Wilder retains WBC heavyweight belt after battling to draw against Fury

Wilder retains WBC heavyweight belt after battling to draw against Fury

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder have targeted a rematch after they thrillingly fought to a draw in their WBC heavyweight title fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

America's Alejandro Rochin judge gave Wilder the win 115-111, with the Canadian judge Robert Tapper giving Fury the nod 114-111.

While Wilder kept his belt, Fury remained the unofficial lineal champion of the heavyweight division by virtue of his victory over Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015.

Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) is coming off a victory this past March over Luis Ortiz in which he had his loyal fanbase a bit anxious. Big up to Tyson Fury who never ceases to amaze me. Early on Wilder just missed with some big punches but as the rounds progressed Wilder started lunging more and missing by wider margins. I came here and I fought my heart out.

But Fury, in part with motivation from Wilder, eventually got his life under control and returned to the ring in June after a 31-month layoff and won two fights in a row before agreeing to face Wilder.

Judge Phil Edwards and the Associated Press scored it a 113-113 draw, with Wilder's knockdowns compensating for Fury's superior technique.

Each will look at moments in the fight and wish they'd done something differently, but when you're fighting the best in the world, it's not simple to do what you want when you want.

This truly is one of the most anticipated heavyweight title showdowns we've seen in quite some time, and below is all the information you need to catch the historic fight on Saturday. I thought I won the fight. Fury used his twitchy movement and near-constant feints to disrupt the rhythm of Wilder, whose trademark looping punches rarely found their mark.

In the ninth, Wilder found success when he walked the challenger down, landing with a right that put Fury on the backseat of his trousers.

To that end, Fury came out the next round much like he did in the seventh, landing several unanswered left hand, right hand combinations to regain the momentum he lost the previous round. "Fury's stock went up!" But Fury went down again - and almost everybody thought it was for good. Everyone from Chadwick Boseman, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Shaquille O'Neal to boxing stars Gennady Golovkin and Mikey Garcia gathered for the marquee heavyweight bout.

Now, Tyson Fury gets his fair share of plaudits, but being compared to The Phenom, one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, has to be right up there.

The 10-8 round proved crucial in the final reckoning, though.

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