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03 December, 2018

In a decision that will forever be debated, WBC heavyweight titlist, Deontay Wilder retained his belt with a controversial draw versus the crafty, Tyson Fury on Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

When asked if this was his preference, Fury was vague at post-fight press conference.

It is even likely that a London football stadium, like where Anthony Joshua has established himself as the IBF, WBA and WBO champion, would be considered as the venue for a potential rematch in the spring. Tyson Fury won couple tune-up fights after coming out of long hiatus due to a drug test failure, substance abuse problems, and other health issues.

"When you get two warriors, you get a great fight", Wilder said. "Let's give the fans what they want to see".

The bout was a rare meeting of two unbeaten heavyweight stars in their apparent primes, with both fighters putting aside caution and the typical squabbles over money or belts to stage one of the most compelling matchups in the glamour division's recent history.

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"Tyson will fight in the United Kingdom again". Fury would try to steal rounds with late flurries and then raising his hands in triumph as the bell sounded. "That's what we proved tonight, and I'm ready to do it again".

Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sports, which promotes Joshua, stayed up to watch the fight from England and told ESPN.com via email: "I had Fury winning the fight as most did. The world knows I won the fight", said Fury, in the immediate aftermath of his effort. "Fury's stock went up!"

Wilder finally found a home for the right hand in the ninth round.

"I'll be more patient in throwing punches", said the 33-year old Wilder, who at times was made to look downright amateurish by Fury. Wilder struggled to land a punch as Fury's constant movement kept the champion off balance. From our side we want that undisputed fight ASAP and that's Deontay Wilder in April 13 at Wembley.

How Fury was able to recover drew an awed response from anyone who witnessed. Fury opened with a hard right, but Wilder flushed him with a devastating right-left combination that put Fury down. He came close, dropping Fury in the ninth round and again in the final round, but Fury showed the same kind of heart and will that helped him overcome the nightmare of the past three years since he won three major titles and the lineal championship three years ago this week in a monumental upset of Klitschko, the longtime champion.

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