We're both warriors, but with those two drops I think I won the fight. The Englishman made Wilder miss constantly, particularly ducking under Wilder's big right hand with grace. "He'd have been nailed!"
But the contest was scored 115-111 for Wilder, 114-112 for Fury and 113-113 as a draw was declared, meaning Wilder retained his WBC heavyweight title.
During the twelfth and final round between long-out-of-the-game Tyson Fury and now undefeated Deontay Wilder, Fury was dealt a vicious combination of blows, culminating in a hook that initially seemed to knock him out cold.
Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) showed remarkable resilience by getting up both times, particularly in the 12th round.
The 30-year-old spiraled into a period of chronic depression, but refused to give up on himself and his ring career, managing to shed over ten stone and return to professional boxing in June, winning two tune-up fights before challenging the feared Wilder on Saturday. "I started overthrowing the right hand, and I just couldn't adjust". Fury, after cracking the WBC champion, continued with his ducking and dodging in the second round before Wilder cracked him with a shot on the chin right before the bell.
A year ago, Fury said, he weighed 181kg. "No way. He can't move, so he never would've gotten out of the way of Wilder".
"We gave each other all we've got", Wilder said. "The respect was mutual". With Wilder and Fury expected to at least seriously consider an immediate rematch, England's Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs) likely will defend his IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO titles against another opponent April 13 at Wembley Stadium in London.
Wilder remains WBC heavyweight champion after draw with Fury
Wilder said he thought the battle was over when he saw Fury's eyes "roll into the back of his head" as he fell hard on his back early in the 12th round. And I done it well.
"How did I get up from the knockdowns?" And Wilder came over to the United Kingdom and showed it up.
'His country should get behind him now. He turned it down.
"That's as bad a decision as the first Lennox Lewis-Evander Holyfield fight (in 1999), but who am I to say anything?" That ain't a great thing, by the way, because I've had a very low time doing it. And I just wanna say that it was a great opportunity.
"He's a fighting man, thank you for the opportunity".
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. I don't remember a better buildup than that for any fight.
Promoter Frank Warren said he and the British Boxing Board of Control will write to the WBC demanding a rematch. "I thought I won the fight.", Fury said at the post-fight press conference.More news: Chinese researcher claims to have made the first CRISPR-edited babies