Wilder retains WBC title after contentious draw with Fury

Wilder retains WBC title after contentious draw with Fury

Javier Howell
December 3, 2018

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.

The champion scored two knockdowns in the contest but struggled throughout to find the target against the tricky and tactically astute Fury, who used his superior boxing skills to control proceedings for long spells.

Here, Press Association Sport revisits four of the fights that have helped the class rediscover its glamour.

It is even likely that a London football stadium, like where Anthony Joshua has established himself as the IBF, WBA and WBO champion, would be considered as the venue for a potential rematch in the spring.

"I believe the fight with Tyson Fury is the stronger fight", said co-manager Shelly Finkel. SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION will air live on SHOWTIME and stream for free on the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel and Facebook page immediately preceding the Wilder vs. Fury SHOWTIME PPV. Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) had tremendous difficulty in finding a rhythm and was largely relegated to throwing single punches, most of which were easily defended by Fury.

"I'm happy for the fight", Fury said.

"The rematch, I guarantee I'm going to get him", Wilder said.

"Tyson will fight in the United Kingdom again". It doesn't matter to me where we do it.

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Any rematch between Wilder and Fury is guaranteed to be the most lucrative fight of their career to date.

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.

"We gave each other all we've got", Wilder said. "The world knows I won the fight", said Fury, in the immediate aftermath of his effort.

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

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.

On the way down the American caught the challenger with a left and Fury seemed to be knocked down and out.

How Fury was able to recover drew an awed response from anyone who witnessed. He came close, dropping Fury in the ninth round and again in the final round, but Fury showed the same kind of heart and will that helped him overcome the nightmare of the past three years since he won three major titles and the lineal championship three years ago this week in a monumental upset of Klitschko, the longtime champion.