Wilder keeps heavyweight title, fights Fury to split draw

Wilder keeps heavyweight title, fights Fury to split draw

Wilder keeps heavyweight title, fights Fury to split draw

I was too hesitant. "So I am happy either or, I'm happy to fight Joshua or rematch Fury".

The 30-year-old "Gypsy King", who returned to boxing this year after missing more than two years through depression, drink and drug problems, had boxed cleverly to evade the heavy-hitting threat of Wilder for most of the fight.

Fury did his best to try to goad Wilder, shouting and gesticulating at his American opponent, who donned a mask and refused to react to the challenger's antics.

"As expected, the towering 6'9" Fury presented an awkward target for the 6'7" Wilder, with jittery limbs in constant motion stationed just outside a comfortable countering range.

The showdown between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury had no victor as one judge said Fury won, one said Wilder, and the third ruled it a draw.

Wilder scored two knockdowns and thought he won. After the first knockdown, he dragged himself from the canvas and bounced on his toes as Reiss asked if he wanted to continue.

It was nothing compared to what was to come in the 12th. The Englishman made Wilder miss constantly, particularly ducking under Wilder's big right hand with grace. Fury tumbled like a giant redwood cut down in the forest as Wilder moonwalked to a neutral corner. I showed good heart to get up. "It was a great fight and let's do it again". "Me and this man are the two best heavyweights on the planet".

Wilder can take solace in the fact that he almost pulled off the finish that would have brought the house down.

It was a matter of whether Fury could hang on to the final bell.

Where IBF-WBA-WBO champion Anthony Joshua fits into this is anybody's guess.

At the end of the second round, Wilder landed with a hammer one-two, the most notable combination of the fight up until that point, which Fury brushed off with familiar contempt, raising his arms in the air and mocking the champion with a leg shuffle.

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