Wilder, Fury draw in epic heavyweight showdown


WBC strap holder Wilder retained his belt at the Staples Center on Saturday after the bout with Fury was declared a split-decision draw.

Wilder, the undefeated WBC champion retained his title after squaring off against undefeated challenger and former WBA, WBO, IBO, and unofficial lineal champion Fury, in front of nearly 18,000 people at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Boxing definitely won and Tyson Fury won the fight to me.

Fury was disappointed not to have been given the win, but felt he performed better than Joshua would have done - the IBF, WBA and WBO champion having failed to agree terms to fight Wilder this year.

Fury, who vacated his titles in 2016, also thought he had done enough to beat his opponent. Wilder has emerged as a great heavyweight champion, and he continues to prove that.

"I'm not gonna sit here and complain all night, I thought I won the fight", he added.

The fight would last the full twelve rounds, with the judges eventually scoring it a draw:: 115-111 Wilder, 114-110 Fury, 113-113.

Fury and Wilder, who both maintained their unbeaten records, look set for a rematch next year.

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"We're on away soil, I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight", Fury said. "My emotions got the better of me".

Fury's jab did a lot of damage and kept Wilder at bay.

He added: "We might be, as we were hoping in the build-up to the fight, on the verge of an era like Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield and Riddick Bowe - any permutation and combination of these three names fighting for the next two or three years".

"It happened to me and I knew it was going to happen to him".

Speaking as a pundit for BT Sport Box Office, Lewis said: "They need to get some good judges, these judges were bad. If you saw that in Rocky, you would say "pull back Sylvester Stallone, you can't go that far".

Fury also remained the unofficial lineal champion of the heavyweight division by virtue of his victory over Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015. I think when he's exhausted he's more risky because he just flings those punches around and if one of them hit you round the head, you're going to go down and it happened.

"None were like Fury when it came to publicity and generating news stories and none were like Wilder when it came to finding punches and dropping people". A hard overhand right to the side of Fury's head dropped the Englishman for the first time in the fight. Fury was back to his quicksilver boxing in a wonderfully impressive round 10, shaking off the damage sustained in the previous session.