Deontay Wilder retains heavyweight title after draw with Tyson Fury


LOS ANGELES - Well, at least they have a rematch clause.

Of the three judges, one each gave it to Wilder and Fury with the third scoring it a draw.

In the end, they couldn't decide, and the heavyweight world championship fight was ruled a split draw Saturday night at the Staples Center.

While Joshua ended up facing his WBA mandatory challenger, Alexander Povetkin, back on September 22, Wilder took the fight with Fury.

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He says today's fight will be between Tyson Fury who is the boxer and Deontay Wilder who is the banger. In a frantic, extraordinary twelfth round, one of the most awesome in boxing history, Fury was knocked down and seemed to be out, but somehow rose to his feet once more and was the aggressor as the final bell sounded.

But Fury never defended the belts, as his life went into a downward spiral because of drug and alcohol abuse, mental health issues - including depression and suicidal thoughts - and enormous weight gain, from around 260 pounds to 400. SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION will air live on SHOWTIME and stream for free on the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel and Facebook page immediately preceding the Wilder vs. Fury SHOWTIME PPV.

The Gypsy King Tyson Fury says he is the People's champion. "If it's a short fight it will belong to Deontay Wilder".