Heavyweight boxing

Twitter backs Tyson Fury as it rages at Deontay Wilder retaining his world title after controversial draw in LA

  • Boxing community backs British boxer after judges declare the title fight a draw
  • Comeback from knockdown trends on the social media site as UK fans stay up until the small hours for heavyweight contest
PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 December, 2018, 2:18pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 December, 2018, 2:40pm

The biggest heavyweight fight of the year was always going to get people talking but that has only increased after Deontay Wilder retained his title following a split decision draw in the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.

Despite being on in the small hours in Tyson Fury’s native UK, his many fans stayed up to watch both men go the distance.

Many of them thought that the British fighter deserved to be leaving LA with Wilder’s title.

One of those was former British world heavyweight champion Frank Bruno who posted on Twitter to praise Fury’s “phenomenal comeback” and his disbelief that it was a draw.

Lennox Lewis, another British heavyweight champion of the world, wrote that it reminded him of his own fights in the US.

Leon McKenzie, a former Premier League footballer turned professional boxer, called out corruption for “ruining boxing” before calling Fury a true champion.

It was a sentiment shared by Billy Dib, the retired Australian boxer. Dib called the scorecard a robbery and declared Fury to be the “real champion”.

Boxing promoter Frank Warren lauded Fury for overcoming his personal demons and called for a rematch with Wilder.

Floyd Mayweather had earlier said that he had Fury up 7-0 inside eight rounds when he was interviewed while in the audience.

British golfer Tommy Fleetwood was one of a number of other sports stars that backed Fury, joking about the recent Tiger Woods v Phil Mickelson match that was decided on a 93-yard par three.

While the boxing community has piled in to support Fury, social media was never going to forget about what Wilder wore to enter the ring 12 rounds earlier. The unusual ensemble was compared to Shredder of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

True Geordie, who commentated on August’s Youtube fight between KSI and Logan Paul in Fury’s home city of Manchester, was one of many to liken the British boxer to WWE star The Undertaker.

Fury, of course, maintains his unbeaten record. One of the many achievements that the controversial showman has marked over the last two years.