American boxer, Deontay Wilder on Sunday morning at the Staples Center in Los Angeles retained his WBC heavyweight boxing title via a split draw decision against Britain’s Tyson Fury.
After 12 rounds of an intriguing, action-packed bout, the judges; Alejandro Rochin of Mexico scored it 115-111 to Wilder, Robert Tapper of Canada had it 114-110 in favour of Fury while Phil Edwards of the United Kingdom scored it 113-113.
Speaking after the encounter, Fury, popularly known as the Gypsy King said he feels he should have been announced the winner of the match despite being knocked down twice by Wilder.
“We’re on away soil. I got knocked down twice but I still believe I won that fight. I’m being a total professional here. I went to Germany to fight Klitschko and I went to America to fight Deontay Wilder. God bless America. The Gypsy King has returned,” he said.
He continued: “I’m what you call a pro athlete that loves to box. I don’t know anyone on the planet that can move like that. That man is a fearsome puncher and I was able to avoid that. The world knows I won the fight.
“I hope I did you all proud after nearly three years out of the ring. I was never going to be knocked down tonight. I showed good heart to get up. I came here tonight and I fought my heart out.
“I’ve been away from me family for 10 weeks. I’m just going to spend some time with my family. Well deserved. One hundred percent, we’ll do the rematch. We are two great champions. Me and this man (Wilder) are the two best heavyweights on the planet.”
Responding, Wilder said: “I think with the two knockdowns I definitely won the fight. We poured our hearts out tonight. We’re both warriors but with those two drops I think I won the fight.
“I came out slow. I rushed my punches. I didn’t sit still. I was too hesitant. I started overthrowing the right hand and I just couldn’t adjust. When you’re at each other and you have a great fight, we give each other all we’ve got.
“At the end of the fight that’s what it’s all about. He was just tell me great fight, he loves, and thank you for the opportunity. We’re the best in the world. The respect was mutual.
“I was rushing my punches. That’s something I usually don’t do. I couldn’t let it go tonight. I was forcing my punches too much instead of sitting back being patient and waiting it. I really wanted to get him out of there give the fans what they want to see.
“I didn’t feel no pressure at all. When I rush my punches like that I’m never accurate. The rematch I guarantee I’m going to get him.
“I would love for it to be my next fight (on the rematch). Why not? Let’s give the fans what they want to see. It was a great fight and let’s do it again. It doesn’t matter to me where we do it.
“We’re the two best in the world and we proved it tonight. When you get two warriors you get a great fight. That’s what we proved tonight and I’m ready to do it again.”