Fury and Wilder draw in spectacular heavyweight title clash

Fury and Wilder draw in spectacular heavyweight title clash

Fury and Wilder draw in spectacular heavyweight title clash

British judge Phil Edwards, meanwhile, couldn't separate the pair and saw the fight as a 113-113 draw, much to the frustration of both fighters and disgust of the fans inside the Staples Centre.

Demonstrating his confidence with early periods of showboating, Fury often became the more consistent aggressor and while resisting occasional powerful punches he also made the world's most risky puncher swing and miss.

A controversial draw was the verdict from the judges at the Deontay Wilder/Tyson FuryWBC Heavyweight title bout in Los Angeles on Saturday night.

With the scores set at 115 - 111 to Wilder, 110 - 114 in favour of Fury, and 113 - 113, that extra point one way or the other was unquestionably the difference between victory, defeat, and the draw.

Manny Pacquiao, who has won world titles in eight weight classes, added on the social networking site: "Respect to Fury for sticking to his game plan and to Wilder for closing the gap with two huge knockdowns!"

Both the stats and the initial watching of the bout all speak in favour of Fury, who did much more boxing than his opponent, employing a ideal game plan against someone who was forced to be much more conservative than at other times in his career.

"But I'm showing total professionalism here". I'm not going to complain. However, the undefeated Gypsy King miraculously stood up in the nick of time and beat the count. I was forcing my punches too much.

Lewis elaborated further on Twitter, saying that the result reminded him of his first bout with American Evander Holyfield in NY in 1999 where controversial judging ruled the fight a draw when most analysts saw it as a win for the Brit.

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. Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) climbed back to his feet and eventually cleared his head, but it seemed as though all momentum had shifted in Wilder's favor.

He said winning would be "the first chapter of a new storybook, the beginning of a new life, a new era of Tyson Fury".

As the fight entered the final round, neither fighter could be certain he was winning.

"If someone showed you a video who didn't know the two fighters in the ring and said "this fella on the canvas actually comes back and almost stops the opponent at the end of the round", no-one would believe you", said Costello. "I was never going to be knocked out tonight".

'And I wanted more than anything tonight to show the world that it can be done.

They opened the fight looking to feel each other out and burned off nervous energy.

Chants of "USA! USA!"

Maurizio Sarri said getting back to winning ways was the most important thing after his Chelsea side secured a routine 2-0 victory over Fulham at Stamford Bridge.

He still ended up flat on the canvas in the 12th round, his eyes rolling backward while Wilder celebrated above him.

"I came out slow". I didn't sit still.

"I was rushing my punches". He freely admitted, "I was too anxious in trying to get him out of there". The Englishman made Wilder miss constantly, particularly ducking under Wilder's big right hand with grace.

Wilder finally found a home for the right hand in the ninth round. But Fury went down again - and almost everybody thought it was for good.

Late in the round, Fury threw his hands in the air and wagged his tongue, imploring Wilder to come at him. "It was a great fight and let's do it again".

Wilder scored two knockdowns and thought he won.

BBC analyst Steve Bunce added: "In addition to bringing a brilliant triangle of fights between the three of them, these two are bringing stuff that those guys back then didn't have".

While Wilder retains his belt, now even more questions exist about his overall skill set.

"I'm what you call a professional athlete who loves to box".

But early in the ninth, Fury went down when he absorbed a shot to the top of the head from Wilder.

Wilder earned at least $4 million to Fury's $3 million, though each will earn millions more thanks to their percentages of the profits from the event.

A year later, he vacated his titles, following an investigation into doping and a cancelled rematch with Klitschko. He got up and withstood Wilder's assault to try to end the fight.

"Now we have to start to play our football in a better way". When you get two warriors you get a great fight.

Finkel also pointed out that it appears these two are actually willing to face one another (again).

"One hundred percent we'll do the rematch", he said. "We are two great champions".

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