Tyson Fury was denied a memorable victory in Los Angeles after his fight with Deontay Wilder ended in a draw in.
Fury appeared to have dominated the fight, and victory for Fury would have been a truly staggering achievement in what was his first meaningful bout since returning to the ring from a two-and-half-year absence.
Fury, who came into the fight 44lbs heavier, was expected to find the going tough against the hard-hitting Wilder, but the Manchester boxer came out on top in LA for most of the fight.
Fury stunned Wilder by getting back to his feet twice, with the second coming in an explosive twelfth and final round. Fury looked like he was dead and buried when he was flawed by Wilder, but again he got up – and the American could not believe what he had seen.
Seemingly dazed by the pure grit and will he was up against, it was Wilder who was on the ropes in the final seconds, as Fury unleashed the punches to win and cap a stunning comeback.
But with the twelve rounds compete, it went to the judges’ scoring, and it was deemed a split decision.
Both retained their ubeaten records Wilder (40-0-1 ) and Tyson 27-0-1
American retains world title as epic battle ends in controversial split decision
Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury fought to a split draw Saturday night, with Wilder retaining his WBC heavyweight title after knocking down his British challenger twice.
Wilder (40-0-1) floored Fury (27-0-1) in the ninth and 12th rounds, yet Fury clearly outboxed Wilder for large portions of the remainder of their entertaining showdown.
Fury looked finished when Wilder put him flat on his back with two minutes left in the fight, but he rose and made it to the bell.
Judge Robert Tapper scored the fight 114-112 for Fury, while Alejandro Rochin favored Wilder 115-111. Judge Phil Edwards scored it a 113-113 draw, with Wilder’s knockdowns compensating for Fury’s superior technique.
Both men weren’t overly upset by the verdict after a compelling bout in front of a frenzied Hollywood crowd.