Tyson Fury calls out Anthony Joshua after split draw with Deontay Wilder

Tyson Fury calls out Anthony Joshua after split draw with Deontay Wilder

Actually, I'm talking about what should be one of the most exciting boxing matches of the year: Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder!

The biggest questions for Tyson Fury going into his WBC heavyweight title fight with Deontay Wilder was whether or not he had the stamina to go the whole 12 rounds and avoid the Bronze Bomber's incredible right hand.

At the end of the second round, Wilder landed with a hammer one-two, the most notable combination of the fight up until that point, which Fury brushed off with familiar contempt, raising his arms in the air and mocking the champion with a leg shuffle.

Wilder had Fury on the canvas twice, including a spectacular final round knockdown, but was unable to get the knockout victory he had promised to deliver at the Staples Center.

America's Alejandro Rochin judge gave Wilder the win 115-111, with the Canadian judge Robert Tapper giving Fury the nod 114-111.

Wilder almost stopped Fury in the 12th round with a hard knockdown, but Fury survived and stormed back for a memorable round of the year candidate in a fight that is likely to see a sequel.

The American champion struggled to connect cleanly with Fury throughout an absorbing contest, all too often sending huge arcing haymakers whistling past Fury's head.

The consensus was that Fury outboxed Wilder despite his 12th round knockdown
The consensus was that Fury outboxed Wilder despite his 12th round knockdown

Should Wilder lose his title to Fury on December 1, Fury must give Wilder a contractually obligated rematch; however, a rematch may still happen even if Wilder wins.

In the final round, Wilder again dropped Fury within the first minute with a devastating one-two, the contender laying flat out and looking as though he had been knocked spark out, but the rising and brushing off the punch with usual bravado.

Wilder landed just 71 of 430 punches thrown, or 17 per cent.

But Fury gradually grew in confidence, regularly taunting Wilder by throwing his arms up in the air or behind his back.

As several former heavyweights had predicted beforehand, the longer the fight went on, the more Fury looked in control.

Fury recovered well however and regained his composure to resume where he had left off.

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