Wilder keeps ti­tle af­ter Fury draw

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Deon­tay Wilder and Tyson Fury fought to a split draw at Los An­ge­les, with Wilder re­tain­ing his World Box­ing Coun­cil heavy­weight ti­tle af­ter knock­ing down his Bri­tish chal­lenger twice.

Wilder (40-0-1) floored Fury (27-0-1) in the ninth and 12th rounds, yet Fury clearly out­boxed Wilder for large por­tions of the re­main­der of their en­ter­tain­ing show­down.

Fury looked fin­ished when Wilder put him flat on his back with two min­utes left in the fight, but he rose and made it to the bell. In other news:

• Olek­sandr Gvozdyk stopped Ado­nis Steven­son at 2:49 of the 11th round at Que­bec City to take the World Box­ing Coun­cil light heavy­weight ti­tle from the Cana­dian. Steven­son, 41, was put on a stretcher af­ter the fight and left Videotron Cen­tre in an am­bu­lance.

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