Published: Sun, December 02, 2018
Culture | By Glenn Strickland

A Wrestling Fan’s Guide To Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury

A Wrestling Fan’s Guide To Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury

Saturday night's heavyweight showdown between WBC champion Deontay Wilder and lineal champion Tyson Fury features a match-up between a monster puncher (Wilder), and his ability to close the show quickly and a slick tricky boxer (Fury) who's demonstrated on more than one occasion he can outwork and outperform whoever is across from him in the ring.

Both fighters endured 12 closely contested rounds, with Fury dropping to the ground and nearly being counted out in the final round.

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

Deontay Wilder retained his WBC heavyweight crown after battling to a split decision draw against Britain's Tyson Fury in a pulsating 12-round battle.

Entering the third saw slight boos from the crowd due to lack of engagement between the pair as Fury insisted on keeping coy and Wilder marched forward looking for an opening, tagging the former champ as the bell sounded 10 seconds to go in the round.

Both fighters are expected to meet again in a rematch, with Fury determined to prove himself as the rightful victor in a second fight.

Fury raised his hands at the end of the 11th, though his celebrations appeared premature when he was dropped again, a right hand doing the damage before a left hook caught him flush while already on the way down.

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The American champion struggled to connect cleanly with Fury throughout an absorbing contest, all too often sending huge arcing haymakers whistling past Fury's head. Listen, I'm not going to take anything from Wilder, he's a great champion and a great man.

There is, however, doubt as to whether Wilder would take a rematch.

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

The Manchester man then turned his attention to fellow Brit Anthony Joshua, calling him a "chicken" before ending his post-fight interview by shouting "God bless America".

Tyson Fury has targeted a rematch with Deontay Wilder at Old Trafford.

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

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