Wilder, Fury draw in epic heavyweight showdown

Cristina Cross
December 2, 2018

Deontay Wilder enters tonight's contest sporting a flawless professional record of 40-0. He will be reminded that Tyson Fury is a most hard man to encounter and that Deontay Wilder is a terribly risky puncher.

Fury is aiming to reach the mountaintop of the heavyweight division - a position he once enjoyed after his win over the legendary Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.

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 on Saturday.

Fury had his best offensive round in the seventh, landing multiple left jab, right hand combinations that caused substantial swelling on Wilder's face. Yes, the boxing judges actually got a big fight right.

Still, the knockdown scuppered his hopes of becoming a two-time world champion, with the controversial outcome seeing both retain their unbeaten record while also paving the way for a lucrative rematch in 2019.

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In the ninth, Wilder found success when he walked the challenger down, landing with a right that put Fury on the backseat of his trousers.

Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder.

In the tenth, Fury found much more success with his pinpoint one-two, penetrating the guard of the spindly Wilder.

Going into the championship rounds, Fury's sharp head movement showed no signs of waning, making the champion miss with wild windmills, although he did connect with a huge body shot, that Fury took in his stride.

Until a sensational final round knockdown from Wilder, Fury appeared to be heading towards what would have been a remarkable upset.

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When the bell sounded, Fury ran to the ring corner, nearly falling over, to salute the crowd and cheer.

Wilder got the 10-8 score he needed to catch Fury on Edwards' scorecards, which ultimately meant the fight was announced as a split decision draw.

The Manchester man then turned his attention to fellow Brit Anthony Joshua, calling him a "chicken" before ending his post-fight interview by shouting "God bless America".

Wilder, the more aggressive of the two fighters early on, quickly moved into an early lead.

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