Deontay Wilder retained his WBC heavyweight crown here yesterday after battling to a split decision draw against Britain's Tyson Fury in a pulsating 12-round battle. Wilder controlled the round until Fury landed a couple of shots in the final seconds to get the Brits excited.
Former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis says he "knew" the judges would "gift" a draw to WBC belt holder Deontay Wilder in Saturday's thrilling bout against British fighter Tyson Fury, which brought back painful memories.
The judges scored the bout 115-111 to Wilder, 114-112 to Fury and 113-113. "If this other promoter calls tomorrow like he said, we'll hear him out".
A hard right and a left hook from Wilder sent Fury to the canvas and he looked to be out, but he managed to get up, Undertaker style, and pop up to his feet before the 10-count to continue the fight. "It was a great fight and let's do it again".
"In Warren opinion, if this fight took place at Wembley Stadium and not the Staples Center, "(Fury) would have won this fight".
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"I literally saw this man's eyes roll into the back of his head, and I thought it was over".
Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sports, which promotes Joshua, stayed up to watch the fight from England and told ESPN.com via email: "I had Fury winning the fight as most did". Everybody knows I won that fight. "The respect was mutual".
"I think with the two knockdowns I definitely won the fight", said Wilder (40-0-1), adding that he started slow and rushed his punches in a sub-par performance.
"None were like Fury when it came to publicity and generating news stories and none were like Wilder when it came to finding punches and dropping people". "I was never going to be knocked [out] tonight". "Let's give the fans what they want to see". While Fury came out with heightened public perception of his abilities and standing in the game, Wilder's stock drops with this draw. It doesn't matter to me where we do it.
That bout ended in the loss of his licence that forced him away from the ring for three years but there is no doubt that one of the modern greats is back. They will nearly certainly earn much more in a rematch of the most significant heavyweight world title fight in the United States since Lennox Lewis, in what turned out to be his final fight, stopped fellow Hall of Famer Vitali Klitschko in the sixth round of an epic slugfest to retain the title in 2003, coincidentally also at Staples Center. Opinions were divided on the judges' decision, however, with some claiming that Fury was robbed of one of the greatest comebacks in history despite two knockdowns.