Tyson Fury And Deontay Wilder Fight Out Controversial Draw In WBC Heavyweight Title Fight
Tyson Fury is desperately unlucky to not be the new Heavyweight champion of the world after he fought out a split decision draw against the WBC belt holder Deontay Wilder at LA’s Staples Centre in front of 17,698 enthralled fans.
The ‘Gypsy King’, the latest in a long line of fighting men, showed all the ability that’s been imbibed in his since birth to get back off the canvas twice and - seemingly - outpoint the American in his own country. But the judges saw it differently, scoring it a draw leaning Wilder’s way at 115-111, 114-110, 113-113.
Fury had the better of the early rounds, establishing the frustrating, jinking movements that so troubled Wladimir Klitschko when he first ascended to the top of the heavyweight tree back in 2015, using his jab effectively and managing to avoid the dangerous right hand of the knockout merchant Wilder.
The 30-year-old had a clear advantage even on the most partisan of scorecards moving into the second half of the fight, as Fury showed all his nous to land more and more clean shots on his belt-holding rival, with some damage becoming clear on the right-hand side of the Alabama native’s face.
That thunderbolt of a right hand remained a nerve-jangling threat to Fury’s comeback mission throughout for the many fans that had travelled across the atlantic to back him, but Fury pushed the envelope, taunting his rival over his inability to land at times in the later rounds.
Towards the end of the eighth there was a clean combination landed by the defending champion, but Fury was dismissive, beating his own face as the bell rang to tell Wilder his efforts weren’t getting to him.
But it wasn’t to be long into the ninth that Wilder would indeed get to him, another flurry in the corner seeing a successful left hook landing and putting the Fury on his back and looking up at the bright lights of the Staples Centre, inhaling deeply.
Wilder lurked like a silverback as the Englishman took the last few seconds he was entitled to and beat the count but couldn’t get the stoppage that he desperately needed as Fury clinched and countered and clock-managed to get himself back to his corner.
Another chapter of a lesson in the game that, as he so often told Wilder during the build-up to this bout, he was born into, saw Fury taken the tenth with ease.
With Wilder’s gas tank gurgling, the more experienced hand of Fury seemingly only needed to guide himself in between the last few rounds of munitions that ‘The Bronze Bomber’ had to offer.
He did it, but only just. Wilder sent Fury back onto his back in the final round with a phenomenal left hand and must have thought he’d seen the last of his tormentor, as Fury was left blinking on the canvas.
But Fury, showing strength that almost makes one believe the claims of his that his path to becoming Heavyweight champion once more was divinely appointed, got back to his feet feet and went close to finishing off the job.
A fight for the ages in the division that’s become newly renewed by his presence then, won by Fury, completing the most remarkable of comebacks in impressive fashion, regardless of what the scorecards said.