Wilder Retains Heavyweight Crown After Fury Thriller Ends In Draw

Deontay Wilder poses for photographs after the WBC heavyweight championship bout against Luis Ortiz on Saturday, March 3, 2018, in New York. Wilder won in the 10th round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

SAN FRANCISCO, December 02, (THEWILL) – Deontay Wilder retained his WBC heavyweight crown on Saturday after battling to a split decision draw against Britain’s Tyson Fury in a pulsating 12-round battle.

Wilder had Fury on the canvas twice, including a spectacular final round knockdown, but was unable to get the knockout victory he had promised to deliver at the Staples Center.

AFP reports that the three judges were divided on the outcome, with one scoring it 115-111 for Wilder, another 114-110 for Fury and the third 113-113.

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