American boxer Deontay Wilder appears to have confirmed a rematch with Tyson Fury after their controversial scorecard draw over the weekend.
Writing about the David versus Goliath fight on Instagram on Dec. 3, Wilder said that he couldn’t wait for a rematch with the British fighter.
“It was an amazing fight and I wanted nothing but greatness to come from this. The fight lived up to the hype more than ever, ” Wilder wrote.”At the end of the day, Boxing wins and the fans are the real winner and I can’t wait for Wilder-Fury2.”
Wilder admitted that the pressure of the event had rattled him, saying he was “overly anxious to knock his head off, so I abandoned the game plan.”
“You saw the best Fury, but you did not get the best Wilder and I still managed to get the job done,” he said.
After the match, Fury said that he believed fans knew that he was the winner.
Wilder appeared to think differently. He wrote, “I take nothing away from this fight, but we won this fight.”
“To beat the champion you must dominate the champ, and to me, I was the more aggressive fighter and landed the more affective punches,” Wilder added.
Judge Alejandro Rochin, of Mexico, scored the fight 115-111 for Wilder, Canadian judge Robert Tapper scored it 114-112 for Fury, and British judge Phil Edwards had it 113-113 to make it a draw, ESPN reported. Both fighters are unbeaten.
Wilder almost won by knockout in the final round. But Fury surged to his feet in the dying tics of the count after Wilder had laid him out limp on the canvas with a straight right and a left hook.
Wilder had even started to celebrate, apparently assured that Fury would not be back on his feet.
Even Fury wasn’t sure how he did it. “How did I get up from the knockdowns? I don’t know,’’ Fury said afterward. “I had a holy hand upon me tonight and brought me back.’’
Echoing opinions from some fans, Wilder seemed to question the count. “Did the count start 3-4 sec too late? Or was the count too long?”
The fight marked Fury’s return to boxing after a period of depression. He said he wanted his comeback to encourage those who suffered from mental health issues.
Before the fight, Fury told the Irish Mirror that he would donate the entirety of his winnings.
“I’m going to give it to the poor and I’m going to build homes for the homeless,” Fury said.
“I don’t really have much use for it, I’m not interested in becoming a millionaire or a billionaire. I’m a boxer, not a businessman and I’ll probably go down the same route as every other boxer … skint at the end of it all. You can’t take it with you so I might as well do something with it and help out people who can’t help themselves,” he said.
Fury wasn’t asked about the pledge following his controversial draw with Wilder. Many believed Fury won the fight, although Wilder knocked his opponent down twice.
Fury added that he doesn’t want his children to live off the millions he’s made as a boxer. “I believe all kids should make their own money in life because if they don’t, they won’t appreciate it,” Fury said.
Epoch Times reporter Jack Phillips contributed to this report.