The Moment Tyson Fury Came Back From The Dead In Round 12

Wilder retains WBC heavyweight belt after battling to draw against Fury

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury fought to a split draw in Los Angeles on Sunday (NZT), with Wilder retaining his WBC heavyweight title after knocking down his British challenger twice.

Fury was the busier of the two throughout, but WBC champion Wilder recorded two knockdowns, the second of them coming in a dramatic 12th round when his rival appeared to be out for the count, only to miraculously rise in time to carry on through to the final bell.

Fury, the former lineal champion in the division, rose from the canvas to claim a majority draw on the judges scorecards, 115-111, 114-112, 113-113, thereby allowing Wilder to keep his title. Boxing definitely won and Tyson Fury won the fight to me.

"We can only do our best in that ring, no matter what anyone says, Deontay is a great champion", Fury said.

"I've come away and I'm on away soil but what most disappointed me was the British judge".

The American knocked Fury down twice in the fight - in the ninth and 12 rounds - but was outboxed by the Brit for much of the contest.

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder embrace after their WBC heavyweight championship boxing match, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles.

'And I wanted more than anything tonight to show the world that it can be done.

Despite there being no undisputed victor, both men gave proper respect following the fight, considering themselves the two best heavyweights in the world while also taunting Antony Joshua.

Fury meanwhile insisted he had done enough to win.

"I hope I did you all proud after almost three years out of the ring", Fury said.

Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sports, which promotes Joshua, stayed up to watch the fight from England and told ESPN.com via email: "I had Fury winning the fight as most did".

"They need to get some good judges, these judges were bad", he said. "I was on the brink of suicide, and I came back", he said. He vacated his titles and spent 2 ½ years out of the ring before getting sober. Fury was back to his quicksilver boxing in a wonderfully impressive round 10, shaking off the damage sustained in the previous session.

The 6-foot-9 Fury landed two solid rights inside 30 seconds remaining in the eighth round, as Wilder, who is 6-7, pawed with his jab and could not find the target for the right hand that had been cocked at his side. I was forcing my punches too much instead of sitting back, being patient and waiting it.

"None were like Fury when it came to publicity and generating news stories and none were like Wilder when it came to finding punches and dropping people".

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