Deontay Wilder retains WBC heavyweight title after thrilling draw with Tyson Fury

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Anthony Joshua would have lost to Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles had he taken the shots Tyson Fury did, according to the former heavyweight champion.

Tyson Fury declared that the "world knows the truth" after he was denied the WBC heavyweight title in a draw with Deontay Wilder.

Following the decision, both men said they thought they did enough to eke out the win. However, the undefeated Gypsy King miraculously stood up in the nick of time and beat the count.

Tyson Fury covered himself in glory with a draw against WBC champion Deontay Wilder after three years away from top-level competition battling and overcoming depression, and dedicated his performance to other sufferers.

"That man is a fearsome puncher and I was able to avoid that". I don't know what fight he was watching.

Stand-up comedian Romesh Ranganathan likened Fury's reanimation to Schwarzenegger's Terminator rebooting.

Wilder may have kept his title and exhibited so savagely why he is called the "Bronze Bomber", but it was Fury who controlled most of the fight.

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The British heavyweight schooled Wilder over 12 rounds, but was knocked back on the scorecards by hitting the canvas in two rounds, including the final one.

If the Fury camp gets it wish, it would not be the first time that a United Kingdom football stadium has played host to a big fight, with Wembley having hosted the world title fight between Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko among others.

Thought Wilder had scored two knockdowns, it was still a major surprise to see the fight finish as a split draw. "I was never going to be knocked out tonight". However, like in the 12th round, Fury recovered quickly and began to land punches again on the champion. "It was what it was", Fury said.

Saturday night in Los Angeles, one of the biggest heavyweight showdowns in recent memory will take place.

A rematch of what was a superb fight is definitely on the cards.

"That's as bad a decision as the first Lennox Lewis-Evander Holyfield fight (in 1999), but who am I to say anything?" I wasn't hurt. I did not sit still, I was too hesitant, I started overthrowing the right hand. "We're both warriors, but with those two drops, I think I won the fight". He was already heading to the canvas from Wilder's powerful right hand, but on the way down, Wilder connected with an even more vicious left hook.

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.

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