In the ninth round Wilder caught Fury with a left-right combination that rocked the Gypsy King to the floor for a seven count but it was the big right in the 12th that should have finished the fight.
"The only thing against him is he'd had a long lay-off (of nearly three years), and he's not boxed anywhere near the class he needs to now", McDermott, the last fighter said to have beaten Fury, told Press Association Sport.
The two-weight world champion posted: "A draw, I understand (even tho I feel Fury won by a 2 or 3 rds)".
The consensus was that Fury outboxed Wilder despite his 12th round knockdown
Speaking after the contest, he signalled his intent to unify the title belts of the heavyweight division and suggested he could face Anthony Joshua next. I came here tonight and I fought my heart out.
The best part is that we might get to do it all over again. "I started overthrowing the right hand, and I just couldn't adjust". I rushed my punches.
Either way, the fight will live long in the memory of boxing fans. Bless you and your family, god bless you, and god bless America.
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"I don't know anybody on the planet who could move like that". Yes he could last all 12 rounds, with the fight going to a split decision draw, but no he couldn't avoid Wilder's biggest shots as the Brit was twice sent to the canvas.
Wilder scored two knockdowns and thought he won.
"I think with the two knockdowns I definitely won the fight", Wilder said. And Fury undoubtedly will go home proud that he traveled away from home and hung with one of the game's most powerful punchers.
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Each will look at moments in the fight and wish they'd done something differently, but when you're fighting the best in the world, it's not simple to do what you want when you want. Fury used his twitchy movement and near-constant feints to disrupt the rhythm of Wilder, whose trademark looping punches rarely found their mark. A hard overhand right to the side of Fury's head dropped the Englishman for the first time in the fight.
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