Published: Mon, December 03, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Wilder keeps heavyweight title, fights Fury to split draw

Wilder keeps heavyweight title, fights Fury to split draw

The knockdown in the 12th would have turned 99% of the world heavyweights' lights out and Wilder looked totally stunned to see his rival come back for more after crashing to the canvas and the final bell brought roars of appreciation from the satisfied crowd.

Wilder (40-0-1) floored Fury (27-0-1) in the ninth and 12th rounds, yet Fury clearly outboxed Wilder for large portions of the remainder of their entertaining showdown.

In the final round Wilder socked Fury with a stinging right-left combination that sent him flying backwards, smacking his head off the canvas.

WBC strap holder Wilder retained his belt at the Staples Center on Saturday after the bout with Fury was declared a split-decision draw.

Rematch talks between Wilder and Fury are set to take place in the coming weeks, with another fight, possibly in the United Kingdom, a hefty payday for both men. "I was like it's over", Wilder said afterwards. That's something I usually don't do.

But in the widely expected rematch with Fury, the 33-year-old "Bronze Bomber" will likely need to win to get his shot. "Ole AJ wanted no part of that right hand".

"We're on away soil", he said. Regardless, Wilder-Fury II should take place in 2019 and it should happen immediately.

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Also considering the potential for a rematch, Fury's promoter Frank Warren told Press Association Sport: "It's a great fight and if it turns out as I expect I'm sure there'll be a rematch". He got up and withstood Wilder's assault to try to end the fight.

Fury recovered well however and regained his composure to resume where he had left off.

Joshua might be the biggest star in global boxing and a champion who regularly fights in front of upwards of 80,000 in his native England yet it's possible Saturday's performance saw Fury become the face of the division again, primarily in the US, where Wilder has had trouble gaining traction as a crossover star.

You can watch the fight live stream through SHOWTIME's app for $74.95.

"I saw the eyes in his head rolling, I saw the ref checking on him and I thought, "It's over". They will nearly certainly earn much more in a rematch of the most significant heavyweight world title fight in the United States since Lennox Lewis, in what turned out to be his final fight, stopped fellow Hall of Famer Vitali Klitschko in the sixth round of an epic slugfest to retain the title in 2003, coincidentally also at Staples Center. (When he got up) I was sitting there going "Oh my god". Again, he managed to?stand? up and referee Jack Reiss let him continue to fight. It doesn't matter to me where we do it. I don't know anyone on the planet that can move like that.

Manny Pacquiao is looking forward to seeing a second chapter in the Wilder-Fury story after watching "two great heavyweights trading shots".

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