Published: Sun, December 02, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Deontay Wilder retains heavyweight title after draw with Tyson Fury

Deontay Wilder retains heavyweight title after draw with Tyson Fury

That makes him slightly shorter than Fury, who is 6ft 9in.

At the end of the second round, Wilder landed with a hammer one-two, the most notable combination of the fight up until that point, which Fury brushed off with familiar contempt, raising his arms in the air and mocking the champion with a leg shuffle.

"That man is a fearsome puncher, but I avoided his shots tonight".

From cutting blistering promos on one another to signature poses and catchphrases, Wilder and Fury have brought almost every major pro wrestling element into their high-profile feud for the WBC Heavyweight Championship. I thought I won the fight.

'We didn't come here for money to get through the fight we came here to win and I'm sick and gutted. It just so happens, Wilder and Fury might have a bit more in common with the world of pro wrestling than you might think. He came close, dropping Fury in the ninth round and again in the final round, but Fury showed the same kind of heart that helped him overcome the nightmare of the past three years since he won three major titles and the lineal title three years ago this week in a monumental upset of longtime champion Wladimir Klitschko. Yes, the boxing judges actually got a big fight right.

"Listen, we're on away soil".

'I'm being a total professional here. Fury's gameplan was known to everyone from the outset, fight on the outside using his length and set traps for the occasionally undisciplined Wilder to try and catch him off balance or rushing in.

'God bless America, the gypsy king has returned!'

Watch Whyte vs Chisora 2, and the undercard including David Price vs Tom Little, Cristofer Rosales vs Charlie Edwards and Ryan Walsh vs Reece Bellotti, live from The O2, Saturday, December 22, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

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