Fury: Joshua would have been nailed by Wilder

Wilder retains his WBC belt and most would say that's fair after flooring Fury in the ninth and 12th rounds at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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

'Anything is possible with the right mindset'.

Comeback fights against Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta did little to win over the watching world either - but he can hold his head high again after his draw with Deontay Wilder.

He said before the bout: 'I'm going to give it to the poor and I'm going to build homes for the homeless. In his worst state, Fury was almost 400 pounds.

"He didn't want it for a reason: because Deontay Wilder is the most fiercest puncher in boxing history, in heavyweight division history".

Instead, the main talking point from a thrilling contest was Fury's miraculous recovery after being knocked down by Wilder in the 12th round.

"I think everybody should be thankful to Tyson for being so professional under his conduct, when we all know sitting in this room who won the fight", his trainer Ben Davison said.

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.

"When you're on your back flat out, you don't know what your legs will be like", he said.

Fury also showed a salient level of class for not blaming the judges despite a decision that very could have (and likely deserved to) have gone his way. The judges scored it: 115-111 to Wilder, 114-112 to Fury and 113-113.

A right hand sent Fury rocking backwards towards the deck and a brutal left hand on the way down appeared to be the coup de grace for the challenger. Fury though wobbled Wilder towards the end of the first round and boxed the opening three minutes better.

Fury couldn't help but take aim at "AJ" in his post-fight interview, branding his fellow unbeaten Brit "a chicken" and his taunting continued in the press conference. "He can't move like me, he would've gotten nailed". "It was the (worst) decision since the first Lennox Lewis-Evander Holyfield fight".

As several former heavyweights had predicted beforehand, the longer the fight went on, the more Fury looked in control. Three years later, the impossible almost happened again.

"It happened to me and I knew it was going to happen to him".

"At the end of the day that [a rematch] is down to Tyson, but from my perspective I'd love the rematch", Warren said.

  • Kyle Peterson