Tyson Fury was robbed in heavyweight boxing classic - top British pundit

Jay Rock

Wilder first won the WBC heavyweight title by beating Bermane Stiverne in January 2015, in the only fight to date he'd won not inside the distance, and had defended the title seven times ahead of the Fury fight.

But the "Gypsy King" willed himself to his feet and held on to send the fight to the judges, who rewarded him for controlling much of the fight behind his long jab, precise footwork and slippery defense.

Judge Robert Tapper scored the fight 114-112 for Fury, while Alejandro Rochin favored Wilder 115-111.

The scorecards showed that Wilder benefited greatly from his two knockdowns in the ninth and the 12th, which all three judges scored 10-8 in favor of the champion.

The first half of the fight was extremely hard to call with so many tight rounds.

"Americans are saying you can't beat a champion on the back foot.well yes you can", he said.

"We gave each other all we've got", Wilder said.

The Briton added: "I don't know what fight they were watching".

"We're both warriors, but with those two drops, I think I won the fight", Wilder said. "That's what we proved tonight, and I'm ready to do it again".

Former two-weight world champion Andre Ward wrote on Twitter: "A draw, I understand (even tho I feel Fury won by a 2 or 3 rds)".

"And he didn't want it for a reason, because Deontay Wilder is the most fearsome puncher in boxing history, in heavyweight division history, and I saw that and I felt it". I was never going to be knocked down tonight.

Lennox Lewis, former world heavyweight champion, said Fury was the clear victor of the bout, empathising with the "Gypsy King" as he referenced his own fight with Evander Holyfield that ended in a controversial draw back in 1999.

Fury's incredible recovery inspired multiple references to The Undertaker, the WWE icon who also dramatically got up from a coffin and after a knockdown.

Fury missed out on claiming the WBC belt in Los Angeles after the duo fought out a split decision draw at the Staples Center.

"One hundred percent we'll do the rematch".

"It's a great play which makes boxing even more exciting (but with) an unfortunate decision".

"Fury put in a great performance coming off the two years he had of not training. I wanted to be in there", Parker told Stuff.

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