Wilder retains heavyweight crown after Fury thriller ends in draw

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Wilder retains WBC heavyweight belt after battling to draw against Fury

The second of those came via a vicious left hand in the 12th round that seemed to have ended the bout.

How Fury suddenly awakens from that blow as the count reached six - and then completes getting to his feet before it can reach ten - I have no idea. "And it brought me back".

Wilder's handlers however are adamant that they believe a return with Fury, who came back from a devastating 12th round knockdown to hold on for a draw, is the more attractive fight.

There is now expected to be a rematch, which will be hands down the most anticipated match-up of 2019.

The fighters will meet in the center of the ring in the biggest heavyweight title fight on US soil since 2002 when plenty at stake for both, including a possible date with unified champion Anthony Joshua in 2019.

"They need to get some good judges, these judges were awful", he said.

"It happened to me and I knew it was going to hapen to him", said Lewis.

National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James - who calls the venue home now as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers - branded the bout the "funniest/craziest thing" he's seen!

In 2015, having just beaten Wladimir Klitschko to become WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion, Fury sang Aerosmith's I Don't Want to Miss a Thing in the ring and dedicated it to his wife and fans.

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"When you're at each other and you have a great fight, we give each other all we've got. I had to get up and show that you can continue, that anything is possible".

The 30-year-old "Gypsy King", who returned to boxing this year after missing more than two years through depression, drink and drug problems, had boxed cleverly to evade the heavy-hitting threat of Wilder for most of the fight. With 2 knockdowns & round here or there for Wilder and you have a draw in some people's eyes.

Wilder landed just 71 of 430 punches thrown, or 17 per cent. That's what's wrong with boxing.

But Fury gradually grew in confidence, regularly taunting Wilder by throwing his arms up in the air or behind his back.

He wrote on Twitter: "As a sportsman what @Tyson_Fury has done tonight must be respected". Me and Fury put on a hell of a performance.

After somehow surviving a sustained attack from Ortiz, he slowly recovered and had to come from behind to knock his challenger out in the 10th round, leading to his fight with Fury. "Can't wait to see the rematch", Pacquaio wrote.

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

"It's no secret that Joshua did not want this fight", Fury told his media conference.

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