Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury fight to draw; both call for rematch

Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury fight to draw; both call for rematch

A bout that was supposed to at least put public pressure on Anthony Joshua (22-0, 21 KO), the owner of the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles and the biggest draw in the division, to face the victor at some point in 2019 - especially if it was Wilder - instead may have tabled that fight for the time being.

Deontay Wilder, left, and Tyson Fury, of England, trade punches during a WBC heavyweight championship boxing match, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles.

Until Wilder's sensational final round knockdown, Fury appeared to be heading for what would have been a remarkable upset.

Fury survived two knockdowns in an enthralling bout with WBC heavyweight champion Wilder in Los Angeles.

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

Manny Pacquiao, who has won world titles in eight weight classes, added on the social networking site: "Respect to Fury for sticking to his game plan and to Wilder for closing the gap with two huge knockdowns!"

"We are two great champions", he said.

"One hundred percent we'll do the rematch. At the count of six, Fury, who stands at 6'9" 256 pounds, rose to his feet.

There has already been talk of a rematch, while both fighters have called out IBF, WBA and WBO champion Anthony Joshua.

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"I am a fighting man. Jesus has got his power over me - I was never going to be knocked out tonight", Fury added.

This pairing of heavyweights, who's size was only dwarfed by their colorful personalities, was one that for the most part was controlled by the strategic boxing of Fury, 27, who for long stretches put on a masterclass exhibition of boxing. "We're both warriors. But with those two drops, I think I won the fight".

"This judging takes me back to my first fight with Holyfield".

"The rematch, I guarantee I'm going to get him", Wilder said.

"I came out slow".

The card also saw Luis Ortiz score an 11th-round knockout of Travis Kauffman and Joe Joyce get a first-round knockout win over Joe Hanks. This performance showed he has convincingly recovered from that, and he may even again prove the best heavyweight in the world. I was too hesitant.

On the way down the American caught the challenger with a left and Fury seemed to be knocked down and out. I wasn't hurt. I did not sit still, I was too hesitant, I started overthrowing the right hand.

Wilder, the more aggressive of the two fighters early on, quickly moved into the lead after the opening rounds. Fury responded admirably to a big step up in competition after a 2-1/2 year ring absence and two warmup bouts, but Wilder got him in just enough trouble to earn a draw.

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