Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury declared a draw

Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury declared a draw

The 12-round fight went the distance even as Wilder knocked Fury down twice in the ninth and 12th rounds.

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.

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.

Wilder almost stopped Fury in the 12th round with a hard knockdown, but Fury survived and stormed back for a memorable round of the year candidate in a fight that is likely to see a sequel.

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Fury meanwhile insisted he had done enough to win.

Fury by contrast cleverly picked his moments, finding Wilder with greater accuracy and causing a nasty swelling over the American's left eye.

Clearly seeing the fight as just another hurdle to negotiate in his bid to face Anthony Joshua to become undisputed champion, Wilder added: "It's definitely the most important [fight of his career], but not the most hard".

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.

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Going into the championship rounds, Fury's sharp head movement showed no signs of waning, making the champion miss with wild windmills, although he did connect with a huge body shot, that Fury took in his stride.

However, in the final round Deontay Wilder was able to floor Tyson Fury with a massive punch. Judge Phil Edwards and The Associated Press both scored it a 113-113 draw, with Wilder's knockdowns compensating for Fury's superior technique.

Wilder, the more aggressive of the two fighters early on, quickly moved into an early lead.

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