Fury X Wilder fight ends in a controversial draw

Fury X Wilder fight ends in a controversial draw

“This man should be banned for life. Even if I hadn’t been knocked down twice he would still have had me losing, disgrace.”

Tyson Fury was clearly furious as he went off on judge Alejandro Rochin, who gave the fight to Deontay Wilder by four rounds. The Gypsy King was expected to become a world champion again, three years after defeating Wladimir Klitschko.

Fury was clearly the winner after the 12 round bout at Staples Centre, although he did drop to the canvas twice – ninth and 12th round.

For majority of the bout, Fury used a combination of feints, agile feet movement and effective jabs to wear down Wilder. Fury himself, fell victim to Wilder’s right hooks a couple of times but his impressive head movement kept him in the game. Wilder went 17% on his punches tonight (71 of 430), against Fury’s 26% (84 of 327).

In the ninth round, Wilder connected a combination that floored the Manchester-born. The Englishman was quickly to get up from that knockdown, and made his presence felt by dominating both round 10 and 11.

The final round saw Alabama native clipped Fury with a right and a huge left hook, flooring him instantly. The camera panned to Fury’s face as he looked out of sorts, and suddenly sat up, reminiscing of WWE’s legend, The Undertaker.

After the fight, Fury and Wilder embraced, and agreed on one thing – their thoughts on Anthony Joshua.

“There’s another certain heavyweight out there,” Fury said as he started clucking. “Chicken, chicken … Joshua, where are you? Where are you, AJ?”

All the talk is about Wilder v Fury 2 and both boxers made their feelings about Joshua clear.

The controversial result has left hopes of unifying the division up in the air. Wilder retained his WBC belt while former champion Fury proved he is once again a force to be reckoned with. Joshua holds the IBF, WBA and WBO versions but hasn’t been able to agree terms with Wilder in the past.

“He didn’t want it for a reason: because Deontay Wilder is the most fiercest puncher in boxing history, in heavyweight division history. And I saw that tonight and I felt it. No wonder AJ didn’t want no part of that right hand. He can’t move like me, he would have been nailed. Wilder has got lightning fists and dynamite in his hands, he’s a great fighter, I respect him a lot.” – Fury added.

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