Published: Sun, December 02, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Wilder keeps heavyweight title, fights Fury to split draw

Wilder keeps heavyweight title, fights Fury to split draw

Tyson Fury can feel hard done by after a split-decision draw with Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles.

The thrilling fight hosted at Staples Center in Los Angeles, left several fans debating and declaring their won victor of the fight, that had two knockdowns.

Wilder (40-0-1) floored Fury (27-0-1) in the ninth and 12th rounds, yet Fury clearly outboxed Wilder for large portions of the remainder of their entertaining showdown at Staples Center.

In the champion's favour were the two knockdowns he managed against the challenger, which nonetheless should have been insufficient in helping him to a draw.

While many believed Fury should have had his hands raised in victory, Robert Tapper had Wilder up by the score of 114-112, while Alejandro Rochin tabbed Fury by the tally of 115-111 and Phil Edwards had it dead even at 113-113.

Wilder, the more aggressive of the two fighters early on, quickly moved into the lead after the opening rounds.

Neither man was overly upset by the verdict after a compelling bout in front of a frenzied Hollywood crowd. "I thought I won the fight". Fury responded admirably to a big step up in competition after a 2-1/2 year ring absence and two warmup bouts, but Wilder got him in just enough trouble to earn a draw.

"I'm just going to enjoy the moment because the last big fight I didn't enjoy the moment", said Fury.

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Prizes include, a trip to Old Trafford to watch Man United take on Liverpool in the Premier League, tickets to Ireland's home games in the Six Nations, All Ireland football and hurling final tickets and much more. "The world knows I won the fight".

Further success in the 10th round when he landed with both lefts and rights and hurt Wilder, 33, again gave him the momentum when it became increasingly clear the champion was running out of time.

In the post-match conference Fury said a "holy hand" helped him get back on his feet and spoke of overcoming mental health issues and fighting back from suicide.

Wilder also pledged to win the rematch, admitting his performance on Saturday was below par. I rushed my punches. "I got depressed right away, afterwords".

Fury also taunted Anthony Joshua from the ring without mentioning the undefeated holder of the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO crowns by name.

"For the good of the sport, a draw has been a great result", said Costello.

As several former heavyweights had predicted beforehand, the longer the fight went on, the more Fury looked in control.

Wilder looked like he wanted to attack Fury's body early then went head hunting in the middle rounds without much success.

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