Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) had tremendous difficulty in finding a rhythm and was largely relegated to throwing single punches, most of which were easily defended by Fury.
Fury, the former lineal champion in the division, rose from the canvas to claim a majority draw on the judges scorecards, 115-111, 114-112, 113-113, thereby allowing Wilder to keep his title.
Deontay Wilder also opened up on the controversial outcome of the fight, assuring that he feels he did enough to win. 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.
The fight went the way that the Englishman wanted and Wilder was more defensive than he has ever been, only really daring to come out of his shell in the final 10 seconds of each round. I wasn't hurt. I did not sit still, I was too hesitant, I started overthrowing the right hand.
The American hit Fury with a right hand and a left hook, leaving the 30-year-old motionless on his back.
As the count of Jack Reiss, the referee, reached five, Fury seemed to wake up.
Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder embrace after their WBC heavyweight championship boxing match, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. We're both warriors, but with those two drops I think I won the fight.
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Hurd (23-0, 16 KOs) overcame early trouble and floored the English challenger with one devastating right to the body. The ring is ready for Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder to clash in the WBC Belt heavyweight title fight this afternoon.
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Manny Pacquiao is looking forward to seeing a second chapter in the Wilder-Fury story after watching "two great heavyweights trading shots".
"I literally saw this man's eyes roll into the back of his head, and I thought it was over". We can do better in the offensive phase, but today the result was more important. But early in the ninth, Fury went down when he absorbed a shot to the top of the head from Wilder. "The respect was mutual".
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"To me Tyson Fury put himself in harm's way and caused himself to get knocked down". "That's what we proved tonight, and I'm ready to do it again".
"One hundred per cent we'll do the rematch", Fury said. The champion's trademark wild, looping punches rarely found their mark.
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.
Heading into a round nine, Fury was leading 78-74 on Tapper's card and 77-75 on Edwards's, with Rochin having the latter margin in Wilder's favour.