Deontay Wilder retains heavyweight crown after Fury thriller ends in draw
02 December, 2018, 18:27 | Author: Heather Diaz
Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder and Tyson "The Gypsy King" Fury fought to a split-decision draw on Saturday night from STAPLES Center??in??arguably?one of the best heavyweight fights in years?.?
For a couple of seconds in round 12, it seemed that Wilder destroyed Fury with a couple of brutal punches, sending him crushing onto the canvas.
"Listen, we are on away soil and I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won the fight, and I believe every man in here believes I won too", Fury said in his post-fight interview with Showtime Boxing.
Judge Robert Tapper scored the fight 114-110 for Fury, while Alejandro Rochin favoured Wilder 115-111.
"With the two knockdowns I definitely won the fight", said the American.
"None of us can complain, both of us are going home to our families". 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. In his worst state, Fury was almost 400 pounds.
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Instead, the main talking point from a thrilling contest was Fury's miraculous recovery after being knocked down by Wilder in the 12th round. From our side we want that undisputed fight ASAP, and that's DeontayWilder in April 13 at Wembley.
Without that punch, it is likely that the judges wouldn't have dared to take the step of gifting Wilder a draw. "It was a great fight and let's do it again". I know when I try to get them out of there the plan goes.
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".
But Fury gradually grew in confidence, regularly taunting Wilder by throwing his arms up in the air or behind his back.
According to CompuBox punch statistics, Wilder landed 71 of 430 shots (17 percent), and Fury landed 84 of 327 (26 percent).
He came close, dropping Fury in the ninth round and again in the final round, but Fury showed the same kind of heart and will that helped him overcome the nightmare of the past three years since he won three major titles and the lineal championship three years ago this week in a monumental upset of Klitschko, the longtime champion.
Former two-weight world champion Andre Ward wrote on Twitter: "A draw, I understand (even tho I feel Fury won by a 2 or 3 rds)". I'm six foot nine and 260 pounds - I don't know anyone on the planet who can move like that. It doesn't matter to me where we do it.
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