Wilder retains WBC heavyweight belt after battling to draw against Fury

Sergio Cunningham
December 2, 2018

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.

Until Wilder's sensational final round knockdown, Fury appeared to be heading for what would have been a remarkable upset.

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

An affair that was expected to be cagey instead produced 12 thrilling rounds that made a rematch inevitable even before the scores were announced. Phil Edwards scored it a 113-113 draw, as did The Post.

"I came here and fought my heart out - he [Wilder] is the second best heavyweight behind me".

"We're on away soil", he said. But the fight goes to the scorecard, and it ends in a shocking split draw.

Tyson Fury dominated long stretches of his heavyweight title bout against Deontay Wilder with shifty technique and graceful defense.

Lewis was also critical of Wilder's performance and believes the American relies too much on his vaunted power, having secured 39 knockouts in his 40 professional fights before facing Fury.

But the contest was scored 115-111 for Wilder, 114-112 for Fury and 113-113 as a draw was declared, meaning Wilder retained his WBC heavyweight title. But Fury just beat the count and survived the round as a crowd of 17,698 roared its approval.

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Fury also taunted Anthony Joshua, the undefeated holder of the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO crowns, from the ring.

On the first occasion, the fall was not as extreme as in the final round but as he has displayed in the past, it appears that heavy falls only serve to strengthen the resolve of Fury.

"When you consider how all week we have heard that not many people know who Wilder is, they will now - and Fury has done wonders for his own reputation beyond our shores. It was a great fight and let's do it again". "That's what we proved tonight, and I'm ready to do it again".

Fury, who won the unified world title from Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 only to lose his belts as he battled depression, alcohol and drug problems, was equally baffled. Mental health issues added to Fury's demise to the point he contemplated suicide. They will nearly certainly earn much more in a rematch of the most significant heavyweight world title fight in the United States since Lennox Lewis, in what turned out to be his final fight, stopped fellow Hall of Famer Vitali Klitschko in the sixth round of an epic slugfest to retain the title in 2003, coincidentally also at Staples Center. After two tune-up fights, he agreed to challenge Wilder in America for the only belt Fury didn't win off Klitschko, the WBC belt.

Fury used his twitchy movement and near-constant feints to disrupt the Wilder's rhythm.

The opening rounds were to Fury's liking.

"None were like Fury when it came to publicity and generating news stories and none were like Wilder when it came to finding punches and dropping people".

He came back with a series of punches, but nothing landed cleanly, and Fury tied him up and then landed another right hand.

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