Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury declared a draw

Sheila Mcguire
December 2, 2018

Inside the Staples Center (9 p.m. ET, Showtime PPV), WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will defend his title against former lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.

Both fighters endured 12 closely contested rounds, with Fury dropping to the ground and nearly being counted out in the final round.

However, Fury had to climb off the canvas for a second time in a dramatic finish to proceedings, showing tremendous powers of recovery when initially appearing to be out cold from a right-left combination.

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The incredible fight ended up being scored a draw (115-111 Wilder, 114-110 Fury, 113-113).

Actually, I'm talking about what should be one of the most exciting boxing matches of the year: Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder!

Wilder almost stopped Fury in the 12th round with a hard knockdown, but Fury survived and stormed back for a memorable round of the year candidate in a fight that is likely to see a sequel.

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Going into the championship rounds, Fury's sharp head movement showed no signs of waning, making the champion miss with wild windmills, although he did connect with a huge body shot, that Fury took in his stride. But a huge straight right from Fury gave the champion something to think about, and was perhaps the Englishman's best punch at that point.

In the final round, Wilder again dropped Fury within the first minute with a devastating one-two, the contender laying flat out and looking as though he had been knocked spark out, but the rising and brushing off the punch with usual bravado.

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. Big up to Tyson Fury who never ceases to amaze me.

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However in the ninth round, Wilder finally made his mark, dropping Fury with a short hook that had the fans on their feet.

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