Tyson Fury more like a winner with draw against Deontay Wilder

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Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder and Tyson "The Gypsy King" Fury fought to a split-decision draw on Saturday night from STAPLES Center??in??arguably?one of the best heavyweight fights in years?.?

But after failed negotiations this year, Wilder has labeled Joshua and his team cowards and soured on the idea of ever facing Joshua.

While Fury (27-0-1, 19 KO), was significantly hurt after both knockdowns, in both rounds he rallied back to actually stun Wilder before those rounds ended.

Fury felt that he deserved to take the WBC title from Wilder following his performance, although he was exceptionally gracious following the result. "I was never going to be knocked [out] tonight. Why not give a great fighter another opportunity?" "Holding on to an undefeated record is not what makes this sport great". "I've got good fighting spirit".

"I really thought I had him out of there", Wilder said afterwards.

They opened the fight looking to feel each other out and burned off nervous energy.

Until Wilder's sensational final round knockdown, Fury appeared to be heading for what would have been a remarkable upset. By the end of the sixth round, Wilder's left eye was puffy.

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Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury bout ends in a controversial draw

Instead, the main talking point from a thrilling contest was Fury's miraculous recovery after being knocked down by Wilder in the 12th round.

With just two minutes left in the fight, a vicious right-left combination from Wilder left Fury flat on his back.

Fury responded admirably to a big step up in competition after a lengthy absence and two warmup bouts, but Wilder got him in just enough trouble to earn a draw. But the Englishman also made Wilder miss constantly, particularly ducking under Wilder's big right hand with grace.

The 6-foot-9 Fury landed two solid rights inside 30 seconds remaining in the eighth round, as Wilder, who is 6-7, pawed with his jab and could not find the target for the right hand that had been cocked at his side.

But Fury gradually grew in confidence, regularly taunting Wilder by throwing his arms up in the air or behind his back. But early in the ninth, Fury went down when he absorbed a shot to the top of the head from Wilder. "That's what we proved tonight, and I'm ready to do it again". He vacated his titles and spent 2 ½ years out of the ring before getting sober.

"We want to do it again but we want to do it in the (United Kingdom)".

"We're on away soil", he said. 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.

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