Tyson Fury: I Was Never Going To Be Knocked Out

Tyson Fury: I Was Never Going To Be Knocked Out

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder's "contentious" draw has "changed the whole dynamic of the heavyweight division", says BBC boxing commentator Mike Costello.

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.

Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder and Tyson "The Gypsy King" Fury fought to a split-decision draw on Saturday night from STAPLES Center??in??arguably?one of the best heavyweight fights in years?.?

The judges scored the bout 115-111 to Wilder, 114-112 to Fury and 113-113.

"We're on away soil, I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight", said England's Fury, whose awesome comeback continues following a two and a half-year absence from the sport.? Opinions were divided on the judges' decision, however, with some claiming that Fury was robbed of one of the greatest comebacks in history despite two knockdowns.

There has already been talk of a rematch, while both fighters have called out IBF, WBA and WBO champion Anthony Joshua. "I was never going to be knocked [out] tonight".

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

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!" Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) climbed back to his feet and eventually cleared his head, but it seemed as though all momentum had shifted in Wilder's favor.

"We gave each other all we've got", Wilder said.

"I've come away and I'm on away soil but what most disappointed me was the British judge". I'm six foot nine and 260 pounds - I don't know anyone on the planet who can move like that.

"I came out slow".

Wilder looked like he wanted to attack Fury's body early then went head hunting in the middle rounds without much success. "I was too hesitant", Wilder said.

Fury by contrast cleverly picked his moments, finding Wilder with greater accuracy and causing a nasty swelling over the American's left eye. I wasn't hurt. I did not sit still, I was too hesitant, I started overthrowing the right hand.

Fury responded admirably to a big step up in competition after a lengthy absence and two warmup bouts, but Wilder got him in just enough trouble to earn a draw.

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.

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