Tyson Fury called Anthony Joshua out after drawing against Deontay Wilder

Tyson Fury called Anthony Joshua out after drawing against Deontay Wilder

Tyson Fury called Anthony Joshua out after drawing against Deontay Wilder

But on Saturday at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Fury's mind told him 'You didn't come this far just to lay down, not even to the most unsafe puncher in the sport.' Fury did not just get up, he came back and rocked Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KO's) late as they battled to the end in a classic heavyweight battle before 17,698 fans, but the bout was ruled a controversial split draw.

Lewis was also critical of Wilder's performance and believes the American relies too much on his vaunted power, having secured 39 knockouts in his 40 professional fights before facing Fury.

"We're on away soil, I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight", said England's Fury, whose wonderful comeback continues following a two and a half-year absence from the sport.?

Alejandro Rochin of Mexico had it 115-111 for Wilder, while Robert Tapper of Canada saw it 114-110 for Fury.

Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko

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.

While both men thought they won, neither was overly upset by the verdict in front of a frenzied Hollywood crowd.

A hard right and a left hook from Wilder sent Fury to the canvas and he looked to be out, but he managed to get up, Undertaker style, and pop up to his feet before the 10-count to continue the fight. I went to Germany to fight [Wladimir] Klitschko, and I went to America to fight Deontay Wilder.

"It happened to me and I knew it was going to happen to him". Although he didn't land it with full force, he dropped Fury, who did not seem badly hurt. Wilder struggled to land a punch as Fury's constant movement kept the champion off balance. He got up and withstood Wilder's assault to try to end the fight. Judge Phil Edwards and the Associated Press scored it a 113-113 draw, with Wilder's knockdowns compensating for Fury's superior technique. In the post-match conference Fury said a "holy hand" helped him get back on his feet and spoke of overcoming mental health issues and fighting back from suicide. "I got put down by some good shots but showed good heart to get back up".

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Los Angeles Lakers basketball star LeBron James wrote: "Man that was the funniest/craziest fight I've ever seen in my life".

"When I rush my punches like that I'm never accurate". "Let's give the fans what they want to see".

"In two or three weeks, I think they will defend very well, and to play against them in a month will be a problem for every team". "That's what we proved tonight, and I'm ready to do it again".

"I'm not going to take anything from Wilder, he's a great champion and a great man".

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