Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury bout ends in a controversial draw

Kristopher Nichols
December 3, 2018

They will nearly certainly earn much more in a rematch of the most significant heavyweight world title fight in the United States since Lennox Lewis, in what turned out to be his final fight, stopped fellow Hall of Famer Vitali Klitschko in the sixth round of an epic slugfest to retain the title in 2003, coincidentally also at Staples Center. Fury-Wilder II might be the preferred choice after the unsatisfying ending to their fight Saturday night at the Staples Center.

The thrilling draw at Los Angeles' Staples Center between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder was the latest classic in a heavyweight division that has emerged from its most forgettable era.

Judge Robert Tapper scored the fight 114-112 for Fury, while Alejandro Rochin favored Wilder 115-111. "I came here tonight and I fought my heart out".

The 256½-pound Fury, who held a 44-pound weight advantage, bounced back well in the 10th round, and it was clear Wilder was becoming frustrated by his movement.

Even though Wilder made a throat-slashing gesture and mouthed "It's over", Fury beat the count and went back to work.

It wasn't until the ninth round that Wilder landed a heavy blow. From our side we want that undisputed fight ASAP and that's Deontay Wilder in April 13 at Wembley.

"One hundred percent we'll do the rematch", Fury said.

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Deontay Wilder, left, and Tyson Fury, of England, trade punches during a WBC heavyweight championship boxing match, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles.

"I'm what you call a pro athlete that loves to box".

Also considering the potential for a rematch, Fury's promoter Frank Warren told Press Association Sport: "It's a great fight and if it turns out as I expect I'm sure there'll be a rematch. The respect was mutual".

Classy combinations drew cheers from his supporters as Wilder failed to rise to the occasion, often missing the target horribly as he tried to land a big punch.

"The rematch, I guarantee I'm going to get him", Wilder said. I think my emotions got the best of me and I don' think, I know, my emotions got the best of me just wanting to just really get him out of there. It was a great fight, so let's do it again.

"I would love it to be in London; if it's a good fight straight into a soccer stadium". I just showed the world tonight, everyone suffering with mental health, that you can come back and it can be done. It doesn't matter to me where we do it.

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