Wilder draws with Fury to retain WBC heavyweight title

Wilder draws with Fury to retain WBC heavyweight title

Wilder draws with Fury to retain WBC heavyweight title

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

Manny Pacquiao is looking forward to seeing a second chapter in the Wilder-Fury story after watching "two great heavyweights trading shots".

While both men felt they had done enough to win the fight, both accepted the result.

As the count of Jack Reiss, the referee, reached five, Fury seemed to wake up.

With just two minutes left in the fight, Wilder buckled Fury's knees with a right hand and knocked him senseless with a flawless left on the way down. Fury spent much of the round going backward other than throwing a few jabs. "I started overthrowing the right hand and I just couldn't adjust".

"We're both warriors, but with those two drops, I think I won the fight", Wilder said. I think when he's exhausted he's more unsafe because he just flings those punches around and if one of them hit you round the head, you're going to go down and it happened. I lost the plan as I was trying to get him out of there. 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.

Fury and Wilder, who both maintained their unbeaten records, look set for a rematch next year.

Wilder retains WBC heavyweight belt after battling to draw against Fury

"If someone showed you a video who didn't know the two fighters in the ring and said "this fella on the canvas actually comes back and almost stops the opponent at the end of the round", no-one would believe you", said Costello.

Fury also said he hopes to arrange a rematch.

Staples Center had a frenzied atmosphere after the high-energy introductions, but the fighters settled into a technical bout early. "Let's give the fans what they want to see". It doesn't matter to me where we do it. Needing an incredible rally late, Wilder retained his title with a 10th-round TKO win over the challenger Ortiz.

Fury by contrast picked his moments to attack, finding Wilder with greater accuracy and causing a nasty swelling over the American's left eye.

Until a sensational final round knockdown from Wilder, Fury appeared to be heading towards what would have been a remarkable upset.

Despite there being no undisputed victor, both men gave proper respect following the fight, considering themselves the two best heavyweights in the world while also taunting Antony Joshua.

But the draw left more questions than answers for Wilder and for the time being, the long-awaited showdown with Joshua might be tabled. The champion's trademark wild, looping punches rarely found their mark.

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