Deontay Wilder retains heavyweight title, defeats Tyson Fury via split draw

Deontay Wilder retains heavyweight title, defeats Tyson Fury via split draw

Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury ended up being an entertaining WBC Title fight to remember.

Fury also showed a salient level of class for not blaming the judges despite a decision that very could have (and likely deserved to) have gone his way.

Fury, who won the unified world title from Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 only to lose his belts as he battled depression, alcohol and drug problems, was equally baffled.

"Listen, I stood up for me country", Fury said, "I stood up for me people, me pride, me family name and I represented the United Kingdom and Ireland tonight". But in the 12th, Deontay Wilder almost went the distance, sending Wilder to the canvas for the second in a late push for the win.

"With the two knockdowns I definitely won the fight", said the American.

Then Fury did come back with a couple of shots before once more the American came forward swinging.

Promoter Frank Warren said he and the British Boxing Board of Control will write to the WBC demanding a rematch.

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. "Ole AJ wanted no part of that right hand". I went to Germany to fight [Wladimir] Klitschko, and I went to America to fight Deontay Wilder. I think when he's exhausted he's more risky because he just flings those punches around and if one of them hit you round the head, you're going to go down and it happened.

"It's no secret Joshua didn't want this fight", Fury said during the post-fight press conference, "and he didn't want it for a reason - because Deontay Wilder is the most fiercest puncher in boxing history, in heavyweight-division history".

"When you get two warriors, you get a great fight", Wilder said.

"With 2 knockdowns & round here or there for Wilder and you have a draw in some people's eyes".

The hard-hitting Wilder knocked Fury down twice, including a brutal right-left combination that sent the towering Fury to the canvas in the 12th in what initially looked to be the end of the fight.

Even though Wilder made a throat-slashing gesture and mouthed "It's over", Fury beat the count and went back to work. "I started overthrowing the right hand, and I just couldn't adjust". Fury used his twitchy movement and near-constant feints to disrupt the rhythm of Wilder, whose trademark looping punches rarely found their mark.

His awkward style and constant feints had Wilder struggling to find the target for much of the night, apart from his two notable successes.

"It's an iconic comeback". In his worst state, Fury was almost 400 pounds.

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