Who really won the boxing match between Wilder and Fury?

Wilder retains WBC heavyweight belt after battling to draw against Fury

There is a growing belief from quite a few observers - admittedly, mostly Tyson Fury fans - that Wilder's first knockdown was a punch to the back of the head, a move that is not permitted in boxing.

The 256½-pound Fury, who held a 44-pound weight advantage, bounced back well in the 10th round, and it was clear Wilder was becoming frustrated by his movement. I came out slow.

Fury, who out-landed Wilder 84-71 overall, was caught by a short right hand by Wilder just behind the left ear to drop Fury for the third time in his career in the ninth round.

Heavyweight boxers Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury finished their match for the WBC heavyweight championship with a split draw decision on Sunday.

"If someone showed you a video who didn't know the two fighters in the ring and said "this fella on the canvas actually comes back and almost stops the opponent at the end of the round", no-one would believe you", said Costello. "I don't know how he got up", the 33-year-old added. We can do better in the offensive phase, but today the result was more important.

Los Angeles Lakers basketball star LeBron James wrote: "Man that was the funniest/craziest fight I've ever seen in my life".

Instead, the main talking point from a thrilling contest was Fury's miraculous recovery after being knocked down by Wilder in the 12th round.

"I'm just going to enjoy the moment because the last big fight I didn't enjoy the moment", said Fury.

'And I wanted more than anything tonight to show the world that it can be done. "The respect was mutual". But early in the ninth, Fury went down when he absorbed a shot to the top of the head from Wilder.

Wilder earned at least $4 million to Fury's $3 million, though each will earn millions more thanks to their percentages of the profits from the event. He vacated his titles and spent 2 ½ years out of the ring before getting sober. "I would love for [the rematch] to be my next fight". "That's what we proved tonight, and I'm ready to do it again". When you get two warriors you get a great fight.

"We want to do it again but we want to do it in the (United Kingdom)".

Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sports, which promotes Joshua, stayed up to watch the fight from England and told ESPN.com via email: "I had Fury winning the fight as most did".

"I'm not going to take anything from Wilder, he's a great champion and a great man. Me and this man are the two best heavyweights on the planet", added Fury, who exited his press conference after leading a rousing chorus of Don McLean's classic "American Pie".

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