Published: Mon, December 03, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury bout ends in a controversial draw

Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury bout ends in a controversial draw

Deontay Wilder in action against Tyson Fury during the WBC World Heavyweight Title fight at Staples Centre, Los Angeles, December 1, 2018.

"I would love for it to be my next fight", Wilder said of the rematch. A hard overhand right to the side of Fury's head dropped the Englishman for the first time in the fight.

"I'm not denigrating anybody but I think the two guys tonight would beat the third guy (Joshua)". I was living like a rock star.

The fight went the way that the Englishman wanted and Wilder was more defensive than he has ever been, only really daring to come out of his shell in the final 10 seconds of each round. "Anything is possible with the right mindset if you believe in yourself". Boxing definitely won and Tyson Fury won the fight to me.

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And yet, out of nowhere, with almost 34 minutes of fighting in the tank, Fury was able to spring back to life like a man possessed, beating the count. It's a comeback story worthy of a made-for-television movie due to how many people it might touch.

Fury had the better of the fight (probably) but Wilder knocked him down twice, including one blow in the final round that would have put a horse to sleep, but Fury somehow dragged himself up from it.

Fury's extraordinary Lazarus act however ensured the fight would go to the judges.

"The only thing against him is he'd had a long lay-off (of nearly three years), and he's not boxed anywhere near the class he needs to now", McDermott, the last fighter said to have beaten Fury, told Press Association Sport. "I don't think Fury can be better".

"I'm happy for the fight", Fury said.

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"Do you know what it was? I don't know what happened".

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.

Judge Alejandro Rochin turned in an eyebrow-raising scorecard of 115-111 for Wilder, Robert Tapper had it 114-112 for Fury, and Phil Edwards scored it 113-113 - even. concurred with Tapper, giving Fury a 114-112 score.

"I'll be satisfied with (either Fury or Joshua), to be honest". That man is a fearsome puncher and I was able to avoid that.

A right hand stung Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs), 33, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, midway through the seventh round. "He can't move like me, he'd have been nailed!"

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When it was over Wilder and Fury, who have admitted that they like each other despite the harsh words in the days before the fight, hugged it out. "We've got an American heavyweight champion that Americans can be proud of".

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