Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Tyson Fury calls out Anthony Joshua after split draw with Deontay Wilder

Fury was the clear winner on many scorecards Fury was the clear winner on many scorecards
| 02 December, 2018, 12:06

That rarely has rung more true than in the WBC heavyweight title fight Saturday night between undefeated champion Deontay "Bronze Bomber" Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) and undefeated challenger and lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) before 17,698 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Should Wilder lose his title to Fury on December 1, Fury must give Wilder a contractually obligated rematch; however, a rematch may still happen even if Wilder wins.

Deontay Wilder enters tonight's contest sporting a ideal professional record of 40-0.

Fury is aiming to reach the mountaintop of the heavyweight division - a position he once enjoyed after his win over the legendary Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.

Fury had his best offensive round in the seventh, landing multiple left jab, right hand combinations that caused substantial swelling on Wilder's face.


The 30-year-old "Gypsy King", who returned to boxing this year after missing more than two years through depression, drink and drug problems, had boxed cleverly to evade the heavy-hitting threat of Wilder for most of the fight.

Still, the knockdown scuppered his hopes of becoming a two-time world champion, with the controversial outcome seeing both retain their unbeaten record while also paving the way for a lucrative rematch in 2019. Listen, I'm not going to take anything from Wilder, he's a great champion and a great man.

Replays showed Fury may have been slightly off balance when he shipped the punch that floored him, which landed on the back of his shaven head. When Fury rose at a count of eight, Wilder went after his man, but Fury fired back in defiance, trading with his man, even raising his arms int he air and goading the American, who scored a valuable 10-8 round.

Judge Phil Edwards and the Associated Press scored it a 113-113 draw, with Wilder's knockdowns compensating for Fury's superior technique.

Wilder, the more aggressive of the two fighters early on, quickly moved into an early lead.

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