Tyson Fury more like a victor with draw against Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder gets one of his two knockdowns on Tyson Fury during their controversial draw Saturday night in Los Angeles

American Wilder recorded two knockdowns as he retained his WBC title at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, as well as remaining unbeaten in his professional career.

Wilder, the undefeated WBC champion retained his title after squaring off against undefeated challenger and former WBA, WBO, IBO, and unofficial lineal champion Fury, in front of nearly 18,000 people at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

"We're on away soil, I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight", said Fury, who out-landed Wilder 84-71 overall.

Inside the Staples Center (9 p.m. ET, Showtime PPV), WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will defend his title against former lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.

The contest was scored 115-111 for Wilder, 114-112 for Fury and 113-113.

Wilder thought he had done enough to win the fight.

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.

Frank Warren, who promotes Fury, says that regardless of the result this past weekend, a return bout should take place, but he added one caveat.

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That's when both hulking men heard a verdict that didn't satisfy them, but almost guaranteed a rematch of this exciting showdown. I was never going to be knocked down tonight. "We're both warriors, but with those two drops I think I won the fight".

Lewis elaborated further on Twitter, saying that the result reminded him of his first bout with American Evander Holyfield in NY in 1999 where controversial judging ruled the fight a draw when most analysts saw it as a win for the Brit.

Trainer Dave Coldwell tweeted: "I gave Wilder two 10-8s and one other round". He got up and withstood Wilder's assault to try to end the fight. "I thought I won the fight".

Fury somehow gathered his wits, rose and made it to the final bell.

Wilder's 12th-round knockdown proved crucial on the judges' scorecards, but Fury insisted home advantage saved his rival from losing his WBC title.

"I came out slow". I wasn't hurt. I did not sit still, I was too hesitant, I started overthrowing the right hand.

But the draw left more questions than answers for Wilder, and for the time being, the long-awaited showdown with Joshua might be tabled.

If Wilder's explosive power already posed a significant threat, the biggest question surrounding Fury's chances was whether he had truly recovered from that period, in which he admitted to taking cocaine, becoming suicidal and lived to such excess he reached an estimated 27 stone. He freely admitted, "I was too anxious in trying to get him out of there".

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