Deontay Wilder retains heavyweight crown after Fury thriller ends in draw

Eloise Marshall
December 3, 2018

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury fought to an incredible draw in their heavyweight title bout in Los Angeles on Saturday night, despite many observers believing the Briton had outboxed the WBC champion.

The 30-year-old still found cause for optimism after another impressive display at world title level, over three years after he took Wladimir Klitschko's world titles with a points win. "I think I had the holy hands on me tonight and I was brought back and rose me to my feet on the brink of defeat", Fury said. "We're both warriors, but with those two drops, I think I won the fight".

"I fought back from suicide, from mental anxiety and depression". The Englishman made Wilder look limited at times, the American content - or only able - to walk forward trying to set up that bazooka of a right hand. I was never going to be knocked down tonight. You can't take anything away from me or Wilder; we done our best.

The hard-hitting Wilder knocked Fury down twice, including a brutal right-left combination that sent the towering Fury to the canvas in the 12th in what initially looked to be the end of the fight. Showed good heart to get back up.

He said on Sportsweek: "When you are at a boxing event only three people can be the judges because they are fully concentrated in the actions".

Somehow, someway he managed to rise at the exact moment all hope was lost in a moment that properly encapsulated the personal journey that led Fury to the fight.

"The world knows who the real WBC champion is".

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder couldn't be separated on points as they fought an exciting draw in the WBC world heavyweight title clash in Los Angeles
Wilder remains WBC heavyweight champion after draw with Fury

"I'm what you call a professional athlete, who loves to box", Fury told BT Sport Box Office.

"When you're at each other and you have a great fight, we give each other all we've got". Everybody knows I won that fight. I went to Germany to fight Klitschko, I came to America to fight Deontay Wilder.

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!"

Despite the knockdown it was Fury looking the fresher man and Wilder was unable to take advantage of his 10-8 round in the 10th.

Simply getting himself back to this point was shocking enough, but taking the best shot of the sport's most unsafe puncher and outclassing him in the process was likely enough to see the 30-year-old anointed as a British and Irish Traveller folk hero.

Fury's extraordinary Lazarus act however ensured the fight would go to the judges. But Fury went down again - and almost everybody thought it was for good.

Since then, he has been the third longest reigning WBO heavyweight champion.

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