Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury battled their way to a split decision draw in an epic battle at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Despite tasting the canvas on two separate occasions, Fury dominated the contest and had every reason to feel aggrieved at the judge’s scorecards, which read 115-111 for Wilder, 114-112 for Fury and 113-113 a draw.
“We’re on away soil, I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight,” said Fury, “I hope I did you all proud after nearly three years out of the ring. I was never going to be knocked down tonight. I showed good heart to get up. I came here tonight, and I fought my heart out.”
Wilder, on the other hand, feels if the two knockdowns should have secured his victory.
“I think with the two knockdowns I definitely won the fight,” said Wilder, “We poured our hearts out tonight. We’re both warriors, but with those two drops I think I won the fight.”
A rematch clause in the contract means we could potentially see a rematch in 2019, and initially, both men seem keen to make that happen.
“I would love for it to be my next fight,” Wilder said. “Why not? Let’s give the fans what they want to see. It was a great fight and let’s do it again. It doesn’t matter to me where we do it.”
“One hundred per cent we’ll do the rematch,” said Fury. “We are two great champions. Me and this man are the two best heavyweights on the planet.”
Whether the rematch will take place in the US or the UK remains to be seen, and is likely to be swayed by the PPV figures from the first contest.