Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder fight to split decision

Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder fight to split decision

Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder fight to split decision

Wilder thought he had done enough to win the fight.

Alejandro Rochin of Mexico had it 115-111 for Wilder, while Robert Tapper of Canada saw it 114-110 for Fury.

Wilder retained his strap after the split decision draw at Staples Centre.

Both men weren't overly upset by the verdict after a compelling bout in front of a frenzied Hollywood crowd. Fury opened with a hard right, but Wilder flushed him with a devastating right-left combination that put Fury down. "We're both warriors but with those two drops I think I won the fight", he said in the ring after the fight.

"I'm not going to sit here and complain, and scream robbery or whatever", Fury said. I went to Germany to fight [Wladimir] Klitschko and I've come to America to fight Wilder.

Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs), 30, of England, clowned around by putting his hands behind his back and bobbing his head, but he eventually began landing jabs to the head and body as Wilder was wild with his punches.

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

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The answer to that ultimately became clear when, even as their fight progressed into the unsafe 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.

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Wilder also sent Fury to the floor in the ninth round with a right hand behind the ear and a short left hook. "I've got good fighting spirit". "The world knows I won the fight", Fury said. I know when I try to get them out of there the plan goes.

But Fury gradually grew in confidence, regularly taunting Wilder by throwing his arms up in the air or behind his back. In an incredible turn of events, however, Fury summoned his inner Michael Myers and somehow rose to his feet at the count of nine.

Wilder, who also had Fury on the deck in the ninth round, was adamant he had won. "Why not? Let's give the fans what they want to see".

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. "That's what we proved tonight, and I'm ready to do it again". "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".

"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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