Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury went to war in one of the greatest heavyweight clashes of the modern era, a fight that ended in a controversial split decision.
What a fight!
It really did seem as though Fury did more than enough to get the win but like we’ve seen too often in boxing, something of a questionable draw was given.
All was going well for The Gypsy King until the ninth round. After eight rounds that showed Fury utilising his masterful defensive skills to their finest, Wilder was finally able to connect with one of his infamous right-hands, catching the Manchester man behind the ear and forcing the first knockdown of the night.
Tyson was able to rebound emphatically in the tenth round though, showing no signs of the damage he had taken and from there, things seemed to be firmly back under his control.
That was, until the twelfth round, where once again, Deontay’s bombs connect – this time a beautiful right-left combo that seemingly shut Fury’s lights off once and for all.
And yet, against all odds, the man sprung back to life to see out the round – firing back at the Bronze Bomber just seconds later.
Deontay Wilder knocked down Tyson Fury and he got back up ?☠️ pic.twitter.com/LOpwaBYBot
— Tailgate Sports (@_TailgateSports) December 2, 2018
The entire post-fight saw the SHOWTIME broadcasting team, including veteran Mauro Ranallo and Paulie Malignaggi, left in a state of disbelief at the decision to call the fight a draw – a decision which will no doubt bring about a lucrative sequel at some point next year.
— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) December 2, 2018
Decisions aside, though, it was an enthralling contest between two of the very best in the game and no matter how we feel about the circumstances, we’re still getting another helping at some point soon – and that ain’t a bad thing.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena