Wilder retains WBC title after contentious draw with Fury

Eloise Marshall
December 2, 2018

"It was what it was", Fury said.

"The only thing against him is he'd had a long lay-off (of nearly three years), and he's not boxed anywhere near the class he needs to now", McDermott, the last fighter said to have beaten Fury, told Press Association Sport.

Meanwhile, Tyson Fury will enter tonight's highly anticipated title fight with a spotless 27-0 record, his latest win coming over Francesco Pianeta this past August.

The fighters will meet in the center of the ring in the biggest heavyweight title fight on US soil since 2002 when plenty at stake for both, including a possible date with unified champion Anthony Joshua in 2019. Inexplicably, in a massive show of heart, he pulled himself up again and with just under two minutes left, managed to make it to the finish.

Wilder landed just 71 of 430 punches thrown, or 17 per cent. "Me and this man are the two best heavyweights on the planet". "So I am happy either or, I'm happy to fight Joshua or rematch Fury". God bless America. The "Gypsy King" has returned. "I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won the fight, and I believe every man in here thought I won that fight", said Fury. "The world knows I won the fight".

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"With the two knockdowns I definitely won".

He will be reminded that Tyson Fury is a most hard man to encounter and that Deontay Wilder is a terribly risky puncher.

"We're the two best in the world and we proved it".

It was a matter of whether Fury could hang on to the final bell. Fury used his twitchy movement and near-constant feints to disrupt the rhythm of Wilder, whose trademark looping punches rarely found their mark. The Englishman made Wilder miss constantly, particularly ducking under Wilder's big right hand with grace.

Classy combinations drew cheers from his supporters as Wilder failed to rise to the occasion, often missing the target horribly as he tried to land a big punch.

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