Wilder retains heavyweight crown after Fury thriller ends in draw

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Joshua was not present at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and he said he would not be staying up late or rising before dawn to watch on the box.

Deontay Wilder retained his WBC heavyweight crown after battling to a split decision draw against Britain's Tyson Fury in a pulsating 12-round battle. At the end of the round, and following Wilder's usual late flurry, the two became entangled, Fury taking the chance to mock his man with severely unusual tongue movements. He will know, too, that such an exciting fight and event has left...

'We didn't come here for money to get through the fight we came here to win and I'm sick and gutted.

"That man is a fearsome puncher and I was able to avoid that".

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Lennox Lewis, the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, was among those who pointed out in the aftermath how tough it is for a British fighter to be given a decision on American soil.

Both fighters endured 12 closely contested rounds, with Fury dropping to the ground and nearly being counted out in the final round. I thought I should have took that belt home. I'm a true champion, a true warrior. Bless you and your family, god bless you, and god bless America.

Within minutes of the fight's conclusion being reached, people were comparing Fury's bounce back from the canvas to The Undertaker's famous recovery tactic of appearing to be knocked clean out, before sitting ominously back up as his opponent celebrated. He came close, dropping Fury in the ninth round and again in the final round, but Fury showed the same kind of heart that helped him overcome the nightmare of the past three years since he won three major titles and the lineal title three years ago this week in a monumental upset of longtime champion Wladimir Klitschko. "Me and this man are the two best heavyweights on the planet".

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