Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder met on Saturday night in Staples Center for a highly-anticipated heavyweight title fight with Wilder’s WBC championship on the line. The two spent the first half of the fight feeling each other out, without much in the way of major power shots being landed.
However, while most considered Fury ahead going into the later rounds, a ninth round knockdown from Wilder tightened things up as they headed to the championship rounds. Fury still remained ahead for most until the 12th and final round, when he was on the receiving end of a vicious combination from Wilder that appeared to knock him out cold.
A hard right and a left hook from Wilder sent Fury to the canvas and he looked to be out, but he managed to get up, Undertaker style, and pop up to his feet before the 10-count to continue the fight.
Fury controlled most of the match with his jab, evasiveness, and leaning on Wilder, but that knockdown, along with one from earlier in the fight, managed to be enough to earn Wilder a draw in a bout that had some wild scorecards.
It will frustrate most, but it’s about right. The scores from the early rounds were expected to be all over the place before Fury settled into control, but a pair of 10-8 rounds with the knockdowns were always going to give Wilder a chance to win or score a draw even with losing more rounds than he won on the cards.
A rematch is now all but assured, and we’ll just have to wait for the date and time.