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Tyson Fury watches the 12th round of Deontay Wilder fight back for the first time

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The WBC has sanctioned a rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.

The first meeting between the two heavyweights, in Los Angeles on Saturday, ended in a controversial draw.

It was such a thrilling battle that it’s not a surprise that a rematch has been ordered.

"Wilder and Fury gave boxing one of the best fights in the heavyweight division in a long time, which has created tremendous popular demand for the fans to see a rematch," the WBC said in a statement, per BBC Sport.

"The WBC is happy to confirm a direct rematch has been approved."

Many observes felt that Fury deserved to win. He showcased his slick movement and speed, making it difficult for Wilder to connect.

But when the American did get through, the outcome was fierce. Wilder knocked Fury down twice, in the ninth and 12th rounds, and the Gypsy King will have to be wary of Wilder’s power in a rematch.

Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury

Fury dissects the 12th round

Fury’s resurrection in the 12th round was one of the most spellbinding sights in recent boxing history and he’s talked through it while dissecting the final stanza.

BT Sport showed Fury the 12th round for the first time and it’s fascinating to hear him talking through it.

In the video, Fury admits that he tried to knock Wilder out in a hope to “end the American dream”.

“I should have just boxed on my toes around the ring,” he admits.

Talking about the knockdown, Fury says: “Listen, Wilder’s celebrating like it’s over but the Gypsy King gets up. Look at the legs, how strong the legs are.

“[The referee] says to me ‘move to the left, move to the right, go that way’. I said ‘I’m fine’. And I was.

“And then he come rushing forward again and in this round I hit him with the best right hand, left hook anybody’s ever threw.”

The 30-year-old Briton goes on to claim that the lack of reaction from Wilder at the end of the fight is evidence that the American thought he had lost.

Was a draw a fair result? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Deontay Wilder
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