Published: Sun, December 02, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury bout ends in a controversial draw

Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury bout ends in a controversial draw

In a decision that will forever be debated, WBC heavyweight titlist, Deontay Wilder retained his belt with a controversial draw versus the crafty, Tyson Fury on Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Fury climbed off the canvas in both the ninth and 12th rounds of a gripping contest but, even with the two knockdowns, still believed he would get the nod from the judges.

"We're on away soil, I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight", said England's Fury, whose fantastic comeback continues following a two and a half-year absence from the sport.?

However, while Robert Tapper scored the bout 114-112 in his favour, Alejandro Rochin had it 115-111 for Wilder.

While both men thought they won, neither was overly upset by the verdict in front of a frenzied Hollywood crowd. "I came here tonight and I fought my heart out".

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.

"I would love for it to be my next fight", Wilder said of the rematch.

We are two great champions.me and this man are the two best heavyweights on the planet.
I wasn't hurt. I did not sit still, I was too hesitant, I started overthrowing the right hand. "That's what we proved tonight, and I'm ready to do it again".

The 30-year-old Briton, who had boxed skillfully to frustrate and outpoint the aggressive but inaccurate Wilder, looked to have finally been beaten when the American champion uncorked a savage right-left combination that sent him sprawling to the floor. "I really wanted to get him out of there, give the fans what they want to see".

"For the good of the sport, a draw has been a great result", said Costello. Wilder said. "I will probably end up giving him a second opportunity before any of these so-called best give him even one opportunity because they are anxious about their clean records".

Fury struggled to generate consistent offense until a strong sixth round, likely costing himself early rounds. Right hand, followed with a left hook.

Fury was elusive and creative in the seventh and eighth rounds, and Wilder appeared to be out of answers. While Fury came out with heightened public perception of his abilities and standing in the game, Wilder's stock drops with this draw.

In Los Angeles, many stars of the boxing world made their way down the red carpet to enjoy the event such as Gennady Golovkin, Errol Spence Jr, Mikey Garcia, Shawn Porter, Floyd Mayweather and Evander Holyfield.

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