Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder met on Saturday night in Staples Center for a highly-anticipated heavyweight title fight with Wilder's WBC championship on the line. "I came here tonight and I fought my heart out".
Wilder had Fury on the canvas twice, including a spectacular final round knockdown, but was unable to get the knockout victory he had promised to deliver at the Staples Center. It was a great fight, so let's do it again. While Fury came out with heightened public perception of his abilities and standing in the game, Wilder's stock drops with this draw.
Wilder almost knocked Fury out in the 12th round with a hard knockdown, but Fury survived and stormed back for a memorable round of the year candidate in a fight that likely will see a sequel.
"We're on away soil", he said.
"At the end of the day that [a rematch] is down to Tyson, but from my perspective I'd love the rematch", he said.
While Fury (27-0-1, 19 KO), was significantly hurt after both knockdowns, in both rounds he rallied back to actually stun Wilder before those rounds ended.
"We gave each other all we've got", Wilder said.
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"I think with the two knockdowns I definitely won the fight", said Wilder afterwards. That man is a fearsome puncher and I was able to avoid that.
Wilder believed he had knocked Fury out.
The world of sport was impressed with Fury's performance and post-match words, with Rio Ferdinand and Lennox Lewis among those paying tribute to him. "That's what we proved tonight, and I'm ready to do it again".
"I'm just going to enjoy the moment because the last big fight I didn't enjoy the moment", said Fury.
With just two minutes left in the fight, Wilder buckled Fury's knees with a right hand and knocked him senseless with a flawless left on the way down.
But early in the ninth, Fury went down when he absorbed a shot to the top of the head from Wilder. Wilder struggled to land a punch as Fury's constant movement kept the champion off balance. I think my emotions got the best of me and I don' think, I know, my emotions got the best of me just wanting to just really get him out of there. "We're the best in the world".
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