Deontay Wilder retains heavyweight title after draw with Tyson Fury

Toby Graves
December 2, 2018

It's hard to imagine the American will win this fight on points if it were to go the distance but he must always be feared, and fans of the American should probably be tempted by the 4/1 about him winning between rounds 7-12.

Judge Robert Tapper scored the fight 114-110 for Fury, while Alejandro Rochin favoured Wilder 115-111.

Judge Phil Edwards and the Associated Press scored it a 113-113 draw, with Wilder's knockdowns compensating for Fury's superior technique.

In the seventh Wilder seemed to sense his tactics were paying dividends, as the 30-year-old Fury's footwork began to slow, and with every step, Wilder would gain estate.

The two undefeated heavyweights have combined for 58 knockouts in their 67 career fights, with Deontay Wilder holding the majority of those finishes with 39. Fury retained the lineal championship.

In the final round, Wilder again dropped Fury within the first minute with a devastating one-two, the contender laying flat out and looking as though he had been knocked spark out, but the rising and brushing off the punch with usual bravado.

But Fury, in part with motivation from Wilder, eventually got his life under control and returned to the ring in June after a 31-month layoff and won two fights in a row before agreeing to face Wilder. Wilder has emerged as a great heavyweight champion, and he continues to prove that.

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