Deontay Wilder retains heavyweight title after draw with Tyson Fury

Deontay Wilder retains heavyweight title after draw with Tyson Fury

LOS ANGELES - Well, at least they have a rematch clause.

Deontay Wilder has retained his WBC heavyweight title against Tyson Fury after two knockdowns awarded him a controversial split decision draw in Los Angeles.

The three judges were divided on the outcome, with one scoring it 115-111 for Wilder, another 114-110 for Fury and the third 113-113.

Wilder's reach has been measured at 210.8cm, somewhat shorter than Fury's 215.9cm reach.

Tonight's fight delivered on all levels as after some awesome entrances, Wilder and Fury went to absolute war!

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Going into the championship rounds, Fury's sharp head movement showed no signs of waning, making the champion miss with wild windmills, although he did connect with a huge body shot, that Fury took in his stride. Needing an incredible rally late, Wilder retained his title with a 10th-round TKO win over the challenger Ortiz. Yes, the boxing judges actually got a big fight right.

He said winning would be "the first chapter of a new storybook, the beginning of a new life, a new era of Tyson Fury".

Fury appeared to be getting the better of Wilder after the opening eight rounds, this before Deontay eventually dropped Fury in round nine.

From the moment the fight was made, Wilder promised he would do to Fury what he has done to every man he has faced, and that meant knocking him out.

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