Tyson Fury will target an immediate rematch with Deontay Wilder in 2019 after he called their split decision draw a ‘gift decision’ for the American champion that his promoter Frank Warren will investigate.
Tyson Fury says ‘the world know who the real WBC champion is’ after fighting to a controversial draw with title-holder Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles.
The 30-year-old Briton was knocked down twice in the ninth and 12th rounds but out-boxed Wilder for the majority of the contest.
However, the judges still returned mixed scorecards with Alejandro Rochin marking Wilder as a wide winner at 115-111, Robert Tapper favouring Fury at 114-112 and Phil Edwards scoring a 113-113 draw.
Fury’s promoter Frank Warren plans to write to the World Boxing Council to explain the decision and lobby for an immediate rematch in 2019.
“To be honest, I’ve never seen a worse decision in my life,” said Fury, who remains unbeaten in a 28-fight career.
“I don’t know what he was watching. It’s stuff like this that gives boxing a bad name. All the media will report bad stuff. Everyone in boxing saying bad things, time and again we see it. He needs banning from boxing forever.”
“The world know who the real WBC champion is,” added the former heavyweight champion, who dethroned Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.
“Wilder had a gift decision in his own country. He must be thanking his lucky stars he still has the green and gold belt as that belt belongs to me.”
Fury showed remarkable determination to get up from a vicious right hand-left hook combination in the final round, where he lay motionless for a few seconds before rising to his feet.
“It’s easy to beat me – nail me to the canvas,” Fury said.
“Credit to him, he caught me flush. I got up and don’t know how. You can’t go swimming and not get wet. I got wet, drenched actually.”
The 6-foot-9-inch heavyweight could have been stopped on his back by referee Jack Reiss but Fury thanked him for giving the Manchester-born fighter a chance.
“When you’re on your back flat out, you don’t know what your legs will be like,” he said.
“I see it in boxing, they get up after a few seconds and the legs are gone.
“I gave myself the time. Fair play to the referee, fantastic, one of the best I have ever experienced.”
It was a spirited performance that could arguably go down as one of the best comebacks in heavyweight history.
After beating Klitschko, Fury was absent from the ring for two-and-a-half years as he battled mental health struggles and substance abuse, where he gained over 180 kilograms in weight.
“Am I going to go AWOL again? We are prepared this time,” Fury said.
“When you give up the passion to live, you’re in a bad place. I was already depressed before the Klitschko fight, heavily. Now I am in a great place.
“I was in an ill state. Now I am happy to be healthy. The most important thing is my health. Thank God I am alive and well. I go back chin up, chest out.”