Wilder retains WBC heavyweight belt after battling to draw against Fury

Wilder retains WBC heavyweight belt after battling to draw against Fury

Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury bout ends in a controversial draw

"When I rush my punches like that I'm never accurate".

Tyson Fury taunts Deontay Wilder during their heavyweight title bout which ended in a draw.

The WBC champion had said all along he only needed to be flawless for two seconds and it would be lights out for Fury.

While both men thought they won, neither was overly upset by the verdict in front of a frenzied Hollywood crowd.

They are likely to fight again next spring, when Fury would become the favourite, posing a greater threat to Anthony Joshua's status as the world's leading heavyweight. Wilder detonated a short right cross on Fury's face and then followed it up with a left hook to the jaw. Fury was back to his quicksilver boxing in a wonderfully impressive round 10, shaking off the damage sustained in the previous session.

Tyson Fury made a miraculous recovery from a 12th round knockdown when it looked like he was out cold to earn a draw, that should have been a win, against Deontay Wilder. I was forcing my punches too much. I wanted to show the world it's possible. A hard overhand right to the side of Fury's head dropped the Englishman for the first time in the fight.

"?One hundred? percent we'll do the rematch", said Fury, fighting in the first heavyweight title pay-per-view bout in America since 2002.

That's when both hulking men heard a verdict that didn't satisfy them, but almost guaranteed a rematch of this exciting showdown.

"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.

Fury seemed to take the result in good spirits though, especially knowing that a rematch is all but a certainty.

Wilder celebrated as if he had won and members of his entourage moved to climb into the ring, only to stare in disbelief as Fury somehow cleared his head and got to his feet.

Fury by contrast picked his moments to attack, finding Wilder with greater accuracy and causing a nasty swelling over the American's left eye. It doesn't matter to me where we do it.

"I want to win the WBC belt and finish my collection", Fury had said before the bout. Fury used his twitchy movement and near-constant feints to disrupt the rhythm of Wilder, whose trademark looping punches rarely found their mark.

Tapper and Edwards scored rounds two through to four for Fury, having each awarded the opener to Wilder.

He's back: Tyson Fury beats the count and actually comes back at Deontay Wilder after his ninth round knockdown.

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