Wilder retains heavyweight crown after Fury thriller ends in draw

Wilder retains heavyweight crown after Fury thriller ends in draw

Fury looked finished when Wilder put him flat on his back with two minutes left in the fight, but he rose and made it to the bell.

Lennox Lewis, former world heavyweight champion, said Fury was the clear victor of the bout, empathising with the "Gypsy King" as he referenced his own fight with Evander Holyfield that ended in a controversial draw back in 1999. I think when he's exhausted he's more unsafe 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. "Let's give the fans what they want to see".

But Fury never defended the belts as his life went into a downward spiral because of drug and alcohol abuse, mental health issues - including depression and suicidal thoughts - and enormous weight gain from around 260 pounds to 400. I wanted to show the world it's possible. But the fight goes to the scorecard, and it ends in a shocking split draw.

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

The self-proclaimed "Gypsy King", who returned to boxing this year after missing more than two years, had boxed cleverly to evade the heavy-hitting threat of Wilder for most of the fight.

Supporters felt Fury had done enough to win the bout, outboxing the reigning champion despite being knocked to the canvas twice.

A right hand sent Fury rocking backwards towards the deck and a brutal left hand on the way down appeared to be the coup de grace for the challenger.

The champion began to fall short with jabs, and watched Fury comfortably take a left uppercut as he pursued the knockout while his left eye began to swell.

The triumvirate of Anthony Joshua, Wilder and Fury promise some great bouts at heavyweight in the years ahead.

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Late in the round, Fury threw his hands in the air and wagged his tongue, imploring Wilder to come at him.

As the count of Jack Reiss, the referee, reached five, Fury seemed to wake up.

When it was over Wilder and Fury, who have admitted that they like each other despite the harsh words in the days before the fight, hugged it out.

"I would love for it to be my next fight", Wilder said.

"Now we have to start to play our football in a better way". "That's what we proved tonight and I'm ready to do it again".

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

"We're on away soil", he said.

"In two or three weeks, I think they will defend very well, and to play against them in a month will be a problem for every team".

"We can only do our best in that ring, no matter what anyone says, Deontay is a great champion", Fury said.

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