The biggest questions for Tyson Fury going into his WBC heavyweight title fight with Deontay Wilder was whether or not he had the stamina to go the whole 12 rounds and avoid the Bronze Bomber's incredible right hand.
Tyson Fury appeared to be out cold on the canvas after eating a right hand and a crushing left hook from WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in the 12th round.
"I think with the two knockdowns I definitely won the fight", said Wilder (40-0-1), adding that he started slow and rushed his punches in a sub-par performance.
Judge Robert Tapper scored the fight 114-112 for Fury, while Alejandro Rochin favored Wilder 115-111.
Judge Phil Edwards and The Associated Press both scored it a 113-113 draw, with Wilder's knockdowns compensating for Fury's superior technique.
Both fighters preserved their unbeaten records with the draw, but both thought they had done enough to earn the victory in the bout, which played out before 17,698 fans in downtown Los Angeles.
With just two minutes left in the fight, a vicious right-left combination from Wilder left Fury flat on his back.
"?One hundred? percent we'll do the rematch", said Fury, fighting in the first heavyweight title pay-per-view bout in America since 2002. That's a lesson I learned a long time ago but I went back to it. I don't know what fight he was watching. In his worst state, Fury was almost 400 pounds.
Fury's jab did a lot of damage and kept Wilder at bay.
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Wilder, the more aggressive of the two fighters early on, quickly moved into an early lead. I think when he's exhausted he's more risky because he just flings those punches around and if one of them hit you round the head, you're going to go down and it happened.
Wilder at first celebrated with a shimmy only to appear stunned when Fury beat the count and got back on his feet. The man himself credited God with helping him to continue the fight.
"The rematch I guarantee I'm going to get him".
In ballyhooed a matchup of two towering men for the WBC heavyweight title, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder displayed everything but settled nothing.
"When I rush my punches like that I'm never accurate".
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live's boxing podcast, Costello said: "It has created all this controversy and debate, but it came at the end not of a stinker, as many of us feared, but it's a draw that we are all talking about - it's contentious for me, rather than controversial".
Wilder, who also had Fury on the deck in the ninth round, was adamant he had won.
Trainer Dave Coldwell tweeted: "I gave Wilder two 10-8s and one other round".
In the champion's favour were the two knockdowns he managed against the challenger, which nonetheless should have been insufficient in helping him to a draw. "That's what we proved tonight, and I'm ready to do it again".