Los Angeles (December 1, 2018)-Deontay Wilder retains his title against Tyson Fury after the judges called a draw.
Wilder was not his aggressive self against Fury. From the start of the fight, Fury was in control. He landed more accurate shots to the body and counter every punch that Wilder threw. He sidestepped punches, dogged, and taunted a confused Wilder until midway of the 9th round.
Taunting was the turning point in this lopsided fight, after a missed hook, Fury decided to stick out his head in a way of saying you can’t hit me and Wilder caught him with a wild right jab that buckled him and sent him down on the canvas. That was the turning point in the fight because Wilder was down by 5 points on the scorecard.
After Fury was knockdown, Wilder attempted to go for the TKO, but he punched himself out trying to get the comeback win. After the explosive 9th round, Fury controlled the 10th and 11th round.
The 12th round was very bizarre, Wilder caught Fury on the chin with a little over 2 minutes left in the fight with a Powershot and it looked like Wilder knocked, Fury out. Wilder thought it was over and so did the commentators, but Fury stood back up and told the ref that he was okay to fight. After the knockdown, Fury came back and hit Wilder with some power shots of his own. Wilder was staggering, Fury was staggering and as the bell sounded to end the fight, it looked like Wilders’ reign of terror was over and he would lose his title.
This story is not over at all. In a controversial split, one judge favored Wilder winning 115-111, while the other judge had Fury winning 114-112. The last judged scored the card at an even 113.
Here is what Fury thought about the decision.
We’re on away soil, I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight,” Fury said. “I’m being a total professional here. I went to Germany to fight [Wladimir] Klitschko [in 2015] and I went to America to fight Deontay Wilder. God bless America. The ‘Gypsy King’ has returned.
Here is what Wilder said about the decision. “I think with the two knockdowns I definitely won the fight. We poured our hearts out tonight. We’re both warriors, but with those two drops, I think I won the fight. I came out slow. I rushed my punches. I didn’t sit still. I was too hesitant. I started overthrowing the right hand and I just couldn’t adjust.”
The word rematch was thrown all over the place after the decision and both fighters agreed that they would love to fight again.