Shock draw sees Deontay Wilder retain WBC title

Shock draw sees Deontay Wilder retain WBC title

Shock draw sees Deontay Wilder retain WBC title

Deontay Wilder has retained his unbeaten record and the WBC world heavyweight title after a split decision draw with Tyson Fury in Los Angeles.

Judge Robert Tapper scored the fight 114-112 for Fury, while Alejandro Rochin favored Wilder 115-111.

Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) was making his eighth title defense. Wilder and Fury are set to fight on December 1 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Fury had little to say to BT Sport after the weigh-in, simply saying of Wilder: "He's flapping".

He had earlier frustrated Wilder with his jab and a succession of accurate right hands, but the American's late attack salvaged his WBC belt on the scorecards. I came here and I fought my heart out.

Fury responded admirably to a big step up in competition after a lengthy absence and two warmup bouts, but Wilder got him in just enough trouble to earn a draw.

Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder. "So I am happy either or, I'm happy to fight Joshua or rematch Fury".

Until a sensational final round knockdown from Wilder, Fury appeared to be heading towards what would have been a remarkable upset. "We're the best in the world".

"I think with the two knockdowns I definitely won the fight", Wilder said. For his part, Fury wasn't initiating much offense either but was still winning rounds with his long jab and occasional right hand.

Classy combinations drew cheers from his supporters as Wilder failed to rise to the occasion, often missing the target horribly as he tried to land a big punch. A hard overhand right to the side of Fury's head dropped the Englishman for the first time in the fight. "Fury's stock went up!"

Manny Pacquiao is looking forward to seeing a second chapter in the Wilder-Fury story after watching "two great heavyweights trading shots". But Fury went down again - and almost everybody thought it was for good.

The 10-8 round proved crucial in the final reckoning, though.

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