WATCH Tyson Fury's Miraculous 'Rise From the Dead' After Violent Knockdown

Tyson Fury took the challenge to Deontay Wilder

Tyson Fury took the challenge to Deontay Wilder

In a decision that will forever be debated, WBC heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder retained his belt with a controversial draw versus the crafty Tyson Fury on Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Tyson Fury appeared to be out cold on the canvas after eating a right hand and a crushing left hook from WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in the 12th round.

"We're on away soil, I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight", said England's Fury, whose fantastic comeback continues following a two and a half-year absence from the sport.?

The judges scored the bout 115-111 for Wilder, 114-112 for Fury and 113-113.

A bout that was supposed to at least put public pressure on Anthony Joshua (22-0, 21 KO), the owner of the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles and the biggest draw in the division, to face the victor at some point in 2019 - especially if it was Wilder - instead may have tabled that fight for the time being.

Both men weren't overly upset by the verdict after a compelling bout in front of a frenzied Hollywood crowd.

Fury appeared to be on his way to a decision victory when he came out for the final round - and a minute later, he looked totally finished when Wilder put him on his back with a right-left combination.

"With the two knockdowns I definitely won the fight", said the American.

Fury was ducking and weaving
Fury ducked and weaved

"I'm not going to sit here and complain, and scream robbery or whatever", Fury said. But Fury went down again - and almost everybody thought it was for good.

The champion began to fall short with jabs, and watched Fury comfortably take a left uppercut as he pursued the knockout while his left eye began to swell. He got up and withstood Wilder's assault to try to end the fight.

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

The fight went the way that the Englishman wanted and Wilder was more defensive than he has ever been, only really daring to come out of his shell in the final 10 seconds of each round. "The world knows I won the fight", Fury said.

But Fury gradually grew in confidence, regularly taunting Wilder by throwing his arms up in the air or behind his back.

But early in the ninth, Fury went down when he absorbed a shot to the top of the head from Wilder. "Why not? Let's give the fans what they want to see". "That's what we proved tonight, and I'm ready to do it again".

"Many men probably wouldn't have gotten up from the knockdown but I did and that's what it is".

In the champion's favour were the two knockdowns he managed against the challenger, which nonetheless should have been insufficient in helping him to a draw.

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