Wilder retains WBC heavyweight belt after battling to draw against Fury

Eloise Marshall
December 2, 2018

Fans and pundits have reacted with disbelief after Tyson Fury's world title bout with Deontay Wilder ended a draw.

Deontay Wilder, left, and Tyson Fury, of England, trade punches during a WBC heavyweight championship boxing match, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles.

"We're on away soil, I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight", said Fury, who out-landed Wilder 84-71 overall.

How did you score last night's WBC heavyweight title fight between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury?

The three judges were divided on the outcome, with one scoring it 115-111 for Wilder, another 114-112 for Fury and the third 113-113.

With the vast majority of the fans inside Staples Center and across social media believing Fury had done more than enough to win, the fight ended without a victor.

- SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) December 2, 2018Two great champions. I think when he's exhausted he's more risky because he just flings those punches around and if one of them hit you round the head, you're going to go down and it happened. "At the count of six, Fury, who stands at 6'9" 256 pounds, rose to his feet.

That's when both hulking men heard a verdict that didn't satisfy them, but almost guaranteed a rematch of this exciting showdown.

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This pairing of heavyweights, who's size was only dwarfed by their colorful personalities, was one that for the most part was controlled by the strategic boxing of Fury, 27, who for long stretches put on a masterclass exhibition of boxing. I wanted to show the world it's possible.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live's boxing podcast, Costello said: "It has created all this controversy and debate, but it came at the end not of a stinker, as many of us feared, but it's a draw that we are all talking about - it's contentious for me, rather than controversial".

Wilder's 12th-round knockdown proved crucial on the judges' scorecards, but Fury insisted home advantage saved his rival from losing his WBC title. I rushed my punches. I was too hesitant. The Alabama native crashed a right hand just above Fury's ear in the eighth, sending him to the canvas.

Fury by contrast picked his moments to attack, finding Wilder with greater accuracy and causing a nasty swelling over the American's left eye.

Fury responded admirably to a big step up in competition after a lengthy absence and two warmup bouts, but Wilder got him in just enough trouble to earn a draw.

"The rematch, I guarantee I'm going to get him", Wilder said.

"In two or three weeks, I think they will defend very well, and to play against them in a month will be a problem for every team".

Fury's compatriot and promising fellow heavyweight Joe Joyce had earlier secured his seventh professional victory when he stopped Joe Hanks of America in two minutes and 25 seconds.

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