Wilder retains WBC title after contentious draw with Fury

Fury was the better man throughout. Image PA Images

Fury was the better man throughout. Image PA Images

Heavyweight world titleholder Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury fought to a split-decision draw Saturday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

One judge scored the bout 115-111 for Wilder, another 114-112 for Fury, and the third 113-113, allowing Wilder to retain his WBC belt and prompting inevitable and justified calls for a rematch.

He said: '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 tonight.

Fury meanwhile insisted he had done enough to win.

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Both fighters are expected to meet again in a rematch, with Fury determined to prove himself as the rightful victor in a second fight. But a huge straight right from Fury gave the champion something to think about, and was perhaps the Englishman's best punch at that point.

Fury by contrast cleverly picked his moments, finding Wilder with greater accuracy and causing a nasty swelling over the American's left eye.

Replays showed Fury may have been slightly off balance when he shipped the punch that floored him, which landed on the back of his shaven head. At the end of the round, and following Wilder's usual late flurry, the two became entangled, Fury taking the chance to mock his man with severely odd tongue movements. I went to Germany to fight Klitschko, I came to America to fight Deontay Wilder.

There is, however, doubt as to whether Wilder would take a rematch.

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

The champion scored two knockdowns in the contest but struggled throughout to find the target against the tricky and tactically astute Fury, who used his superior boxing skills to control proceedings for long spells.

"The AJ fight is up to them, they have to stop being cowards, we are moving on from him", Wilder said.

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