Wilder keeps heavyweight title, fights Fury to split draw

After two tune-up fights, he agreed to challenge Wilder in America for the only belt Fury didn't win off Klitschko, the WBC belt.

"One hundred percent we'll do the rematch", Fury said. "We're both warriors. But with those two drops, I think I won the fight".

Fury went on to say that he'd found the energy to get up because he's recently persevered through so much; weighing 400 pounds and caught in a cycle of drug and alcohol addiction in recent years, he'd considered suicide.

"I hope I did you all proud after almost three years out of the ring", Fury said. I didn't sit still.

A right hand stung Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs), 33, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, midway through the seventh round. Fury crumbled onto his back, completely out.

"As long as I'm focused for the full duration of the fight, I don't see him landing any punches at all", Fury said.

With just two minutes left in the fight, Wilder buckled Fury's knees with a right hand and knocked him senseless with a ideal left on the way down.

The British boxer was adjudged to have drawn his WBC championship bout against Deontay Wilder and while that meant the American retained the belt, Fury remained in a positive mood after the fight. The 6-foot-9 Fury spent almost every moment of the fight nimbly avoiding Wilder's punches in a masterful display - except for the two moments when the 6-foot-7 Wilder viciously knocked him to the canvas. It was a great fight, and let's do it again. Fury was in a groove, bouncing and moving in and out and not giving Wilder a clear target to hit, even though he carried his left hand very low, nearly below his waist, in an inviting opening for Wilder's big right hand. It doesn't matter to me where we do it.

But early in the ninth, Fury went down when he absorbed a shot to the top of the head from Wilder. From our side we want that undisputed fight ASAP and that's Deontay Wilder in April 13 at Wembley.

Britain's Jason Welborn suffered defeat in pursuit of two light-middleweight world titles as reigning champion Jarrett Hurd secured a fourth-round stoppage in Los Angeles. I think my emotions got the best of me and I don' think, I know, my emotions got the best of me just wanting to just really get him out of there. I just showed the world tonight, everyone suffering with mental health, that you can come back and it can be done.

"What sort of sick people have you got to be".

  • Stacy Allen