Deontay "Bronze Bomber" Wilder and Tyson "Gypsy King" Fury has ended a draw, despite the American dropping the former champion twice in his defense of the WBC world title in their heavyweight clash in Los Angeles. Wilder surprisingly got the nod by a 115-111 margin from judge Alejandro Rochin, but Fury was awarded the fight 114-112 by Robert Tapper.
He also praised Fury's performance, adding: "I just saw @Tyson_Fury come back from drugs, depression, two years of inactivity and massive weight loss to outbox the WBC Heavyweight champion, who was gifted a draw!"
Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) was making his eighth title defense. While Joshua ended up facing his WBA mandatory challenger, Alexander Povetkin, back on September 22, Wilder took the fight with Fury.
"I hope I did you all proud after almost three years out of the ring", Fury said. "I started overthrowing the right hand, and I just couldn't adjust". I came here tonight and I fought my heart out.
"I think with the two knockdowns I definitely won the fight", said Wilder afterwards.
Judge Phil Edwards and the Associated Press scored it a 113-113 draw, with Wilder's knockdowns compensating for Fury's superior technique.
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"We're the two best in the world and we proved it".
"Listen 100 per cent we'll do the rematch, but we're going to go away, recalculate, see what's going to happen, get back together", he said.
Staples Center had a frenzied atmosphere after the high-energy introductions, but the fighters settled into a technical bout early. For his part, Fury wasn't initiating much offense either but was still winning rounds with his long jab and occasional right hand. A hard overhand right to the side of Fury's head dropped the Englishman for the first time in the fight.
There were two different answers from Fury for the questions.
Fury landed the better shots in the remainder of the ninth when Wilder was looking for the finish.
The fight attracted the celebrity attention expected in Hollywood from actors and athletes alike.