The biggest questions for Tyson Fury going into his WBC heavyweight title fight with Deontay Wilder was whether or not he had the stamina to go the whole 12 rounds and avoid the Bronze Bomber's incredible right hand.
Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) had tremendous difficulty in finding a rhythm and was largely relegated to throwing single punches, most of which were easily defended by Fury.
The judges scored the bout 115-111 for Wilder, 114-112 for Fury and 113-113.
"We're both warriors, but with those two drops, I think I won the fight", Wilder said.
'It's not been any secret what I've been doing out of the ring, ' Fury said. "I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight". I lost the plan as I was trying to get him out of there.
Los Angeles Lakers basketball star LeBron James wrote: "Man that was the funniest/craziest fight I've ever seen in my life".
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.
After exchanging harsh words in the leadup to the fight, both men were full of praise for each other following the final bell and were eager for a rematch.
"The world knows the truth, I thought I won the fight, and I should have gone home with that belt, but we're on away soil so God bless his team, God bless America".
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But after several extensions, that competition ended quietly this year with none of the finalists even attempting a launch. He gave the example of retroreflectors - essentially, fancy mirrors that reflect light in the direction it came from.
"I'm not going to take anything from Wilder, he's a great champion and a great man".
"In two or three weeks, I think they will defend very well, and to play against them in a month will be a problem for every team".
Fury, fighting for the third time this year with 26-year-old trainer Ben Davison in his corner, also had former boxing champion Ricky Hatton and seven-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach in his corner.
There were plenty more backing Fury on social media. The Alabama native crashed a right hand just above Fury's ear in the eighth, sending him to the canvas. But Fury managed to come through in the sixth, when his combinations caused some swelling around Wilder's left eye.
It looks all over as Tyson Fury thuds to the canvas after being knocked down by Deontay Wilder during the 12th round. Judge Phil Edwards and the Associated Press scored it a 113-113 draw, with Wilder's knockdowns compensating for Fury's superior technique.
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Wilder, who also had Fury on the deck in the ninth round, was adamant he had won.
A year later, he vacated his titles, following an investigation into doping and a cancelled rematch with Klitschko.
"I would love for it to be my next fight", Wilder said. "That's what we proved tonight, and I'm ready to do it again".