Deontay Wilder kept his WBC heavyweight strap as his highly-anticipated showdown with British challenger, Tyson Fury, ended with a draw. And boxing fans were not pleased with the result.
Mexican judge Alejandro Rochin scored 115-11 in favour of ‘The Bronze Bomber’, Robert Tapper of Canada tallied 114-110, going to Fury’s way, while Phil Edwards of the United Kingdom had it knot-tied at 113-113, resulting to a split draw. ‘The Gypsy King’ may not have dethroned the defending champion but he delivered one of the best highlights in tonight’s massive clash.
— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) December 2, 2018
Resurrection of The Decade
Wilder and Fury headed to the Staples Arena in Los Angeles for a match dubbed as the biggest boxing fight of the year and the biggest heavyweight showdown on US oil since the Lewis-Klitschko bout in 2003. Both boxers promised to deliver a knockout but neither of them had the last laugh as their much-awaited tussle ended with a draw, much to the dismay of thousands of boxing fans as they thought it was going to be a decision win for the 30-year old Briton.
Despite failing to recapture the WBC heavyweight belt he won in 2015 against Wladimir Klitschko, ‘The Gypsy King’ did not fail to give fans one of the best highlights of the show. Fury was leading in all scorecards coming into the 12th round. He can almost smell the blood in the water until a vicious knockdown in the final frame, his second in the match, gave Wilder another sign of life.
Fury was down for a few seconds and the defending champion thought he had knocked him out cold. To the delight of many, Fury took a page on the Undertaker’s playbook as he rose from the ashes and came back to finish the fight.
Check out some of the best reactions to Tyson Fury’s hai-raising moment in Wilder fight:
— Mixtape Madness (@MixtapeMadness) December 2, 2018
Do I stay up or get up? #TysonFury
— RonnyGiles (@ronnygiles) December 1, 2018
I absolutely believe Fury outboxed Wilder….BUT that should’ve definitely been a KO, ref waited like 3-5 seconds and Fury was still down for a 9 count.
— Premiier Party…March 14th (@_dreslinks) December 2, 2018
I remember thinking that that scene in Creed where Michael B Jordan gets decked and looks dead on the canvas but then rises was totally unrealistic
Then I saw Tyson Fury get up from this pic.twitter.com/BinuCV1FvG
— Logan Dobson (@LoganDobson) December 2, 2018
Deontay Wilder when he saw Tyson Fury get up clean from that knockdown pic.twitter.com/rkPS5m6xMC
— Mitchell Rien (@MitchellRien) December 2, 2018
Im sorry but @Tyson_Fury won that! 2 knock downs and got back up; we all know whose the champion!!! THE GYPSY KING
— LIAM🔲 (@LiamGreatrex) December 2, 2018
— Geoff Shreeves (@GeoffShreeves) December 2, 2018
— Goldy (@GoldshireBank) December 2, 2018
Here are the full results of the Wilder-Fury card (via CBS Sports):
Deontay Wilder (c) vs. Tyson Fury for the heavyweight title ends in a split draw
via fourth-round TKO (ref stoppage)
via 10th-round TKO (ref stoppage)
Joe Joyce def. Joe Hanks via first-round TKO (ref stoppage)
via 11th-round TKO (ref stoppage)