Despite Two Knockdowns, Thrilling Wilder-Fury Heavyweight Title Fight Ends in Draw

Tyson Fury has previous when it comes to singing after boxing matches

Tyson Fury has previous when it comes to singing after boxing matches

Frank Warren and the British Boxing Board of Control are to complain about the scorecards for Tyson Fury's drawn WBC heavyweight title fight with Deontay Wilder after the challenger was controversially denied victory. "Why not? Let's give the fans what they want to see". Wilder gets to retain his WBC belt and stays unbeaten. And while the lyrics suggest, "This will be the day that I die", Fury appears to just be getting started.

The match is only Fury's third comeback fight since returning from a two-and-a-half-year absence from the ring, after suffering from depression, alcohol and drug problems. The answer is apparently, not much.

An affair that was expected to be cagey instead produced 12 thrilling rounds that made a rematch inevitable even before the scores were announced. "It was a great fight and let's do it again".

Fury - the undeniable comeback story of 2018 who, just a year ago, abused drugs and alcohol, weighed almost 400 pounds and admittedly was on the brink of suicide - silenced his naysayers by boxing brilliantly and surviving a pair of devastating knockdowns against one of the hardest punchers the heavyweight division has ever known. I rushed my punches. Whether it was the press conferences leading up to the fight, his antics during the fight and his sing-a-longs after the bout, Fury easily transformed from comic to crusader to cocksure champion. He's up against it fighting against the man with the momentum but if there's anyone who can pull off the incredible it is Tyson Fury. His constant assortment of head movements and feints made for a hard target. "I just showed the world tonight, and everyone else suffering from mental health [problems], that you can come back and it can be done".

Fury meanwhile insisted he had done enough to win.

But Wilder was persistent.

Fury landed the better shots in the remainder of the ninth when Wilder was looking for the finish.

"That's as bad a decision as the first Lennox Lewis-Evander Holyfield fight (in 1999), but who am I to say anything?" Few fighters, if any, who rely so heavily on their knockout power would have endured the pending ridicule of being embarrassed by their opponent in a battle of fisticuffs to keep pressing forward. Me and Fury put on a hell of a performance. I'm happy with the outcome. It's unbelievable to see a guy who is meant to be tough and strong speak openly about the struggles he went through on a daily basis.

Wilder's promoter Lou DiBella agreed that the Fury rematch should take priority, making the case that Wilder and Fury are the two best heavyweights in the division.

The two men were trading toe-to-toe when the bell sounded and a crowd of 17,698 roared its approval.

Where IBF-WBA-WBO champion Anthony Joshua fits into this is anybody's guess.

The final four were always going to be the most threatening when he exhausted and his reflexes may have waned, and so it gradually proved when after taking a left-right combination, a right hand to the back of the head knocked him to the canvas.

In a neutral corner, performing his patented gig of destruction, was the fearsome American Deontay Wilder and his malevolent smile suddenly vanished as he watched the impossible from ten feet away.

Fury had said: I'm going to win this fight - one million per cent. "I think someone laid hands on me and brought me back, rose me from the brink of defeat".

Fury smiled as he entered the stage shirtless and remained relaxed as he weighed in at 18 stone four pounds, engaging with his fans - who convincingly outnumbered Wilder's.

From the place he was 1 year ago to the place he is in now is remarkable.

"Anything is possible with the right mindset", he said.

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