By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury fight was billed as “Who was going to get knocked out?” However, both fighters went the distance on Saturday night.
Wilder and Fury fight to a split decision draw at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. “The Bronze Bomber” kept his World Boxing Council World Heavyweight Championship.
One judge had the fight 115-111 in favor of Wilder. Another judge had Fury the winner with a 114-110 score. The third judge had the fight even at 113-113.
Wilder had two knockouts in the fight. He had one in the ninth round and another in the 12th round. However, he could not finish the job in getting the knockout.
This was his eighth defense of the belt. He won the belt on January 17th, 2015 when he won in a unanimous decision over Bermane Stiverne at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Wilder fell to 40-0-1, including 39 knockouts, in his career with the draw. This is the second opponent he did not knockout, as Fury joins Bermane Stiverne on that short list.
Like Wilder, Fury suffered his first draw in his career. Fury is now 27-0-1, including 19 knockouts, in his career.
This was the third fight for Fury this year. Prior to a June 9th fight with Sefer Seferi, Fury was off for two and a half years. He claimed the WBO and WBA belts after his shocking defeat of Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015.
Fury defeated Seferi after Round 10 following a retirement in June. He then defeated Francisco Pianeta via points following the 10th round in August.
The decision fights with Stiverne and Fury are the only two times that Wilder has went the distance in his career. Fury also had two fights go the distance. Besides the Wilder fight, it was the fight with Klitschko in 2015.
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