A rematch appeared inevitable even before it was controversially announced a draw via scores of 115-111, 114-112 and 113-113 and owing to his classy, gutsy performance as he outboxed the champion, Fury would surely be the favourite. While Joshua ended up facing his WBA mandatory challenger, Alexander Povetkin, back on September 22, Wilder took the fight with Fury.
He said winning would be "the first chapter of a new storybook, the beginning of a new life, a new era of Tyson Fury". "I started overthrowing the right hand, and I just couldn't adjust". "I came out slow".
"I think with the two knockdowns I definitely won the fight", said Wilder afterwards.
Former Heavyweight king, Lennox Lewis believes Tyson Fury would complete one of the greatest comebacks in heavyweight history if he beats Deontay Wilder.
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"We're the two best in the world and we proved it". "Why not? Let's give the fans what they want to see".
Until a sensational final round knockdown from Wilder, Fury appeared to be heading towards what would have been a remarkable upset. The Englishman made Wilder miss constantly, particularly ducking under Wilder's big right hand with grace.
Manny Pacquiao is looking forward to seeing a second chapter in the Wilder-Fury story after watching "two great heavyweights trading shots".
It wasn't until the ninth round that Wilder landed a heavy blow. "Fury's stock went up!" Everyone from Chadwick Boseman, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Shaquille O'Neal to boxing stars Gennady Golovkin and Mikey Garcia gathered for the marquee heavyweight bout.
His powers of recovery certainly impressed WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford, who compared the Briton to a famous WWE wrestler: "He got knocked out and got up like the Undertaker".