Commentator Mauro Ranallo had uttered his trademark "mamma mia", telling us that Wilder had done it, as The Bronze Bomber wheeled away towards a neutral corner, no doubt confident in the assumption that the fight was his. But Wilder seemed to think he was and went for the knockout. With the scores set at 115 - 111 to Wilder, 110 - 114 in favour of Fury, and 113 - 113, that extra point one way or the other was unquestionably the difference between victory, defeat, and the draw.
Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder's "contentious" draw has "changed the whole dynamic of the heavyweight division", says BBC boxing commentator Mike Costello. "I had a holy hand upon me tonight and brought me back".
Lewis believes the majority draw result showed "how hard it is for a Brit to come to America and take someone's belt" when Fury overcame two knockdowns in the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday night, including one particularly devastating hammer blow which left him prone on the canvas in the final round. "We are two great champions".
And when asked if he thought Joshua could have got up from the punches that knocked him down, Fury was steadfast in his response: "No way, no way, he can't move so he would never have got out of the way of Wilder".
Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) retains the WBC belt, while Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) can still call himself the lineal heavyweight champion. But Fury just beat the count and survived the round as a crowd of 17,698 roared its approval.
"I fought back from suicide, from mental anxiety and depression. It was a great fight and let's do it again". It doesn't matter to me where we do it.
Tyson Fury Somehow Got Up From A Vicious Deontay Wilder Hook To Earn A Draw
Yep, Tyson Fury is essentially boxing world's answer to The Undertaker. He vacated his titles and spent 2 ½ years out of the ring before getting sober.
"One hundred percent we'll do the rematch".
From the moment the fight was made, Wilder promised he would do to Fury what he had done to every man he has faced, and that meant knock him out. I think when he's exhausted he's more risky because he just flings those punches around and if one of them hit you round the head, you're going to go down and it happened. However, like in the 12th round, Fury recovered quickly and began to land punches again on the champion.
"The gameplan was to go to the body a bit more".
A right hand sent Fury rocking backwards towards the deck and a brutal left hand on the way down appeared to be the coup de grace for the challenger. "At the end of the fight, that's what it's all about", Wilder said. Fury finished on his toes.
As the fight entered the final round, neither fighter could be certain he was winning.
The American hit Fury with a right hand and a left hook, leaving the 30-year-old motionless on his back. Fury was back to his quicksilver boxing in a wonderfully impressive round 10, shaking off the damage sustained in the previous session.