Tyson Fury serenades media with 'American Pie' song in press conference

Tyson Fury serenades media with 'American Pie' song in press conference

Tyson Fury serenades media with 'American Pie' song in press conference

The US boxer Deontay Wilder praised his British opponent Tyson Fury after a thrilling heavyweight contest in Los Angeles.

It was a buzzkill ending to what had been an entertaining fight in which Fury used constant movement and sharp punching to win rounds, while Wilder waited patiently to land the big punch.

And although one judge scored the fight in Fury's favour, Alejandro Rochin had it 115-11 to Wilder while the third official had it as a tie.

The scorecards showed that Wilder benefited greatly from his two knockdowns in the ninth and the 12th, which all three judges scored 10-8 in favor of the champion.

"At this point we don't know what is going to be next", said Shelly Finkel, who manages Wilder and has been frustrated in what he believes have been fruitless discussions in the past with Hearn to make this particular fight.

Fury had twice previously recovered from knockdowns to remain undefeated, and this time the 30-year-old fought back and stuck out his tongue in a sign of his self-belief.

Wilder at first celebrated with a shimmy only to appear stunned when Fury beat the count and got back on his feet.

Fans and pundits have reacted with disbelief after Tyson Fury's world title bout with Deontay Wilder ended a draw.

"We're on away soil, I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight", said England's Fury, whose awesome comeback continues following a two and a half-year absence from the sport.? "I thought I won the fight. We're both warriors but with those two drops I think I won the fight", he said in the ring after the fight.

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

This pairing of heavyweights, who's size was only dwarfed by their colorful personalities, was one that for the most part was controlled by the strategic boxing of Fury, 27, who for long stretches put on a masterclass exhibition of boxing.

Until Wilder's sensational final round knockdown, Fury appeared to be heading for what would have been a remarkable upset. That man is a fearsome puncher, but I avoided his shots tonight. I went to Germany to fight [Wladimir] Klitschko and I've come to America to fight Wilder.

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder embrace after their WBC heavyweight championship boxing match, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles.

They embraced warmly and immediately talked about a rematch in the spring. "I was on the brink of suicide, and I came back", he said.

"This has been a great night for the sport, for heavyweight boxing, and heavyweight boxing in the USA", said Costello.

"I literally saw this man's eyes roll into the back of his head, and I thought it was over".

Supporters felt Fury had done enough to win the bout, outboxing the reigning champion despite being knocked to the canvas twice.

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