The past few months in the boxing world have been frantic to say the least.
With trash talk and barely contained press conferences in the lead up to what proved one of the most compelling fights in recent boxing history, it's safe to say the glamour in the heavyweight division is finally back.
Last Saturday’s bout between undefeated defending WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and undefeated challenger and former WBA (Super), WBO, IBF, IBO, The Ring, and lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury was hosted by the Staples Center, Los Angeles.
Whilst widely anticipated and wildly entertaining, the full, 12-round contest nevertheless brought disappointment to many fans, which finished in a controversial split draw with the scorecard at 115-111 for Wilder, 114-112 for Fury, and 113-113.
Both fighters have been vocal concerning the outcome, with each claiming the win from the fallout and each calling for the sacking of judge Alejandro Rochin.
However, in stark contrast to the pre-fight hype, the mutual respect of each fighter following the clash, has been obvious.
Posting a picture of the bruised, battered, and prematurely jubilant ‘Bronze Bomber’ following one of Fury’s two knockdowns in the ninth and 12th, Wilder took to Instagram to send a message to his fans and the boxing universe.
Whilst perhaps unclear, it can be safely assumed that Wilder sees himself as ‘David’ and Fury as the ‘Goliath’ given Fury’s 44-pound weight advantage, but two definitive floorings.
The winner of any rematch – looking certain to be 2019 – will be next in the crosshairs for WBA, WBO and IBF champion Anthony Joshua, who seems unconcerned which fighter he will face.
Responding to a tweet indicating Wilder’s interest, Joshua replied: “What took this fool so long? Like we ain’t been interested?!!
“Anyway well done Fury! They wanted to get you because they assumed you was finished?? I’ll give you a fair one when your ready! Either one of you!”