Wilder, Fury draw in epic heavyweight showdown

02 December, 2018, 19:43 | Author: Kenneth Collins
  • Wilder retains WBC heavyweight belt after battling to draw against Fury

"We're on away soil, I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight", said England's Fury, whose unbelievable comeback continues following a two and a half-year absence from the sport.?

The answer to that ultimately became clear when, even as their fight progressed into the risky final rounds, he somehow performed with the same sharpness that inspired his memorable victory over Klitschko, even recovering from the second knockdown to end their fight on top.

"I was rushing my punches".

Deontay Wilder, left, and Tyson Fury, of England, trade punches during a WBC heavyweight championship boxing match, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles.

But Fury gradually grew in confidence, regularly taunting Wilder by throwing his arms up in the air or behind his back. He got up and withstood Wilder's assault to try to end the fight. But Fury managed to come through in the sixth, when his combinations caused some swelling around Wilder's left eye. He was already heading to the canvas from Wilder's powerful right hand, but on the way down, Wilder connected with an even more vicious left hook.

It was a matter of whether Fury could hang on to the final bell.

Wilder retains WBC heavyweight belt after battling to draw against Fury

Fans want to see Joshua face either Wilder or Fury, but the demand for a rematch might be too hard to ignore. We can do better in the offensive phase, but today the result was more important. "The respect was mutual".

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.

Lewis, whose first fight with Evander Holyfield ended in a controversial draw in March 1999, empathised with Fury but nevertheless praised his fellow Briton for his showing at the Staples Center. Comedian Romesh Ranganathan was among those staggered by Fury's ability to get back up off the canvas, tweeting: 'This was like the Terminator rebooting'. "In a rematch, I can only imagine that he will be even better prepared". "That's what we proved tonight, and I'm ready to do it again". When you get two warriors you get a great fight.

Fury is also ready to do it again. But as was shown versus Fury, he has the proverbial eraser, one that can cover up a lot of other deficiencies and blemishes.

Manny Pacquiao is looking forward to seeing a second chapter in the Wilder-Fury story after watching "two great heavyweights trading shots".

Despite there being no undisputed victor, both men gave proper respect following the fight, considering themselves the two best heavyweights in the world while also taunting Antony Joshua.

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