Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury sold one of the biggest fights of 2018, and now that the dust has settled in Los Angeles, we still can not be sure who the better man between the two is.
Wilder and Fury fought tonight at Showtime pay-per-view against a split draw in front of 17,698 fans at the STAPLES Center with 114-110 Fury, 115-111 Wilder and 113-113. BLH had the fight 114-112 for Fury on both scorecards.
Fury (27-0-1, 19 KO) is still the recognized – at least many – world champion, while Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KO) holds on to his WBC title.
What we know is this: These are at least two of the top three heavyweights in sports today. Wilder found it difficult to land his power punches on Fury, whose slippery defense and jerky motion triggered him for much of the fight.
But when Wilder landed, he inflicted some damage. He blasted Fury on the fourth lap with a blow to the nose and dropped him in the ninth with a shot behind the ear. In the end, however, what saved the fight for Wilder and saved him from losing the decision was a monstrous 1
Instead, Fury, notably, stood up again and fought on. Wilder even cracked with a good left hook, which seemed to keep the tired American from reaching the finish.
The results, of course. is being debated. A draw obviously evidences this, and indeed, even with every rivalry at this level, many people have seen things differently. But the fight itself had a firework display, presented a comic style fight that troubled both men in different places, and more or less fulfilled the hype.
Obviously every man believed he had done enough to win, but unlike them press conferences that built the fight, there was no hostility that showed the two fighters in the ring when the fight was over. When Wilder tried to get to Fury after the fight, Fury had to yell at people to "let him through" before embracing each other in a real show of respect.
"I think with the two defeats I definitely won the fight," told Wilder Jim Gray of Showtime. "We poured our hearts tonight. We are both warriors. With these two drops, I feel like we won the fight. "
" We're on the ground, I've been knocked down twice, but I still think I won the fight, "said Fury Gray. "I show absolute professionalism here. I am a true champion, a true warrior. I went to Germany to fight Klitschko, I came to America to fight Wilder. Bless Deontay Wilder, he is a first-class combat fighter. "
Of course there was talk of a rematch.
"The rematch, I guarantee I'll get it," said Wilder. [19659013"WirmachendasRematch"erklärteFury"WirsindzweigroßartigeChampionsIchunddieserMannhiersinddiezweibestenSchwergewichtederWelt"