DEONTAY WILDER retained his WBC heavyweight title via highly contentious draw with Tyson Fury.

Tyson Fury looked like the boss for much of the fight, making a mockery of those who felt this contest had come too soon into his comeback. In the early going, he jabbed well, moved his head superbly and make Deontay Wilder – one of the most feared fighters in the sport – look ordinary for long periods.

But it was that punching power that allowed the American to salvage a drawn verdict on the cards. He dropped Fury in the ninth, but by the start of the 12th the challenger was three minutes away from a famous victory.

And then it happened. Wilder landed a cannonball right hand that sent Fury toppling backwards before he swiped in a left hook that appeared to smash the challenger out of consciousness. Flat on his back, motionless bar the blinking of his eyes, Fury looked a beaten man.

Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury - WBC World Heavyweight Title

Yet he hauled himself upright and, quite incredibly, finished the contest taunting the exhausted champion by putting his hands by his waist and sticking out his tongue.

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