Fury v Wilder ends in controversial draw

Sergio Cunningham
December 3, 2018

Tyson Fury, following his Saturday night, December 1, boxing match against Deontay Wilder that ended in a draw, has said that he would donate his $10 million fight purse to help the poor and build houses for homeless people.

Fury won the WBA (super), WBO, IBF, IBO, Ring and lineal versions of the title in November 2015 when he beat Wladimir Klitschko in Düsseldorf.

And Manchester United fan Fury had another venue to add to the list, the fighter interrupting Warren to say: "Old Trafford!"

Supporters felt Fury had done enough to win the bout, outboxing the reigning champion despite being knocked to the canvas twice.

"We will be writing to the WBC, asking that they review this, look at what has gone on and order a rematch", he said. I came here tonight and I fought my heart out.

He had earlier frustrated Wilder with his jab and a succession of accurate right hands, but the American's late attack salvaged his WBC belt on the scorecards.

"I think with the two knockdowns I definitely won the fight", said Wilder afterwards.

Tyson Fury dominated long stretches of his heavyweight title bout against Deontay Wilder with shifty technique and graceful defense. I went to Germany to fight [Wladimir] Klitschko, and I went to America to fight Deontay Wilder.

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Trainer Dave Coldwell tweeted: "I gave Wilder two 10-8s and one other round".

During the twelfth and final round between long-out-of-the-game Tyson Fury and now undefeated Deontay Wilder, Fury was dealt a vicious combination of blows, culminating in a hook that initially seemed to knock him out cold. "I had to get up and show that you can continue, that you can carry on and anything is possible".

"I said, 'I'm sorry what's happened to you.' I said, 'But you offer me the fight, ' I said, 'I will not turn it down". Fury may have taken the eighth with a combination that ended in two strong rights that stunned Wilder, but the champion landed a combination of overhands in the ninth that dropped the challenger, with Fury getting up at the count of nine.

"And if I can come back from where I've come from then you can do it too".

A punch to the top of Fury's head shockingly put him down in the ninth, but he bounced up quickly.

- SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) December 2, 2018Two great champions. But in the 12th, Deontay Wilder almost went the distance, sending Wilder to the canvas for the second in a late push for the win. After Joshua-Wilder negotiations fell apart, the always opportunistic Fury sped up his comeback plans to call out Wilder and play spoiler on the division's best-laid plans.

Fury counter-punched his way through the fifth round, though most of the shots he threw upstairs were blocked by Wilder. In his worst state, Fury was almost 400 pounds. Wilder's got lightning fists and he has dynamite in his hands.

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