Deontay Wilder retains heavyweight title after draw with Tyson Fury

Deontay Wilder retains heavyweight title after draw with Tyson Fury

Deontay Wilder retains heavyweight title after draw with Tyson Fury

The Gypsy King Tyson Fury says he is the People's champion. After overcoming his personal demons, Fury returned to the ring earlier this year following a near three-year layoff and has claimed victory in two fights as he gets set to challenge for a heavyweight title once again.

"The only thing against him is he'd had a long lay-off (of nearly three years), and he's not boxed anywhere near the class he needs to now", McDermott, the last fighter said to have beaten Fury, told Press Association Sport.

The champion scored two knockdowns in the contest but struggled throughout to find the target against the tricky and tactically astute Fury, who used his superior boxing skills to control proceedings for long spells. "I came out slow".

Wilder landed just 71 of 430 punches thrown, or 17 per cent. "I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight".

Naturally, talk of a rematch dominated the post-fight conversation, but this is a bout each will look at as an opportunity lost. We're both warriors, but with those two drops I won the fight.

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A rematch appeared inevitable even before it was controversially announced a draw via scores of 115-111, 114-112 and 113-113 and owing to his classy, gutsy performance as he outboxed the champion, Fury would surely be the favourite.

Needing an incredible rally late, Wilder retained his title with a 10th-round TKO win over the challenger Ortiz.

Heavyweight legend Lennox Lewis made the comparison to his first fight with Evander Holyfield back in March 1999 which also ended in the same result, though the former won their rematch 10 months later. Each will make adjustments based on their review of the video, but what this fight showed is two evenly matched men at the top of their games.

It was a matter of whether Fury could hang on to the final bell.

"We're the two best in the world and we proved it".

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