The biggest heavyweight title bout in years between WBC champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury lived up to expectations, but ended in disappointing fashion with a split decision draw on the judges scorecards. While Fury seemed to outclass Wilder for most of the night with slick boxing skills and defense, Wilder did knock Fury down twice.
The second knockdown came in the 12th and final round, and was the type of thunderous power that typically ends fights. After rocking Fury with one of his trademark big right hands, Wilder followed up with a left hook that caught the "Gypsy King" flush as he was already falling down.
Flat on his back, Fury appeared to be out cold, and nearly everyone assumed the fight was over -- including Wilder. Yet somehow, Fury reached his feet and left the audience stunned. Following the contest, Fury simply attributed his ability to get back on his feet to God.
Haha Wilder’s face seeing Fury get up pic.twitter.com/UDnEnz9GHo— Wayne Farry (@waynefarry) December 2, 2018
Man that was the funniest/craziest fight I’ve ever seen in my life. What the H-E-🏒🏒 just happened?!?!?!— LeBron James (@KingJames) December 2, 2018
Tyson fury hit all the buttons a hundred times and got up— Wale (@Wale) December 2, 2018
Tyson Fury came back to life like Neo after he realized the Matrix wasn’t real— Dad (@fivefifths) December 2, 2018
Wilder knocks down Fury in the 12th pic.twitter.com/luwJGbrQ52— Andrew Han (@andrewthehan) December 2, 2018
Tyson Fury was all like pic.twitter.com/S7q0n4zRxC— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) December 2, 2018
After getting back on his feet, Fury survived the round to get to the final bell, which many believe should have been enough to get him the victory. The three judges scored the contest 115-111 Wilder, 114-112 Fury and a 113-113 draw. It's unclear what's next for either fighter at this point, but one can only hope a rematch will be booked at some point in 2019.