Wilder retains WBC heavyweight belt after battling to draw against Fury

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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'm what you call a pro athlete that loves to box". From our side we want that undisputed fight ASAP and that's Deontay Wilder in April 13 at Wembley. Fury, meanwhile, thought he piled up enough points to claim the decision.

In the end Fury's fearless effort was not enough to wrench the WBC belt off of the American with the judges scoring the contest a split-decision draw.

One judge had it 114-110 to Fury while another scored it 113-113. Phil Edwards scored it a 113-113 draw, as did The Post.

Of course, Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KO), disagreed, saying, "I think with the two knockdowns I definitely won the fight. The world knows I won the fight", said Fury, in the immediate aftermath of his effort.

"We're on away soil, I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight", said Fury.

"We can only do our best in that ring, no matter what anyone says, Deontay is a great champion", Fury said.

"When I rush my punches like that I'm never accurate".

Tyson Fury serenaded the gathered media with a rendition of "American Pie" after fighting to a draw with Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles.

The British heavyweight schooled Wilder over 12 rounds, but was knocked back on the scorecards by hitting the canvas in two rounds, including the final one. But Fury just beat the count and survived the round as a crowd of 17,698 roared its approval.

"One hundred percent we'll do the rematch", Fury said.

"That's [Wilder] the second best heavyweight in the world besides me", he said.

He somehow managed to get up off the floor and continue the fight eventually sealing a controversial draw. It doesn't matter to me where we do it. "Fury was laid out and they hesitated a bit", he added.

A year later, he vacated his titles, following an investigation into doping and a cancelled rematch with Klitschko.

Rochin belatedly got on board with Fury's impressive work, giving him rounds five through to seven, although Tapper awarded the seventh to Wilder.

"None were like Fury when it came to publicity and generating news stories and none were like Wilder when it came to finding punches and dropping people". I was forcing my punches too much.

But the "Gypsy King" willed himself to his feet and held on to send the fight to the judges, who rewarded him for controlling much of the fight behind his long jab, precise footwork and slippery defense. Fury would try to steal rounds with late flurries and then raising his hands in triumph as the bell sounded.

Further success in the 10th round when he landed with both lefts and rights and hurt Wilder, 33, again gave him the momentum when it became increasingly clear the champion was running out of time.

"Respect to Fury for sticking to his game plan and to Wilder for closing the gap with two huge knockdowns!" But the fight goes to the scorecard, and it ends in a shocking split draw. Fury finished on his toes. He was already heading to the canvas from Wilder's powerful right hand, but on the way down, Wilder connected with an even more vicious left hook.