Deontay Wilder retains heavyweight crown after Fury thriller ends in draw


Fury looked finished when Wilder put him flat on his back with two minutes left in the fight, but he rose and made it to the bell. I was too hesitant. But 115-111 for Wilder is bad, just awful!

Joshua might be the biggest star in global boxing and a champion who regularly fights in front of upwards of 80,000 in his native England yet it's possible Saturday's performance saw Fury become the face of the division again, primarily in the US, where Wilder has had trouble gaining traction as a crossover star.

Surely thinking his eighth successful defence of his WBC strap was secure, Wilder began to celebrate in the ring.

"Fury is very fast with the jab and in pulling off combinations, Deontay is depending on a big punch", was the correct analysis from Floyd Mayweather on American television during the fifth round break.

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The Briton, his face marked and his hands sore after the battle, said: "I've never seen a worse decision in my life".

A rematch of what was a superb fight is definitely on the cards.

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! I thought I won the fight.", Fury said at the post-fight press conference.

Regardless of the result, the boxing world has applauded the Englishman, who in less than a year has lost over 60kg and given a lesson in boxing to a unsafe opponent in LA, just as did against Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf.

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Fury's struggles with drugs, alcohol and mental health are well known. "I was on the brink of suicide, and I came back", he said.

"Everybody out there, who has the same problems, I did that for you guys". He's one of the best refs I've ever experienced.

"I see it in boxing, they get up after a few seconds and the legs are gone".

Fury has been hailed a hero for beating the count after being sent crashing to the canvas with a devastating left hook in the 12th and final round.

But early in the ninth, Fury went down when he absorbed a shot to the top of the head from Wilder.

"It's an iconic comeback". In his worst state, Fury was almost 400 pounds. Everyone from Chadwick Boseman, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Shaquille O'Neal to boxing stars Gennady Golovkin and Mikey Garcia gathered for the marquee heavyweight bout.

The Staples Center card also featured Jarrett Hurd retaining the IBF/WBA Super Welterweight Titles with a fourth-round knockout of Jason Welborn.

Cuba's Luis Ortiz knocked down Travis Kauffman three times before stopping him late in the 10th round, and British heavyweight Joe Joyce improved to 7-0 with a first-round stoppage of Joe Hanks.