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.
There most definitely going to be a rematch either in the United States or the United Kingdom, as Fury had previously expressed interest in fighting Wilder at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester.
Twitter went bonkers on the official decision and argued that Tyson Fury was the better man in the fight and should have emerged victorious.
— Eddie Chambers (@champfasteddie) December 2, 2018
Man that was the funniest/craziest fight I’ve ever seen in my life. What the H-E-🏒🏒 just happened?!?!?!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) December 2, 2018
Thank you Paulie Malignaggi . Someone has the guts to tell the truth ! pic.twitter.com/WtDOBq4pBd
— Eddie Brown (@EBBronx) December 2, 2018
Getting up from that knockdown, coming back to taunt Wilder and then back him up, tells you everything you need to know about @Tyson_Fury!
WHAT A FIGHT!!! 👏
— Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) December 2, 2018
Tyson Fury clearly outboxed Wilder for 10 of 12 rounds, but what upsets me most isn't that Fury proved, in terms of skill, that he is the world's best heavyweight. It's that Fury survived what should have been one of the most brutal knockouts of the last decade to claim that win.
— The Naked Gambler (@NakedGambling) December 2, 2018
This #WilderFury judging takes me back to my first fight with @holyfield Just goes to show how hard it is for a Brit to come to America and take someone’s belt even tho that’s what we clearly saw. Big up to @Tyson_Fury who never ceases to amaze me. Hold ur head high! 👊🏾💥
— Lennox Lewis (@LennoxLewis) December 2, 2018
Massive respect to @Tyson_Fury he’s a champ, a phenomenal comeback I’ve never shouted so much at a tv, be proud you’ve brought so much excitement to British boxing tonight congratulations your a winner in my eyes & the rest of the UK 🇬🇧
Draw my arse! pic.twitter.com/NJjufCYcEP
— Frank Bruno MBE (@frankbrunoboxer) December 2, 2018
Great Heavyweight Championship Fight! I thought @Tyson_Fury won and still Lineal Champion, judges somehow gave edge to the Champion. Respect to both guys, Wilder almost pulled off the KO in 12th round. #WilderFury
— Tom Loeffler (@TomLoeffler1) December 2, 2018
— Tom Gray (@Tom_Gray_Boxing) December 2, 2018
If you don't respect @Tyson_Fury after that, if you don't rate the man's skills, if you don't admire his fighting guts, then you've never competed in a combat sport in your entire life, and you don't have a clue what you're watching! @BenDavison_ #wilderfury #boxing
— Tom Gray (@Tom_Gray_Boxing) December 2, 2018
He was robbed.
But what an astonishing comeback fight by @Tyson_Fury. We all thought he was done as he lay on the canvas in the 12th.
But somehow he got back up.
The Gipsy King is the real life Rocky Balboa: a warrior with incredible guts & a massive heart. 👊👍 pic.twitter.com/B9HLuR9Jii
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 2, 2018
What a man Tyson Fury is! 😂🙌🏽 got knocked tonight big time… The Gypsy King is back! 💪🏽
— James DeGale (@jamesdegale1) December 2, 2018
Even though I’ve made money on the draw, I don’t believe it was.
Wilder has two 10-8 rounds and at the most two 10-9 rounds so he scored 112 points
— Adam Catterall (@AdamCatterall) December 2, 2018
Tyson Fury's instant zombie-like revival to that knockdown in the 12th will be one of Boxing's most iconic moments in years to come, absolute chills, what a comeback from the big man, he's been proving everyone wrong his whole life, that's a true champion in my eyes.
— Al Foran (@ImpressionistAL) December 2, 2018
Tyson Fury got up after this… 😳 pic.twitter.com/QD4TFT5bbL
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 2, 2018
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) December 2, 2018
RUN. IT. BACK.
Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder's fight results in a draw. pic.twitter.com/ra7ysj30wo
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 2, 2018
Tyson Fury is the no.1 heavyweight in the world. I do not give a fuck what anyone says.
— The Superfly Boxing Podcast (@PulgasBoxeo) December 2, 2018
All im going to say is.
TYSON FURY 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
— Liam Smith (@LiamBeefySmith) December 2, 2018
All bookies should pay out on a tyson fury win. Please retweet 🙂
— Gamal Yafai (@Gamal_yafai) December 2, 2018
— Master Knowledge (@Spencer_Fearon) December 2, 2018
Great night for the heavyweight division, great night for boxing, and two MEN who have every reason to be proud. So grateful to work with the @BronzeBomber, a great champion. Hail @Tyson_Fury, the Gypsy King. #Boxing won tonight.
— Lou DiBella (@loudibella) December 2, 2018
If you were lucky enough to listen to @joerogan podcast with @Tyson_Fury and witnessed him get off the ground in that 12th round. That spoken absolute volumes to me. He's been in a lower place than that canvas. Shivers when he got up 🙌 #WilderVsFury
— Rory's Stories (@RorysStories) December 2, 2018
I've never seen a man die and come back to life all in 10 seconds until I saw what Tyson Fury did tonight.
— Andreas Hale (@AndreasHale) December 2, 2018