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Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury fought to a split draw in Los Angeles on Sunday (NZT), with Wilder retaining his WBC heavyweight title after knocking down his British challenger twice.

"We're on away soil, I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight", said England's Fury, whose awesome comeback continues following a two and a half-year absence from the sport.?

Judge Alejandro Rochin turned in an eyebrow-raising scorecard of 115-111 for Wilder, Robert Tapper had it 114-112 for Fury, and Phil Edwards scored it 113-113 - even. FightNights.com concurred with Tapper, giving Fury a 114-112 score.

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.

Fury appeared to be on his way to a decision victory when he came out for the final round - and a minute later, he looked totally finished when Wilder put him on his back with a right-left combination.

"But the world knows the truth - I thought I won the fight". That's a lesson I learned a long time ago but I went back to it. Although he didn't land it with full force, he dropped Fury, who did not seem badly hurt.

Instead, the main talking point from a thrilling contest was Fury's miraculous recovery after being knocked down by Wilder in the 12th round.

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"The rematch, I guarantee I'm going to get him", Wilder said. And then he came roaring back, stunning Wilder with a right hand as the battled to the final bell. "At the count of six, Fury, who stands at 6'9" 256 pounds, rose to his feet. I was never going to be knocked down tonight.

"I don't know how I get up, I had a holy hand upon me today and that got me back", Fury said after the fight. "It was a great fight and let's do it again".

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".

But early in the ninth, Fury went down when he absorbed a shot to the top of the head from Wilder.

Although Tyson Fury failed to take the heavyweight WBC crown away from the undefeated American champ Deontay Wilder, he won praise among the multi-million boxing fandom for his "rise from the death" in last round. "That's what we proved tonight, and I'm ready to do it again". That's a good thing for the heavyweight boxing division.

"We can only do our best in that ring, no matter what anyone says, Deontay is a great champion", Fury said.


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