Deontay Wilder Couldn't Believe His Eyes When Tyson Fury Got Up

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They will nearly certainly earn much more in a rematch of the most significant heavyweight world title fight in the United States since Lennox Lewis, in what turned out to be his final fight, stopped fellow Hall of Famer Vitali Klitschko in the sixth round of an epic slugfest to retain the title in 2003, coincidentally also at Staples Center.

What was supposed to be a prelude to at least put the public pressure on Anthony Joshua (22-0, 21 KO), who is not only the owner of the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles but the biggest draw in the division, to face the victor of this bout - especially if it was Wilder - at some point in 2019, instead may have tabled that fight for the time being. Wilder controlled the round until Fury landed a couple of shots in the final seconds to get the Brits excited.

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder could be destined for an immediate rematch regardless of the outcome of their WBC heavyweight title fight. Alejandro Rochin of Mexico had it 115-111 for Wilder, while Robert Tapper of Canada saw it 114-110 for Fury. "I came here tonight and I fought my heart out".

It figured to be a match-up of Wilder's power versus Fury's ability to use his foot movement to avoid and frustrate Wilder. "Fury's stock went up!" "At the end of the fight, that's what it's all about", Wilder said.

The 17,698 in the Staples Center had seen Fury contribute immensely, landing punches time and again and goading his rival with confidence. Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) climbed back to his feet and eventually cleared his head, but it seemed as though all momentum had shifted in Wilder's favor.

"I'm what you call a pro athlete that loves to box".

"Wilder's got lightning fists and dynamite in his hands, he's a great fighter, I respect him a lot".

"I don't know if [a rematch] will be my next fight but would love it to be". It was a great fight, and let's do it again.

With Ricky Hatton and Freddie Roach joining trainer Ben Davison in the corner, Fury defied his lack of action - he had fought just 14 rounds since that famous night against Klitschko in Dusseldorf - to impress from the opening bell.

Classy combinations drew cheers from his supporters as Wilder failed to rise to the occasion, often missing the target horribly as he tried to land a big punch.

"We're the two best in the world and we proved it tonight. In a rematch, I can only imagine that he will be even better prepared".

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