Tyson Fury has shocked the world after bouncing back to the canvas despite looking like he’d been punched into a coma in the final round of one of the most incredible boxing fights of all time.
The 30-year-old British boxer (27-0-1) produced a breathtaking and courageous performance to earn a draw against Deontay Wilder (40-0-1) in the WBC heavyweight championship fight on Sunday (AEDT), however most thought he did enough to win the dazzling encounter.
Fury had appeared to be well in control throughout the fight, using his superior movement and skill to keep his opponent missing, however that all changed in the 12th round when the dangerous Wilder produced a trademark moment.
The big American landed a booming right to the temple of Fury with only a couple of minutes remaining in the bout, and followed it up with a vicious left – leaving Fury crashing to the floor and the 17,698 in attendance at Staples Center, Los Angeles, thinking Wilder had surely won it.
Fury however had other ideas.
Inexplicably, he awoke midway through referee Jack Reiss’ 10 count and sprung to his feet, doing just enough to convince the official he could safely continue and blowing the minds of fight fans worldwide.
I thought he killed Fury with this pic.twitter.com/qR9m1PsXMN
— Ian Wharton (@NFLFilmStudy) December 2, 2018
He got knocked out and got up like the undertaker
— Terence Crawford (@budcrawford402) 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 literally came back from the dead for a draw such bullshit
— Dillon Danis (@dillondanis) December 2, 2018
HOW DID FURY SURVIVE THAT? HE WAS UNCONSCIOUS???@@@@
— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) December 2, 2018
A) I've watched this 30 times and it's still stunning to me that Fury gets back up.
B) Mauro Ranallo is a national treasure. https://t.co/bpgTmo180k
— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) December 2, 2018
Wilder’s reaction was the most hilarious of the night, as the power-puncher quickly realised his opponent was superhuman after briefly dancing away in celebration.
— BOXING CORNER 2️⃣4️⃣/7️⃣ (@boxingcorner247) December 2, 2018
Fury managed to see out the remaining two minutes of the bout, leaving the decision in the hands of the judges.
Typically, there was plenty of controversy around their decisions with Fury not being awarded the points decision, despite appearing to outbox his American opponent for most of the rounds.
In the end, it wound up a split draw. One judge had it 113-113. Another had it 115-111 for Wilder, while the other had it 114-112 for Fury.
Alejandro Rochin had Wilder winning all of the first 4 rounds 😂😂😂😂😂 behave! pic.twitter.com/ePAKFkEsF5
— OLBG.com (@OLBG) December 2, 2018
Most experts, including the Showtime and BT Sports judges, had the fight convincingly to Fury.
The WBC heavyweight title remained around Wilder’s waist in the entertaining battle between two of the division’s best.
— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) December 2, 2018
Sickening. Tyson Fury doesnt deserve that. Fury clearly won. The crowd are disgusted. Leaves a soar taste in the mouth after a truly epic encounter that will go down in the history books.
Thank you @tyson_fury An absolute honour & privilege to be in attendance tonight.
— EditinKing Boxing 🥊 (@EditinKing) December 2, 2018
Fury kept it so real. He knew he won.
— Yungen (@YungenPlayDirty) December 2, 2018
Shades of Lewis-Holyfield-1. Fury boxed beautifully and was robbed really. Wilder saved by two knockdowns. Otherwise taken to school.
— Ian Darke (@IanDarke) December 2, 2018
It wasn’t a draw thought fury won but that score of 115-111 to wilder is horrific
— Enzo Maccarinelli (@theRealEnzoMac) December 2, 2018
Fury was clearly perplexed at the decision, but remained jovial as he responded to the furore.
“We’re on away soil, I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight,” Fury said.
“I’m being a total professional here. I went to Germany to fight [Wladimir] Klitschko and I went to America to fight Deontay Wilder. God bless America. The ‘Gypsy King’ has returned.”
Wilder meanwhile appeared ecstatic with the decision, but did make a pretty compelling argument that he had won the fight.
“I think with the two knockdowns, I definitely won the fight,” Wilder said.
“We poured our hearts out tonight. We’re both warriors, but with those two drops I think I won the fight. I came out slow. I rushed my punches. I didn’t sit still. I was too hesitant. I started overthrowing the right hand and I just couldn’t adjust.”
Now, talk of a rematch is understandably dominating, with both fighters apparently keen to go toe-to-toe again.
“One hundred per cent we’ll do the rematch,” Fury said.
“We are two great champions. Me and this man are the two best heavyweights on the planet.”