Deontay Wilder retains WBC heavyweight title over Tyson Fury after split draw

Deontay Wilder felled Tyson Fury for the second time in the 12th round
The showdown between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury for the World Boxing Council world heavyweight title ended in a draw after the two went the distance at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday night


Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury fought to a split draw Saturday night, with Wilder retaining his WBC heavyweight title after knocking down his British challenger twice.   
Wilder (40-0-1) floored Fury (27-0-1) in the ninth and 12th rounds, yet Fury clearly outboxed Wilder for large portions of the remainder of their entertaining showdown.
 Fury looked finished when Wilder put him flat on his back with two minutes left in the fight, but he rose and made it to the bell. Judge Robert Tapper scored the fight 114-112 for Fury, while Alejandro Rochin favored Wilder 115-111. Judge Phil Edwards scored it a 113-113 draw, with Wilder's knockdowns compensating for Fury's superior technique.  
 Both men weren't overly upset by the verdict after a compelling bout in front of a frenzied Hollywood crowd.
This marked Wilder's second fight of the calendar year. The 33-year-old previously defeated Luis Ortiz (30-1) via TKO at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, back in March.

Wilder entered Saturday night with 39 knockouts in 40 career fights. A January 2017 match against Bermane Stiverne, which resulted in a unanimous decision in favor of Wilder, was his only non-knockout fight to date. Wilder was able to knock Stiverne out in a rematch back in November 2017, though.
Not only did Wilder guarantee to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith that he would knock Fury out, but he also believed a victory would set the stage for a clash with Anthony Joshua:






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