Wilder retains WBC heavyweight belt after battling to draw against Fury

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Tyson Fury continued his tradition for singing after a boxing match by getting the entire press room to join in Don McLean's American Pie after his title fight in Los Angeles.

After controlling the WBC World Championship fight early, Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) miraculously overcame two knockdowns by Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) - including an explosive one in round 12 - in the improbable draw.

While many believed Fury should have had his hands raised in victory, Robert Tapper had Wilder up by the score of 114-112, while Alejandro Rochin tabbed Fury by the tally of 115-111 and Phil Edwards had it dead even at 113-113.

However, another famous name felt Wilder should have won after he "brought the fight all night". "I came here tonight and I fought my heart out".

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.

Wilder, who remains unbeaten after 41 fights, immediately called for a rematch.

"The rematch, I guarantee I'm going to get him", Wilder said. It was a great fight, and let's do it again. Fury, meanwhile, thought he piled up enough points to claim the decision.

Reacting to Joshua's no-show in the middle of the ring after the fight, Fury said: 'Where are you Joshua - you chicken? I rushed my punches.

"Sing along if you know the words!"

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That bout ended in the loss of his licence that forced him away from the ring for three years but there is no doubt that one of the modern greats is back.

"One hundred percent we'll do the rematch", he said. We're the two best in the world, and we proved it tonight, you know.

The two big men combined to put on a spectacle for both the Staples Center crowd and a global audience watching on in their homes, though the judges did their best to spoil it with their confusing scorecards.

Asked which fight Wilder would prefer - Joshua or Fury - the 33-year-old replied: "I would love to go for the other titles".

"Respect to Fury for sticking to his game plan and to Wilder for closing the gap with two huge knockdowns!"

According to CompuBox punch statistics, Wilder landed 71 of 430 shots (17 percent), and Fury landed 84 of 327 (26 percent).

With just two minutes left in the fight, Wilder buckled Fury's knees with a right hand and knocked him senseless with a ideal left on the way down. Tyson would fight anywhere; he's a traveller, he's done it many times.

But Fury gradually grew in confidence, regularly taunting Wilder by throwing his arms up in the air or behind his back.