Wilder-Fury Ends in Controversial Draw

Cristina Cross
December 2, 2018

And although one judge scored the fight in Fury's favour, Alejandro Rochin had it 115-11 to Wilder while the third official had it as a tie.

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

Several other prominent members of the boxing community have also voiced their displeasure at the fight's verdict including Eddie Hearn, Carl Froch and others.

Wilder managed to turn things up and fire back in the seventh round, as a couple of flurries forced Fury's back to the ropes and would've put him in more danger if not for clinching. "At the count of six, Fury, who stands at 6'9" 256 pounds, rose to his feet.

Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) retains the WBC belt, while Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) can still call himself the lineal heavyweight champion.

Both fighters preserved their unbeaten records with the draw, but both thought they had done enough to earn the victory in the bout, which played out before 17,698 fans in downtown Los Angeles.

"Tyson Fury won the fight for me".

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He will be reminded that Tyson Fury is a most hard man to encounter and that Deontay Wilder is a terribly risky puncher. In the tenth, Fury found much more success with his pinpoint one-two, penetrating the guard of the spindly Wilder.

"This judging takes me back to my first fight with Holyfield".

"?One hundred? percent we'll do the rematch", said Fury, fighting in the first heavyweight title pay-per-view bout in America since 2002.

"I should have won the fight but I'm not going to complain".

'And I wanted more than anything tonight to show the world that it can be done. Wilder controlled the round until Fury landed a couple of shots in the final seconds to get the Brits excited.

"That man is a fearsome puncher, and I was able to avoid that".

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!"

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder embrace after their WBC heavyweight championship boxing match, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles.

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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.

The victor was projected to face Joshua, the WBA, IBF and WBO title-holder, for the undisputed championship.

"This has been a great night for the sport, for heavyweight boxing, and heavyweight boxing in the USA", said Costello.

Trainer Dave Coldwell tweeted: "I gave Wilder two 10-8s and one other round".

A win for Wilder would have likely set up a blockbuster world heavyweight unification title bout next year against the 22-0 Briton, a fight the American has long sought.

Getting a draw in a foreign land while hitting the deck twice has to feel like a win for Fury.

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