Lineal Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and current WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder battled to a majority draw at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
In a classic battle of the two big heavyweights, many scored the fight for Tyson Fury even though he got knocked down twice in round nine and twelve. The judges gave Wilder the nod 115-111 on one card, Fury 114-110 on another and the third scoring the fight 113-113.
Tyson Fury put on the Boxing clinic for the entire fight except for the ninth and twelveth round where he got knocked down by Wilder. The most surprising moment of the fight was in the 12th round when Wilder landed a massive punch in the first minute which put Fury on the ground and it looked like Wilder had done it, as Fury was out cold and it didn’t look like he would get up. But he survived the round and this sent shockwaves around the world.
Deontay Wilder who comes from a very religious Christian household said that God woke up Tyson Fury from that devastating knockdown so that they could rematch.
Speaking to TMZ, he said: “The main thing that I wanted was to bring heavyweight division back to America and to put the sport back on notice. Here boxing is like the last sport and people did not know who the heavyweight champion of the world was. When the Klitschko guys came in, they were European guys and no one knew who they were. So I felt like, it was my mission to try and bring it back.“
“I Went into the ring and to see so many people that showed up, it was amazing. It kind of put little pressure on me, allowed me to really want to knock Fury out and I got overly anxious to knock Fury out and that allowed my gameplan to totally go out of the window and allowed to overthrow my punches.“
Wilder has knocked out every man that stepped inside the ring with me, except Tyson Fury and even though it looked like he had knocked out Fury, he got up from that devastating punch.
“I was definitely surprised that he got up. I think had an army of prayer around him that night and I think God doesn’t make mistakes. I think god woke that guy up for the rematch.
“God lifted that man up from that knockout, So now when we have the rematch, I am going to do what I need to do, there are no excuses that’s going to be said, and that’s just the way how I look at it, from my point of view because I have no idea, nor do we have any idea, how the hell he got up from the floor.“
“Now I won the rematch as soon as possible.“
How do you see the rematch playing out?