Published: Mon, December 03, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Deontay Wilder retains WBC heavyweight title after thrilling draw with Tyson Fury

Deontay Wilder retains WBC heavyweight title after thrilling draw with Tyson Fury

In the second-biggest fight of the year after Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin 2, the Staples Center crowd certainly got their money's worth.

After the fight, Fury, sporting crimson abrasions around the eyes, spoke to reporters to herald his emerging victorious from a battle that rather took place far from the ring lights. What the H-E- just happened?!?!?!

The Bronze Bomber Deontay Wilder says he is ready to knock out Tyson Fury in front of his family members.

Other sportsmen paid tribute to the efforts of both fighters, with former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand saluting Fury for how he has dealt with his personal demons. "The world knows I won the fight".

Turning to and looking into the camera, he continued: "Every body out there who has the same problems I've been suffering with - I did that for you guys".

"When you're on your back flat out, you don't know what your legs will be like", he said.

A day after the controversial result, Fury was more vocal about his disappointment in the result. "I think I had the holy hands on me tonight and I was brought back and rose me to my feet on the brink of defeat", Fury said. I'm just a fighter, I'm not the judges. Never before, has an American holding the Heavyweight strap achieved so much with so little fanfare - but this fight has seemingly altered his course for the better, for even the casual boxing fan was bewitched by Wilder's otherworldly charisma, and intrigued by his knockout potential.

"It is no secret I have been trying to fight Joshua".

Wilder jumped aboard: "I 100 per cent agree with that". "I thought I won the fight". He also didn't do anything to dissuade the idea that he's still the best heavyweight in the world. No wonder AJ didn't want no part of that right hand.

Fury struggled to generate consistent offense until a strong sixth round, likely costing himself early rounds.

"The ref said, 'Go left, go right. You can't take it with you so I might as well do something with it and help out people who can't help themselves", he said.

Manny Pacquiao, who has won world titles in eight weight classes, added on the social networking site: "Respect to Fury for sticking to his game plan and to Wilder for closing the gap with two huge knockdowns!"

British judge Phil Edwards couldn't separate Fury and Wilder and there was a mathematical error on the scorecard which gave "The Gypsy King" the win but the most egregious tally of all came from Mexican official Alejandro Rochin, who gave Wilder a 115-111 victory.

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