Wilder retains WBC heavyweight title by split draw with Fury
Fury controlled the fight but was twice knocked down in rounds 9 and 12 by his American opponent.
Judge Alejandro Rochin, of Mexico, scored the fight 115-111 for Wilder, Canadian judge Robert Tapper had it 114-112 for Fury and British judge Phil Edwards had it 113-113 as both fighters remained unbeaten.
“I think with the two knockdowns I definitely won the fight,” Wilder says.“We poured our hearts out tonight. We’re both warriors, but with those two drops I think I won the fight. I came out slow. I rushed my punches. I didn’t sit still. I was too hesitant. I started overthrowing the right hand and I just couldn’t adjust.”
He continues: “When you’re at each other and you have a great fight, we give each other all we’ve got. At the end of the fight that’s what it’s all about. He was just tell me great fight, he loves, and thank you for the opportunity. We’re the best in the world. The respect was mutual.
Fury in his post match interview said he believed he won the fight.
"We’re on away soil, I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight,” Fury says.“I’m being a total professional here. I went to Germany to fight Klitschko and I went to America to fight Deontay Wilder. God bless America. The Gypsy King has returned.”
He continues: “I’m what you call a pro athlete that loves to box. I don’t know anyone on the planet that can move like that. That man is a fearsome puncher and I was able to avoid that. The world knows I won the fight."