Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury has 'changed whole dynamic of heavyweight division'

Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury has 'changed whole dynamic of heavyweight division'

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder brought his formidable punching power to the party during the closing stages of his title showdown with Tyson Fury in Los Angeles.

Deontay Wilder retained his WBC heavyweight crown after battling to a split decision draw against Britain's Tyson Fury in a pulsating 12-round battle. We're both warriors, but with those two drops I think I won the fight.

The two-weight world champion posted: "A draw, I understand (even tho I feel Fury won by a 2 or 3 rds)".

"At this point we don't know what is going to be next", said Shelly Finkel, who manages Wilder and has been frustrated in what the believes have been fruitless discussions in the past with Hearn to make this particular fight.

The fight went the way that the Englishman wanted and Wilder was more defensive than he has ever been, only really daring to come out of his shell in the final 10 seconds of each round.

The American knocked Fury down twice in the fight - in the ninth and 12 rounds - but was outboxed by the Brit for much of the contest.

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

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live's boxing podcast, Costello said: "It has created all this controversy and debate, but it came at the end not of a stinker, as many of us feared, but it's a draw that we are all talking about - it's contentious for me, rather than controversial". "Me and this man are the two best heavyweights on the planet".

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But then Fury got up - and somehow, won the remainder of the round.

Just coming back after three years out, and suffering with depression and suicidal thoughts, as well as drug and alcohol addictions and a suspension because of drugs, Fury had performed a miracle to come back to the ring. I don't know what fight he was watching.

"Wilder's got lightning fists and dynamite in his hands, he's a great fighter, I respect him a lot".

"I saw the eyes in his head rolling, I saw the ref checking on him and I thought, "It's over".

While Wilder kept his belt, Fury remained the unofficial lineal champion of the heavyweight division by virtue of his victory over Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015.

"There's another third heavyweight out there", Fury told Showtime, before making chicken noises. I was forcing my punches too much. But early in the ninth, Fury went down when he absorbed a shot to the top of the head from Wilder.

Fans and pundits have reacted with disbelief after Tyson Fury's world title bout with Deontay Wilder ended a draw. Fury opened with a hard right, but Wilder flushed him with a devastating right-left combination that put Fury down.

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