Deontay Wilder Couldn't Believe His Eyes When Tyson Fury Got Up

Joshua beat Klitschko but has failed to make a fight with Wilder. Image PA Images

Joshua beat Klitschko but has failed to make a fight with Wilder. Image PA Images

Heavyweight world titleholder Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury fought to a split-decision draw Saturday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

"The Gypsy King" has been through a lot since defeating Wladimir Klitschko in November of 2015, as he explained to Joe Rogan in a recent interview. Wilder surprisingly got the nod by a 115-111 margin from judge Alejandro Rochin, but Fury was awarded the fight 114-112 by Robert Tapper.

From the moment the fight was made, Wilder promised he would do to Fury what he has done to every man he has faced, and that meant knocking him out.

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Entering the third saw slight boos from the crowd due to lack of engagement between the pair as Fury insisted on keeping coy and Wilder marched forward looking for an opening, tagging the former champ as the bell sounded 10 seconds to go in the round.

Fury raised his hands at the end of the 11th, though his celebrations appeared premature when he was dropped again, a right hand doing the damage before a left hook caught him flush while already on the way down. Fury retained the lineal championship. But even though he did not win his comeback from the depths of addiction and mental illness remains something to behold as he and Wilder gave the fans a memorable, tension-filled fight.

The fighters will meet in the center of the ring in the biggest heavyweight title fight on US soil since 2002 when plenty at stake for both, including a possible date with unified champion Anthony Joshua in 2019.

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