Fury and Wilder draw in spectacular heavyweight title clash

Wilder retains WBC heavyweight belt after battling to draw against Fury

Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) retains the WBC belt, while Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) can still call himself the lineal heavyweight champion.

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder embrace after their WBC heavyweight championship boxing match, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles.

Wilder had Fury on the canvas twice, including a spectacular final round knockdown, but was unable to get the knockout victory he had promised to deliver at the Staples Center.

Former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis led the condemnation of the judges who denied Tyson Fury a fairytale win over Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles.

While many analysts ringside believed Fury should have had his hands raised in victory, Alejandro Rochin had Wilder up by the score of 115-111, while Robert Tapper tabbed Fury by the tally of 115-111 and Phil Edwards had it dead even at 113-113.

With the vast majority of the fans inside Staples Center and across social media believing Fury had done more than enough to win, the fight ended without a victor.

"We are two great champions", he said. I think when he's exhausted he's more unsafe because he just flings those punches around and if one of them hit you round the head, you're going to go down and it happened. Fury managed, somehow, to return to his feet before the count ended.

"I'm not gonna sit here and complain all night, I thought I won the fight", he added.

"I think that we were a little tense", he said.

"You know, to take something away from someone who's come from hell and back, to ruin the biggest comeback in boxing history, probably in sporting history, that is a disgrace".

Wilder looked like he wanted to attack Fury's body early then went head hunting in the middle rounds without much success. I'm six foot nine and 260 pounds - I don't know anyone on the planet who can move like that.

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".

"I came out slow. I was too hesitant", Wilder said. The Englishman made Wilder miss constantly, particularly ducking under Wilder's big right hand with grace.

"I would love for it to be my next fight", Wilder said.

In front of a 17,698-strong attendance, both fighters entertained from the opening bell when they both threw threatening punches and Wilder landed a hurtful right as they briefly fought toe-to-toe. He freely admitted, "I was too anxious in trying to get him out of there".

But the draw left more questions than answers for Wilder, and for the time being, the long-awaited showdown with Joshua might be tabled.

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