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

Tyson Fury during the weigh-in at the Europa Hotel Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION

Deontay Wilder did what he needed to do Saturday in his heavyweight title showdown with Tyson Fury before 17,698 at Staples Center.

The three judges were divided on the outcome, with one scoring it 115-111 for Wilder, another 114-112 for Fury and the third 113-113.

From cutting blistering promos on one another to signature poses and catchphrases, Wilder and Fury have brought almost every major pro wrestling element into their high-profile feud for the WBC Heavyweight Championship.

Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) is coming off a victory this past March over Luis Ortiz in which he had his loyal fanbase a bit anxious. The 6-foot-9 Fury spent almost every moment of the fight nimbly avoiding Wilder's punches in a masterful display - except for the two moments when the 6-foot-7 Wilder viciously knocked him to the canvas.

The Gypsy King Tyson Fury says he is the People's champion. Early on Wilder just missed with some big punches but as the rounds progressed Wilder started lunging more and missing by wider margins. I came here tonight and I fought my heart out.

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

Tyson Fury sounds more upset with the draw scorecard than the one which gave Deontay Wilder the win.

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"Respect to Fury for sticking to his game plan and to Wilder for closing the gap with two huge knockdowns!" I thought I won the fight.

Fury landed the better shots in the remainder of the ninth when Wilder was looking for the finish.

Fury was elusive and creative in the seventh and eighth rounds, and Wilder appeared to be out of answers.

On the undercard, Jarrett Hurd defended his WBA and IBF 154-pound belts with a fourth-round stoppage of Jason Welborn.

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