Fury, though, did exactly what he wanted, as well.
Deontay Wilder was as perplexed as anyone to see Tyson Fury dramatically climb off the canvas after the devastating 12th-round knockdown on Saturday night. This was far from a robbery and the right decision in the most important heavyweight fight on American soil since Lewis-Tyson in 2002. One judge had it 113-113, the same as Yahoo Sports. But 115-111 for Wilder is bad, just awful! [Wilder] is the second best heavyweight, apart from me.
"I think with the two knockdowns I definitely won the fight", said Wilder, as he retained the WBC title.
"We poured our hearts out". I came out slow.
"That man is a fearsome puncher and I was able to avoid that. I go back chin up, chest out". I was too hesitant.
"When I was down, I wasn't just down on that canvas for me and my family", Fury said.
Fury, unsurprisingly, saw it the other way. I'm showing total professionalism.
Looking straight at the camera, Fury added: "Everybody out there who has the same problems I've been suffering with, I did that for you guys".
"The Gypsy King" and promoter Frank Warren called an impromptu press conference at a hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday morning and it was there that Warren revealed his plans to run it back with 'The Bronze Bomber'.
There are already strong suggestions of the rematch taking place around April or May next year and Fury's promoter Frank Warren believes he could do the fight justice in the United Kingdom where interest is booming. "We have a split decision", said Lennon. The assumption was that WBO, IBF and WBA champion Anthony Joshua would fight the victor - probably Wilder - at Wembley in April, and that still may be the case. Fury gained an American following courtesy of his iron will and remarkable resolve, while Wilder proved that he will never not be risky at any given moment of a fight.
Andreas Hale, Sporting News (113-113) - Although Fury was brilliant defensively, the early rounds were far from definitive and could have gone Wilder's way off of sheer activity. Fury tumbled like a giant redwood cut down in the forest as Wilder moonwalked to a neutral corner.
Wilder at first celebrated with a shimmy only to appear stunned when Fury beat the count and got back on his feet.
Yesterday's bout between the two finished as a stalemate in Los Angeles. Nobody doubted that Wilder would land again to finish the dream. But two men tried their hardest.
Both fighters have an argument as to why they deserved to win, and while the end result can be debated there's no need for conspiracy theories.
Wilder can take solace in the fact that he almost pulled off the finish that would have brought the house down. Both remain unbeaten, Wilder knew he had been gifted a vote and Fury simply shrugged: "We will have to do it all again", he said.
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