One judge scored the bout 115-111 for Wilder, another 114-112 for Fury, and the third 113-113, allowing Wilder to retain his WBC belt and prompting inevitable and justified calls for a rematch.
Wilder (40-0-1) floored Fury (27-0-1) in the ninth and 12th rounds yet Fury clearly outboxed Wilder for large portions of the remainder of their entertaining showdown at Staples Center on Saturday.
Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) is coming off a victory this past March over Luis Ortiz in which he had his loyal fanbase a bit anxious. After overcoming his personal demons, Fury returned to the ring earlier this year following a near three-year layoff and has claimed victory in two fights as he gets set to challenge for a heavyweight title once again.
Fury is aiming to reach the mountaintop of the heavyweight division - a position he once enjoyed after his win over the legendary Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.
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Especially seeing as he had actually just been punched in the face by one of the most devastating punchers in boxing history.
In the seventh Wilder seemed to sense his tactics were paying dividends, as the 30-year-old Fury's footwork began to slow, and with every step, Wilder would gain estate.
Wilder agreed with Fury, explaining that "I 100% agree with that". There weren't any more big punches after that but the fact Fury was even able to get back up from such a vicious knockdown spoke volumes. Judge Phil Edwards and The Associated Press both scored it a 113-113 draw, with Wilder's knockdowns compensating for Fury's superior technique.
Wilder, having successfully defended his title, said he hoped for a rematch, either in the United Kingdom or U.S., and also extended the same gratitude to Fury for a fight that will surely live long in the memory.