Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury fight to draw in heavyweight title bout

Fans fuming at split decision as Deontay Wilder retains WBC heavyweight title

Fans fuming at split decision as Deontay Wilder retains WBC heavyweight title

Tyson Fury's trainer Ben Davison has launched an astonishing attack on the judges' decision to award a split decision draw in Saturday night's fight with Deontay Wilder.

After 12 pulsating rounds, the judges scored the matchup 115-111 to Wilder, another 114-112 to Englishman Fury, and the third British judge scoring 113-113.

Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) was making his eighth title defense.

From the moment the fight was made, Wilder promised he would do to Fury what he has done to every man he has faced, and that meant knocking him out. Fury's gameplan was known to everyone from the outset, fight on the outside using his length and set traps for the occasionally undisciplined Wilder to try and catch him off balance or rushing in.

The consensus was that Fury outboxed Wilder despite his 12th round knockdown
The consensus was that Fury outboxed Wilder despite his 12th round knockdown

Fury meanwhile insisted he had done enough to win.

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.

Still, the knockdown scuppered his hopes of becoming a two-time world champion, with the controversial outcome seeing both retain their unbeaten record while also paving the way for a lucrative rematch in 2019. He came close, dropping Fury in the ninth round and again in the final round, but Fury showed the same kind of heart that helped him overcome the nightmare of the past three years since he won three major titles and the lineal title three years ago this week in a monumental upset of longtime champion Wladimir Klitschko. Wilder tried going to the body too but, more often than not, his punches landed harmlessly on Fury's massive elbows.

Wilder, having successfully defended his title, said he hoped for a rematch, either in the United Kingdom or USA, and also extended the same gratitude to Fury for a fight that will surely live long in the memory.

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