Wilder remains WBC heavyweight champion after draw with Fury

Wilder remains WBC heavyweight champion after draw with Fury

While Fury will perhaps be aggrieved not to have taken the fight on the judges scorecards as even the most partisan American fan could see that the British challenger had outpointed his rival, he showed admirable heart to survive the force of the Alabama man's blows.

The thrilling bout ended in a split draw, with Wilder retaining his WBC championship title for an eighth time.

During the twelfth and final round between long-out-of-the-game Tyson Fury and now undefeated Deontay Wilder, Fury was dealt a vicious combination of blows, culminating in a hook that initially seemed to knock him out cold.

Judge Robert Tapper scored the fight 114-112 for Fury, while Alejandro Rochin favored Wilder 115-111.

"Wilder's got lightning fists and dynamite in his hands, he's a great fighter, I respect him a lot".

In the final round Wilder socked Fury with a stinging right-left combination that sent him flying backwards, smacking his head off the canvas.

"The world knows who the real WBC champion is".

As you can see there, it doesn't take Fury too long to get back up on his fight and continue on into the fight, but it was the WAY that Fury got back up that grabbed the attention of most viewers.

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"The rematch I guarantee I'm going to get him". "That's what we proved tonight, and I'm ready to do it again". 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.

"We are two great champions".

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

Fury's incredible recovery inspired multiple references to The Undertaker, the WWE icon who also dramatically got up from a coffin and after a knockdown. It was a display of skill which would cause Joshua, the IBF, WBA and WBO champion plenty of problems should the pair meet in the ring. "Me and this man are the two best heavyweights on the planet", added Fury, who exited his press conference after leading a rousing chorus of Don McLean's classic "American Pie".

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

"I really thought I had him out of there", Wilder said afterwards.

The first half of the fight was extremely hard to call with so many tight rounds.

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