Deontay Wilder's hilarious expression as Tyson Fury gets up from brutal knockdown

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In the end Fury's fearless effort was not enough to wrench the WBC belt off of the American with the judges scoring the contest a split-decision draw.

The hard-hitting Wilder had Fury down in the ninth and final rounds of the match but the Briton controlled much of the fight behind his long jab, precise footwork and stout defence.

However, while Robert Tapper scored the bout 114-112 in his favour, Alejandro Rochin had it 115-111 for Wilder.

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"But the world knows the truth - I thought I won the fight".

"It happened to me and I knew it was going to happen to him. I started overthrowing the right hand and I just couldn't adjust".

"That man is a fearsome puncher, but I avoided his shots tonight".

Both fighters preserved their unbeaten records with the draw, but both thought they had done enough to earn the victory in the bout, which played out before 17,698 fans in downtown Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Lakers basketball star LeBron James wrote: "Man that was the funniest/craziest fight I've ever seen in my life".

"We are two great champions", he said.

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"It was what it was", Fury said.

Deontay Wilder reflects on his fight with Tyson Fury, saying that he failed to make some adjustments, but still felt that he should have won the fight.

A punch to the top of Fury's head shockingly put him down in the ninth, but he bounced up quickly.

"But that's why you've got to go in and try and knock the other person out, especially if you're not on home soil".

From the moment the fight was made, Wilder promised he would do to Fury what he had done to every man he has faced, and that meant knock him out.

If Wilder's explosive power already posed a significant threat, the biggest question surrounding Fury's chances was whether he had truly recovered from that period, in which he admitted to taking cocaine, becoming suicidal and lived to such excess he reached an estimated 27 stone. While Fury came out with heightened public perception of his abilities and standing in the game, Wilder's stock drops with this draw.

Wilder, who couldn't believe what he was seeing, smiled in disbelief after seeing Fury rise up. I was too hesitant.

The second of those came via a vicious left hand in the 12th round that seemed to have ended the bout.

A right hand sent Fury rocking backwards towards the deck and a brutal left hand on the way down appeared to be the coup de grace for the challenger.

Opinions were divided on the judges' decision, however, with some claiming that Fury was robbed of one of the greatest comebacks in history despite two knockdowns. He steadied himself and went back to work, and even landed a few shots of his own before the final bell. But Fury went down again - and almost everybody thought it was for good. I came here tonight and I fought my heart out.

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