Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder fight to a draw in classic
Undefeated lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury fought to a hotly contested draw against WBC heavyweight Deontay Wilder at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, in a modern day classic.
Fury started quick and early using his length and a good jab to disrupt Wilder’s ability to find comfort. The second round saw Wilder flurry a bit and possibly win it, but it was the herky-jerky style of Fury that gave Wilder fits. By the sixth round, Fury at most had only lost a round as in the fifth he threw a low volume of punches, but picking it up late to steal the round.
It looked as though Wilder was lost at times as Fury just gave him a boxing lesson. Fury negated the action and never allowed Wilder to land two consecutive punches, or at least it felt that way. In the seventh round, a jab-straight right hand by Fury rocked Wilder, who simply looked at a loss for answers.
In the ninth round, Wilder landed a shot that dropped Fury. Fury spent the rest of the round moving as the shot appeared to be a flash knockdown that also seemed to land behind the back of his head.
Fury bounced back in the following round as he gave no room to Wilder despite the previous round knockdown. By the twelfth round, most pundits felt that as long as Fury was on his feet, Fury would win.
In dramatic fashion, Wilder landed an amazing left hook that had Fury on the ground for a full nine count. Fury had to stay on his feet to hope that the wide lead he had would suffice. Rather than Fury avoiding Wilder, he went towards Wilder. The result was probably the most dramatic round of the year.
The judges saw the bout 115-111 Deontay Wilder, 114-110 Tyson Fury and 113-113, a split draw