Deontay Wilder retains heavyweight title after draw with Tyson Fury

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Deontay Wilder retained his WBC heavyweight crown here on Saturday (Dec 1) after battling to a split decision draw against Britain's Tyson Fury in a pulsating 12-round battle.

In the aftermath of the fight, while conducting an interview in the ring, Fury said "There's another certain heavyweight out there", before impersonating a chicken in an attempt to aggravate Joshua.

In what was one of the greatest final rounds in boxing history, Fury was sent sprawling to the canvas and looked a beaten man before somehow hauling himself off the canvas to take his feet and finish the fight.

The incredible fight ended up being scored a draw (115-111 Wilder, 114-110 Fury, 113-113).

Fury did his best to try to goad Wilder, shouting and gesticulating at his American opponent, who donned a mask and refused to react to the challenger's antics. "Why not give a great fighter another opportunity?"

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Should Wilder lose his title to Fury on December 1, Fury must give Wilder a contractually obligated rematch; however, a rematch may still happen even if Wilder wins. Early on Wilder just missed with some big punches but as the rounds progressed Wilder started lunging more and missing by wider margins.

Until a sensational final round knockdown from Wilder, Fury appeared to be heading towards what would have been a remarkable upset.

In the seventh Wilder seemed to sense his tactics were paying dividends, as the 30-year-old Fury's footwork began to slow, and with every step, Wilder would gain estate.

Wilder, having successfully defended his title, said he hoped for a rematch, either in the United Kingdom or USA, and also extended the same gratitude to Fury for a fight that will surely live long in the memory. Big up to Tyson Fury who never ceases to amaze me.

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