Wilder, Fury draw in epic heavyweight showdown

Tanya Cunningham
December 2, 2018

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder met on Saturday night in Staples Center for a highly-anticipated heavyweight title fight with Wilder's WBC championship on the line.

Wilder (40-0-1) floored Fury (27-0-1) in the ninth and 12th rounds, yet Fury clearly outboxed Wilder for large portions of the remainder of their entertaining showdown at Staples Center.

"We're on away soil, I was on the ground twice but I truly believe I won that fight, and I think everyone in here did too", Fury said, per the Telegraph.

The contest was scored 115-111 for Wilder, 114-112 for Fury and 113-113.

Tyson Fury made a miraculous recovery from a 12th round knockdown when it looked like he was out cold to earn a draw, that should have been a win, against Deontay Wilder.

Lennox Lewis, former world heavyweight champion, said Fury was the clear victor of the bout, empathising with the "Gypsy King" as he referenced his own fight with Evander Holyfield that ended in a controversial draw back in 1999.

"With the two knockdowns I definitely won the fight", said the American. That's a lesson I learned a long time ago but I went back to it. I went to Germany to fight [Wladimir] Klitschko and I've come to America to fight Wilder. In his worst state, Fury was almost 400 pounds. Fury used his twitchy movement and near-constant feints to disrupt the rhythm of Wilder, whose trademark looping punches rarely found their mark. He got up and withstood Wilder's assault to try to end the fight.

Wilder scored two knockdowns and thought he won. In an awesome turn of events, however, Fury summoned his inner Michael Myers and somehow rose to his feet at the count of nine. "I was never going to be knocked [out] tonight".

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Los Angeles Lakers basketball star LeBron James wrote: "Man that was the funniest/craziest fight I've ever seen in my life".

'And I wanted more than anything tonight to show the world that it can be done.

According to CompuBox punch statistics, Wilder landed 71 of 430 shots (17 percent), and Fury landed 84 of 327 (26 percent). "Let's give the fans what they want to see".

As the count of Jack Reiss, the referee, reached five, Fury seemed to wake up.

Fury's Lazarus-like comeback in the twelfth looked as if it might be enough to clinch victory when the final bell rang but once the scorecards were read aloud, it confirmed that neither man could claim to be the victory after one of the best heavyweight title bouts of recent times.

"In two or three weeks, I think they will defend very well, and to play against them in a month will be a problem for every team".

Former two-weight world champion Andre Ward wrote on Twitter: "A draw, I understand (even tho I feel Fury won by a 2 or 3 rds)".

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