In ballyhooed a matchup of two towering men for the WBC heavyweight title, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder displayed everything but settled nothing. "We poured our hearts out tonight". Fury-Wilder II might be the preferred choice after the unsatisfying ending to their fight Saturday night at the Staples Center.
But Fury gradually grew in confidence, regularly taunting Wilder by throwing his arms up in the air or behind his back.
Tyson Fury made a miraculous recovery from a 12th round knockdown when it looked like he was out cold to earn a draw, that should have been a win, against Deontay Wilder.
The 17,698 in the Staples Center had seen Fury contribute immensely, landing punches time and again and goading his rival with confidence. "The world knows I won the fight", said Fury, in the immediate aftermath of his effort.
"I think with the two knockdowns I definitely won the fight", Wilder said.
"We gave each other all we've got", Wilder said.
The bout was a rare meeting of two unbeaten heavyweight stars in their apparent primes, with both fighters putting aside caution and the typical squabbles over money or belts to stage one of the most compelling matchups in the glamour division's recent history. I rushed my punches.
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Fury raised his hands at the end of the 11th, though his celebrations appeared premature when he was dropped again, a right hand doing the damage before a left hook caught him flush while already on the way down.
"I hope I did you all proud after almost three years out of the ring", Fury said.
It was a matter of whether Fury could hang on to the final bell.
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The 30-year-old "Gypsy King", who returned to boxing this year after missing more than two years through depression, drink and drug problems, had boxed cleverly to evade the heavy-hitting threat of Wilder for most of the fight. Wilder struggled to land a punch as Fury's constant movement kept the champion off balance. "I had to get up and show that you can continue, that anything is possible".
The challenger was flat-out on the canvas but somehow found a way to not only recover to beat the count but also box the better of the two men down the stretch.
Britain's Jason Welborn suffered defeat in pursuit of two light-middleweight world titles as reigning champion Jarrett Hurd secured a fourth-round stoppage in Los Angeles.