Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury ends in controversial draw

Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury fight ends in a split draw
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury ends in a draw / Pic: via Twitter @ShowtimeBoxing

Deontay Wilder retains WBC Heavyweight title

The WBC Heavyweight title was on the line on Sunday December 2 (AEDT) at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The contest featured the defending champion Deontay Wilder, representing the country-host, up against the challenger Tyson Fury of England.

The championship bout went the distance. A split draw was pronounced as a decision of a twelve-round contest.

Judge Robert Tapper favored Fury, 114-112. Judge Alejandro Rochin gave it to Wilder, 115-111. Judge Phil Edwards scored the contest a draw, 113-113.

As a result, Deontay Wilder retains his WBC Heavyweight title and remains undefeated with an updated 40-0-1 (39 KO) record. Tyson Fury as well remains unbeaten with a current 27-0-1 (19 KO) fight record.

After the bout promoter Frank Warren said that he would press the World Boxing Council (WBC) “for a rematch which we wants in the UK. It’s got to happen”, The Telegraph reported.

The result of Wilder vs Fury resembles the decision of the first encounter between Gennady Golovkin and Saul Alvarez in 2017, which similarly ended in a controversial draw. In their second outing in September this year “Canelo” took a majority decision.