becoming a millionaire or a billionaire".

Despite the knockdown it was Fury looking the fresher man and Wilder was unable to take advantage of his 10-8 round in the 10th. Fury appeared down and out, yet barely beat referee Jack Reiss' count, came back and hurt Wilder with right hands that prevented Wilder from finishing him off.

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