Fury and Wilder draw in spectacular heavyweight title clash

Cristina Cross
December 3, 2018

Deontay Wilder kept hold of his WBC World Heavyweight title after a controversial split decision draw with Tyson Fury despite most people having the British boxer ahead.

Wilder retains his WBC belt and most would say that's fair after flooring Fury in the ninth and 12th rounds at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The judging of Mexican-American Alejandro Rochin was called into question after his 115-111 scoreline, and the fact that he gave the first four rounds to defending champion Wilder.

"I should have won the fight but I'm not going to complain". I had to get back up.

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!"

"I fought back from suicide, from mental anxiety and depression".

"How did I get up from the knockdowns?"

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Other sportsmen paid tribute to the efforts of both fighters, with former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand saluting Fury for how he has dealt with his personal demons. "I'll leave the audience to make up their mind". Everybody could see who won. "We poured our hearts out tonight". Both fighters are unbeaten.

"It's easy to beat me - nail me to the canvas", Fury said. "Let's give the fans what they want to see". "I can't tell you because I don't know".

"No way", Fury said.

"One hundred percent we'll do the rematch".

"We are two great champions". Fury used his twitchy movement and near-constant feints to disrupt the rhythm of Wilder, whose trademark looping punches rarely found their mark.

The self-proclaimed "Gypsy King", who returned to boxing this year after missing more than two years, had boxed cleverly to evade the heavy-hitting threat of Wilder for most of the fight.

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It may have been only fitting that Fury would headline the first heavyweight title bout on PPV in America since Lennox Lewis-Mike Tyson in 2002.

Especially the Mexican-American for his wide card of 115-111 in favour of the defending WBC champion.

Fury counter-punched his way through the fifth round, though most of the shots he threw upstairs were blocked by Wilder. It was Fury, after all, who started the current heavyweight renaissance by doing the impossible in 2015 to end Klitschko's monotonous lineal reign.

Deontay Wilder lands a left on the jaw of Tyson Fury in the 12th.

He had scored against Wilder with a left hand, right hand combination, only for Wilder to respond with a crashing right hand to the side of Fury's head, which he followed by a left hook to the other side.

Fury had every reason to be unhappy at the judges' verdict.

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