Wilder retains heavyweight crown after Fury thriller ends in draw

Tanya Cunningham
December 2, 2018

WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Lineal Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury face-off during the New York Press Conference at Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on October 2, 2018 in New York City.

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.

Fury was the busier of the two throughout but WBC champion Wilder recorded two knockdowns, the second of them coming in a dramatic 12th round when his rival appeared to be out for the count, only to miraculously rise in time to carry on through to the final bell.

Tyson Fury has targeted a rematch with Deontay Wilder at Old Trafford.

"Fury's not a renowned knockout specialist like (Anthony) Joshua or Wilder, but his boxing skills are too good for both of them".

Wilder landed just 71 of 430 punches thrown, or 17 per cent. "I came out slow".


Until a sensational final round knockdown from Wilder, Fury appeared to be heading towards what would have been a remarkable upset. I went to Germany to fight Klitschko and I went to America to fight Deontay Wilder.

Staples Center had a frenzied atmosphere after the high-energy introductions, but the fighters settled into a technical bout early.

Wilder responded with increasingly desperate flurries of big punches, very few of which found their mark. The Englishman made Wilder miss constantly, particularly ducking under Wilder's big right hand with grace. "Fury's stock went up!"

To that end, Fury came out the next round much like he did in the seventh, landing several unanswered left hand, right hand combinations to regain the momentum he lost the previous round.

His powers of recovery certainly impressed WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford, who compared the Briton to a famous WWE wrestler: "He got knocked out and got up like the Undertaker".

Cuba's Luis Ortiz knocked down Travis Kauffman three times before stopping him late in the 10th round, and British heavyweight Joe Joyce improved to 7-0 with a first-round stoppage of Joe Hanks.

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