LOS ANGELES, Dec 2: Deontay Wilder retained his WBC heavyweight crown here on Saturday after battling to a split decision draw against Britain�s Tyson Fury in a pulsating 12-round battle.
Wilder had Fury on the canvas twice, including a spectacular final round knockdown, but was unable to get the knockout victory he had promised to deliver at the Staples Centre.
The three judges were divided on the outcome, with one scoring it 115-111 for Wilder, another 114-112 for Fury and the third 113-113.
�I think with the two knockdowns I definitely won the fight,� said Wilder afterwards.
�We poured our hearts out tonight. We�re both warriors, but with those two drops I think I won the fight.�
Wilder, who remains unbeaten after 41 fights, immediately called for a rematch.
�I would love for it to be my next fight,� Wilder said.
�Let�s give the fans what they want to see. It was a great fight and let�s do it again.�
Fury meanwhile insisted he had done enough to win.
�We�re on away soil, I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight,� Fury said. � AFP