Sunday 2 December 2018

IT'S A DRAW! Fury Survives Being Knocked Down Twice By WBC Heavyweight Champion Wilder

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder finishes in split decision as Bronze Bomber retains WBC
Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder's huge showdown in Los Angeles ended in disappointment for boxing fans as the fight was scored as a split decision draw. Fury was twice sent down to the canvas by Wilder, the WBC heavyweight champion, in rounds nine and 12. But when it came to the judges' decision it was decided a draw was the outcome and now both fighters face a rematch. 

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury traded punches throughout the contest but the American took control towards the end 

But he was caught and floored twice in the closing stages and by the cruellest of ironies, when there was no home-town American judge to save for Deontay Wilder his WBC title, it was the one English official at ringside, Phil Edwards, who scored his clinching card a draw.
It will be argued for years which of them suffered the greater injustice.
But there will be no dispute that Fury was the better boxer, finer thinker and overall most deserving of making history.
This, until two rounds were battered from him by two point margins, is the greatest performance by this dramatic genius. Greater even than his winning of world titles from the iconic Wladimir Klitschko.
That he achieved this having drained ten stones from his vast 6ft 9in frame and could then go through 12 rounds this brutal was an extraordinary triumph in itself.
That it was not enough to make British boxing history and with it secure his own place as a two-time heavyweight champion should not detract from his effort one iota. 
Judges Alejandro Rochin, Robert Tapper and Phil Edwards remarked that Fury and Wilder contested 'close rounds'
But nor should the fervor of the Fury community diminish the phenomenal recovery of an exhausted Wilder from a seemingly losing position to pull out two knockdowns which altered the mathematics. 
The 113-113 call by Edwards was sandwiched between a 115-111 card for Wilder and a 114-112 for Fury.
In truth it was so desperately close and I was surprised to discover that my final tally was 114-113 for Wilder when my gut instinct was that Fury had just won. 

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