Fury and Wilder draw in spectacular heavyweight title clash

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He walked over to the opposite corner, done a jiggle and blew a kiss as if to say 'I told you.

Deontay Wilder retained his WBC heavyweight crown here Saturday after battling to a split decision draw against Britain's Tyson Fury in a pulsating 12-round battle. "We are two great champions". It looked like the fight was over Fury barely beat referee Jack Reiss' count and even when Wilder rocked him in a follow-up attack Fury was still together enough to hold on. Fury spent much of the round going backward other than throwing a few jabs. The Alabama native crashed a right hand just above Fury's ear in the eighth, sending him to the canvas.

"I think with the two knockdowns I definitely won the fight", Wilder said.

"As long as I'm focused for the full duration of the fight, I don't see him landing any punches at all", Fury said.

Speaking as a pundit for BT Sport Box Office, Lewis said: "They need to get some good judges, these judges were bad".

While Fury (27-0-1, 19 KO), was significantly hurt after both knockdowns, in both rounds he rallied back to actually stun Wilder before those rounds ended.

Manny Pacquiao, who has won world titles in eight weight classes, added on the social networking site: "Respect to Fury for sticking to his game plan and to Wilder for closing the gap with two huge knockdowns!"

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Wilder celebrated as if he had won and members of his entourage moved to climb into the ring, only to stare in disbelief as Fury somehow cleared his head and got to his feet.

It figured to be a match-up of Wilder's power versus Fury's ability to use his foot movement to avoid and frustrate Wilder.

Staples Center had a frenzied atmosphere after the high-energy introductions, but the fighters settled into a technical bout early. "Why not? Let's give the fans what they want to see". It doesn't matter to me where we do it. But as was shown versus Fury, he has the proverbial eraser, one that can cover up a lot of other deficiencies and blemishes.

The two big men combined to put on a spectacle for both the Staples Center crowd and a global audience watching on in their homes, though the judges did their best to spoil it with their confusing scorecards. The champion's trademark wild, looping punches rarely found their mark.

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

On the first occasion, the fall was not as extreme as in the final round but as he has displayed in the past, it appears that heavy falls only serve to strengthen the resolve of Fury.