Controversy as Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder title bout ends in draw

N'Golo Kante

Wilder's 12th-round knockdown proved crucial on the judges' scorecards, but Fury insisted home advantage saved his rival from losing his WBC title.

One judge scored the bout in Wilder's favor 115-111, while the second judge scored the bout 114-110 for Fury, and the final judge scored the fight 113-113.

"I think that we were a little tense", he said.

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)". Fury, meanwhile, thought he piled up enough points to claim the decision.

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. "I came here tonight and I fought my heart out".

Wilder came through on offense once more in the championship rounds, with a strong right hand knocking down Fury, who was a split second away from being counted out.

Despite Fury looking like he was knocked out, the Brit managed to get up and finish the fight to the surprise of both fighters. I know when I try to get them out of there the plan goes. "Me and this man are the two best heavyweights on the planet".

Fury's jab did a lot of damage and kept Wilder at bay. Fury, on a steady comeback after his career was almost derailed two years ago from personal issues, arguably never looked better in his life inside the ring.

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"I fought back from suicide, from mental anxiety and depression".

Three years ago, Fury (27-0-1, 19 KO's), 30, was a three-belt unified world titleholder after he shocked the world with a lopsided unanimous decision over Wladimir Klitschko, but the celebration was short-lived, as his entire world came crashing down on him.

There was one title change in a special match held in Montreal prior to the pay-per-view's start, as Oleksandr Gvozdyk stopped Adonis Stevenson in the 11th round to become the new WBC light heavyweight champion.

There were plenty more backing Fury on social media.

"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". A hard overhand right to the side of Fury's head dropped the Englishman for the first time in the fight.

With just two minutes left in the fight, Wilder buckled Fury's knees with a right hand and knocked him senseless with a ideal left on the way down.

Fury by contrast picked his moments to attack, finding Wilder with greater accuracy and causing a nasty swelling over the American's left eye.

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