Wilder retains WBC heavyweight belt after battling to draw against Fury

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Unfortunately for Wilder, he appeared to gas himself out going for the finish that he didn't get after the knockdown.

Without that punch, it is likely that the judges wouldn't have dared to take the step of gifting Wilder a draw.

One division, one lineal champion and still only one Tyson Fury. Phil Edwards scored it a 113-113 draw, as did The Post.

And by the looks of the celebrations from Wilder and his entourage, they thought the fight was over. "I came here tonight and I fought my heart out".

Fury was ducking and weaving
Fury ducked and weaved

"Irrespective of who won, it's one of those fights you want to see it again".

"We're on away soil", he said.

Wilder's handlers however are adamant that they believe a return with Fury, who came back from a devastating 12th round knockdown to hold on for a draw, is the more attractive fight.

Fury appeared to be knocked out cold in the final round before somehow rising in time to continue.


Deontay Wilder, right, connects with Tyson Fury.

Wilder connects with Fury's face. "Why not? Let's give the fans what they want to see".

"Tyson will fight in the United Kingdom again". It doesn't matter to me where we do it. Mental health issues added to Fury's demise to the point he contemplated suicide. Yet Fury rose, summoning strength at the critical moment of his comeback from a 2 ½-year ring absence amid bouts of drug abuse and depression.

And in the end what we're left with is this: Wilder will defend his title against Fury again, and probably soon, and suddenly we're talking about the heavyweight division and looking forward to paying for a big pay-per-view fight.


"I had a holy hand upon me tonight", Fury said. That man is a fearsome puncher and I was able to avoid that.

The opening rounds were to Fury's liking. Fury used his twitchy movement and near-constant feints to disrupt the rhythm of Wilder, whose trademark looping punches rarely found their mark. Fury would try to steal rounds with late flurries and then raising his hands in triumph as the bell sounded.

Simply getting himself back to this point was shocking enough, but taking the best shot of the sport's most unsafe puncher and outclassing him in the process was likely enough to see the 30-year-old anointed as a British and Irish Traveller folk hero.

Lennox Lewis, former world heavyweight champion, said Fury was the clear victor of the bout, empathising with the "Gypsy King" as he referenced his own fight with Evander Holyfield that ended in a controversial draw back in 1999. A rematch is considered, but it is not certain it will be each man's next fight. Fury nullified his foe's attacks in the ninth and quickly resumed complete control of the action.


Fury appeared to be on his way to a decision victory when he came out for the final round - and a minute later, he looked totally finished when Wilder put him on his back with a right-left combination. And after he got up, Fury was pushing him back.

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