Tyson Fury calls out Anthony Joshua after split draw with Deontay Wilder

Having suffered with depression, alcoholism and drug addiction, Fury's return to boxing and impressive performance in a draw with WBC world champion Wilder has inspired many.

What was supposed to be a prelude to at least put the public pressure on Anthony Joshua (22-0, 21 KO), who is not only the owner of the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles but the biggest draw in the division, to face the victor of this bout - especially if it was Wilder - at some point in 2019, instead may have tabled that fight for the time being.

Wilder had Fury on the canvas twice, including a spectacular final round knockdown, but was unable to get the knockout victory he had promised to deliver at the Staples Center.

Fans and pundits have reacted with disbelief after Tyson Fury's world title bout with Deontay Wilder ended a draw.

Judge Robert Tapper scored the fight 114-110 for Fury, while Alejandro Rochin favored Wilder 115-111. SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION will air live on SHOWTIME and stream for free on the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel and Facebook page immediately preceding the Wilder vs. Fury SHOWTIME PPV.

But early in the ninth, Fury went down when he absorbed a shot to the top of the head from Wilder. But they cheered often during the fight, especially when Fury used his dodging and ducking and showboating to keep Wilder off balance. Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) climbed back to his feet and eventually cleared his head, but it seemed as though all momentum had shifted in Wilder's favor. He came close, dropping Fury in the ninth round and again in the final round, but Fury showed the same kind of heart and will that helped him overcome the nightmare of the past three years since he won three major titles and the lineal championship three years ago this week in a monumental upset of Klitschko, the longtime champion. I don't know, " Fury said. "The respect was mutual".

"When you get two warriors, you get a great fight", Wilder said.

"At the end of the day that [a rematch] is down to Tyson, but from my perspective I'd love the rematch", he said. Wilder struggled to land a punch as Fury's constant movement kept the champion off balance. "That's what we proved tonight, and I'm ready to do it again". I just showed the world tonight, everyone suffering with mental health, that you can come back and it can be done.

The challenger was flat-out on the canvas but somehow found a way to not only recover to beat the count but also box the better of the two men down the stretch.

  • Rosalie Stanley