Tyson Fury called Anthony Joshua out after drawing against Deontay Wilder

Tyson Fury called Anthony Joshua out after drawing against Deontay Wilder

All three judges in charge of the WBC heavyweight title fight on Saturday night decided on a different outcome as a split draw was registered.

The American didn't win more than four rounds (that is being generous), although in the ninth and 12th, he did knock Fury to the canvas.

"I think with the two knockdowns I definitely won the fight", said Wilder afterwards.

"I said a prayer in the dressing room, I prayed for him to go home safely to his family". I lost the plan as I was trying to get him out of there.

The fight went the way that the Englishman wanted and Wilder was more defensive than he has ever been, only really daring to come out of his shell in the final 10 seconds of each round. "I started overthrowing the right hand and I just couldn't adjust". Fury may have taken the eighth with a combination that ended in two strong rights that stunned Wilder, but the champion landed a combination of overhands in the ninth that dropped the challenger, with Fury getting up at the count of nine.

He somehow managed to get up off the floor and continue the fight eventually sealing a controversial draw.

Fans want to see Joshua face either Wilder or Fury, but the demand for a rematch might be too hard to ignore.

Following the decision, both men said they thought they did enough to eke out the win.

"We're on away soil", he said.


"In a rematch, I can only imagine that he will be even better prepared".

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. We're the best in the world.

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. Right hand, followed with a left hook. "The respect was mutual".

There were plenty more backing Fury on social media. That man is a fearsome puncher and I was able to avoid that.

BBC analyst Steve Bunce added: "In addition to bringing a brilliant triangle of fights between the three of them, these two are bringing stuff that those guys back then didn't have". "That's what we proved tonight, and I'm ready to do it again".

"One hundred percent we'll do the rematch".

Until Wilder's sensational final round knockdown, Fury appeared to be heading for what would have been a remarkable upset. The champion's trademark wild, looping punches rarely found their mark.

Tapper and Edwards scored rounds two through to four for Fury, having each awarded the opener to Wilder.

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