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But his fearless effort against Deontay Wilder was not enough to seal a fairytale ending with the three judges unable to split the two and scoring it a draw after 12 pulsating rounds.
Fury battled back from depression and alcohol and drug abuse to return to boxing after a two-and-a-half hiatus back in June and nearly capped off a remarkable year by being crowned the world heavyweight champion again on Saturday night. Fury-Wilder II might be the preferred choice after the unsatisfying ending to their fight Saturday night at the Staples Center.
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. But Fury went down again - and almost everybody thought it was for good.
"We gave each other all we've got", Wilder said.
Fury appeared to be on his way to a decision victory when he came out for the final round - and a minute later, he looked totally finished when Wilder put him on his back with a right-left combination.
As the count of Jack Reiss, the referee, reached five, Fury seemed to wake up.
Manny Pacquiao, who has won world titles in eight weight classes, added on the social networking site: "Respect to Fury for sticking to his game plan and to Wilder for closing the gap with two huge knockdowns!" This performance showed he has convincingly recovered from that, and he may even again prove the best heavyweight in the world.
In the post-match conference Fury said a "holy hand" helped him get back on his feet and spoke of overcoming mental health issues and fighting back from suicide.
Of course, Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KO), disagreed, saying, "I think with the two knockdowns I definitely won the fight".
Instead, the main talking point from a thrilling contest was Fury's miraculous recovery after being knocked down by Wilder in the 12th round.
Fury's Lazarus-like comeback in the twelfth looked as if it might be enough to clinch victory when the final bell rang but once the scorecards were read aloud, it confirmed that neither man could claim to be the victory after one of the best heavyweight title bouts of recent times.
"I'm just going to enjoy the moment because the last big fight I didn't enjoy the moment", said Fury. "I thought I won the fight".
"If it's a great fight and fans want to see the rematch then why not?"
According to CompuBox punch statistics, Wilder landed 71 of 430 shots (17 percent), and Fury landed 84 of 327 (26 percent). Fury, on a steady comeback after his career was almost derailed two years ago from personal issues, arguably never looked better in his life inside the ring.
Former two-weight world champion Andre Ward wrote on Twitter: "A draw, I understand (even tho I feel Fury won by a 2 or 3 rds)".
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