Tyson Fury becomes Britain's most unlikely hero

Tyson Fury becomes Britain's most unlikely hero

Tyson Fury becomes Britain's most unlikely hero

Deontay Wilder appears seemingly delighted to get away with a draw and hold onto his WBC strap, whilst the look on Tyson Fury's face is one of absolute disbelief and anger at the decision.

Simply getting himself back to this point was shocking enough, but taking the best shot of the sport's most risky puncher and outclassing him in the process was likely enough to see the 30-year-old anointed as a British and Irish Traveller folk hero. "Two and a half years, there isn't any secret as to what I have been doing outside of the ring".

'I've been living like a rock star. I came here tonight and I fought my heart out.

"Anything is possible with the right mindset".

"Fair play to Jack Reiss, he's fantastic referee, the best I've ever experienced".

Take a look at this. In his worst state, Fury was almost 400 pounds.

Fury rose at a count of eight, and had been controlling most of the action up until that point, although Wilder seemed to nick the championship rounds, perfectly illustrated when he floored Fury heavily in the twelfth.

"I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won the fight, and I believe every man in here thought I won that fight", said Fury.

Other sportsmen paid tribute to the efforts of both fighters, with former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand saluting Fury for how he has dealt with his personal demons.

"I should have won the fight but I'm not going to complain".

"I think so, yeah".

"I had a holy hand upon me tonight", Fury said. "It was a great fight and let's do it again". I got up and don't know how. Judge Phil Edwards and The Associated Press scored it a 113-113 draw, with Wilder's knockdowns compensating for Fury's superior technique.

Despite Fury looking like he was knocked out, the Brit managed to get up and finish the fight to the surprise of both fighters. "We're both warriors, but with those two drops, I think I won the fight". "Ole AJ wanted no part of that right hand. He can't move like me, he'd have been nailed!"

Now that he has tasted Deontay Wilder's power, Tyson Fury is even more aware why Anthony Joshua hasn't fought the unbeaten WBC heavyweight champion.

Fury's eyes appeared to be closed for about five seconds before he climbed to his feet in the 12th round, and he had survived a knockdown in the ninth round, too.

A win for Wilder would have likely set up a blockbuster world heavyweight unification title bout next year against the 22-0 Briton, a fight the American has long sought. Three years later, the impossible almost happened again.

"Listen 100 per cent we'll do the rematch, but we're going to go away, recalculate, see what's going to happen, get back together", he said.

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