In a decision that will forever be debated, WBC heavyweight titlist, Deontay Wilder retained his belt with a controversial draw versus the crafty, Tyson Fury on Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. But when it came to the judges' decision it was decided a draw was the outcome and now both fighters face a re-rematch. And by the looks of the celebrations from Wilder and his entourage, they thought the fight was over.
He also praised Fury's performance, adding: "I just saw @Tyson_Fury come back from drugs, depression, two years of inactivity and massive weight loss to outbox the WBC Heavyweight champion, who was gifted a draw!" Wilder then went on the chase, and the referee appeared to be close to stopping the fight, but Fury fired back in the final minute of the fight.
"They need to get some good judges, these judges were awful", he said. "I had a holy hand upon me tonight and brought me back".
It was the final round and in the eyes of most of the people watching, Deontay Wilder had just done enough to separate his opponent Tyson Fury from his consciousness. 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. The man himself credited God with helping him to continue the fight.
Because of a rematch clause, both fighters were asked if they would like to do it again. Listen, I'm not going to take anything from Wilder, he's a great champion and a great man.
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.
Fury, fighting for the third time this year with 26-year-old trainer Ben Davison in his corner, also had former boxing champion Ricky Hatton and seven-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach in his corner.
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According to CompuBox punch statistics, Wilder landed 71 of 430 shots (17 percent), and Fury landed 84 of 327 (26 percent).
And Davison went one further by claiming the Los Angeles crowd should be grateful for Fury's actions.
Fury has been commended for keeping his composure when the scorecards were read out but in his post-fight press conference, "The Gypsy King" did take the opportunity to voice his disappointment regarding the official from Great Britain.
There were plenty more backing Fury on social media.
Wilder responded with increasingly desperate flurries of big punches, very few of which found their mark.
Tyson Fury dominated long stretches of his heavyweight title bout against Deontay Wilder with shifty technique and graceful defense.
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.
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