Deontay Wilder retains WBC heavyweight title after thrilling draw with Tyson Fury

Bessie Dean
December 3, 2018

"Frank Bruno told Sportsweek on BBC Radio 5 live: "(Fury) did unbelievable.

But while the scoring drew criticism, with many arguing that Fury had done enough to win, there was a marked absence of animosity after the bout. It's not been any secret what I've been doing, I've been living like a rock star. "And it brought me back". "Anything is possible with the right mindset if you believe in yourself".

The judges scored the bout 115-111 to Wilder, 114-112 to Fury and 113-113.

Trainer Dave Coldwell tweeted: "I gave Wilder two 10-8s and one other round". "We're the best in the world". But Fury went down again - and almost everybody thought it was for good.

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"And he didn't want it for a reason because Deontay Wilder is the fiercest puncher in boxing history, in heavyweight division history".

Somehow, someway he managed to rise at the exact moment all hope was lost in a moment that properly encapsulated the personal journey that led Fury to the fight.

Fury arrived to the ring dancing to his entrance music, Freed From Desire, with his large travelling support singing him on the way.

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Commentator Mauro Ranallo had uttered his trademark "mamma mia", telling us that Wilder had done it, as The Bronze Bomber wheeled away towards a neutral corner, no doubt confident in the assumption that the fight was his.

According to the Mirror, he said: "I'm going to give it to the poor and I'm going to build homes for the homeless".

Fury also showed a salient level of class for not blaming the judges despite a decision that very could have (and likely deserved to) have gone his way.

Encouraged by his ability to turn his personal and professional sporting life around so drastically in the previous year, Fury remained confident however that a rematch with Wilder would go in his favour, and sent a warning to other boxers that he was now in a "great place" to keep fighting.

Manny Pacquiao, who has won world titles in eight weight classes, added on the social networking site: "Respect to Fury for sticking to his game plan and to Wilder for closing the gap with two huge knockdowns!" Fury said. "I was telling my brothers and my family to keep quiet".

He had earlier frustrated Wilder with his jab and a succession of accurate right hands, but the American's late attack salvaged his WBC belt on the scorecards. "He can't move like me - he would have been nailed!"

Lewis, whose first fight with Evander Holyfield ended in a controversial draw in March 1999, empathised with Fury but nevertheless praised his fellow Briton for his showing at the Staples Center. Three years later, the impossible almost happened again.

Then Fury did come back with a couple of shots before once more the American came forward swinging. I got up and don't know how.

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