Wilder retains heavyweight crown after Fury thriller ends in draw

Wilder retains heavyweight crown after Fury thriller ends in draw

But they cheered often during the fight, especially when Fury used his dodging and ducking and showboating to keep Wilder off balance.

"I don't think Wilder wanted to come to London, that's why Tyson (travelled)".

Manny Pacquiao, who has won world titles in eight weight classes, added on the social networking site: "Respect to Fury for sticking to his game plan and to Wilder for closing the gap with two huge knockdowns!"

With the vast majority of the fans inside Staples Center and across social media believing Fury had done more than enough to win, the fight ended without a victor. "I would love for [the rematch] to be my next fight".

Heavyweight legend Lennox Lewis made the comparison to his first fight with Evander Holyfield back in March 1999, which also ended in the same result, though the former won their rematch 10 months later. We want the fight. Fury would try to steal rounds with late flurries and then raising his hands in triumph as the bell sounded. I think my emotions got the best of me and I don' think, I know, my emotions got the best of me just wanting to just really get him out of there.

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"As the old saying goes: As the heavyweight division goes, so goes boxing", said DiBella.

However, Fury had to climb off the canvas for a second time in a dramatic finish to proceedings, showing tremendous powers of recovery when initially appearing to be out cold from a right-left combination. Everyone from Chadwick Boseman, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Shaquille O'Neal to boxing stars Gennady Golovkin and Mikey Garcia gathered for the marquee heavyweight bout.

The Briton frustrated his big-hitting American counterpart but produced blows of his own, landing a stunning left-right in the seventh that prompted Wilder to give chase and swing to no avail as Fury evaded.

How Fury was able to recover drew an awed response from anyone who witnessed. DiBella and Finkel admitted they had already started climbing towards the ring in expectation the fight was over.

Fury, who returned from boxing this year after a more than two-year absence as his life spiralled out of control with depression, a suicide attempt and problems with alcohol and drugs, said he had got to his feet in the 12th to inspire others. "I was like it's over", Wilder said afterwards. He freely admitted, "I was too anxious in trying to get him out of there". When you get two warriors you get a great fight.