December 2, 2018
December 2, 2018
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury rematch

Esther Lin/Showtime

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THE “Bronze Bomber” Deontay  Wilder and “The Gypsy King” Tyson Fury fought to a split-decision draw on Saturday night from the Staples Center​ ​in​ ​arguably ​one of the best heavyweight fights in years​.​

After controlling the WBC championship fight early, Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) miraculously overcame two knockdowns by Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) – including an explosive one in round 12 – in the improbable draw. The judges scored the bout 115-111 for Wilder, 114-112 for Fury and 113-113.

In the chief support, Jarrett Hurd (23-0, 16 KOs) defended his 154-pound IBF and WBA world title belts with a fourth-round knockout against James Welborn (24-7, 7 KOs), who was fighting for the first time on American soil.

Former Wilder opponent and heavyweight southpaw Luis Ortiz (30-1, 26 KOs) returned to the Staples Center​ for a second consecutive victory with a resounding 10th-round TKO of Travis Kauffman (32-3, 23 KOs).

In the ​pay-per-view​ telecast opener, Joe Joyce (7-0, 7 KOs) recorded a massive first-round knockout against Joe Hanks (23-3, 15 KOs). Joyce ended the fight officially after just 2:25 as he used a right jab to set up a near-perfect left hook sending Hanks to the canvas and down for the count.

All photos: Esther Lin/Showtime

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