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
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.
Massive respect to @Tyson_Fury he’s a champ, a phenomenal comeback I’ve never shouted so much at a tv, be proud you’ve brought so much excitement to British boxing tonight congratulations your a winner in my eyes & the rest of the UK
Draw my arse! pic.twitter.com/NJjufCYcEP
— Frank Bruno MBE (@frankbrunoboxer) 2 December 2018
Lennox Lewis, another British heavyweight champion of the world, wrote that it reminded him of his own fights in the US.
This #WilderFury judging takes me back to my first fight with @holyfield Just goes to show how hard it is for a Brit to come to America and take someone’s belt even tho that’s what we clearly saw. Big up to @Tyson_Fury who never ceases to amaze me. Hold ur head high!
— Lennox Lewis (@LennoxLewis) 2 December 2018
Leon McKenzie, a former Premier League footballer turned professional boxer, called out corruption for “ruining boxing” before calling Fury a true champion.
Corruption ruining boxing. Thank you @Tyson_Fury you won that fight and great speech. True champion what a performance.
— Leon Mckenzie (@LeonMckenzie1) 2 December 2018
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”.
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) 2 December 2018
Boxing promoter Frank Warren lauded Fury for overcoming his personal demons and called for a rematch with Wilder.
After overcoming mental health issues, depression and nearly 3 years out of the ring, we believe @Tyson_Fury overcame @BronzeBomber tonight too.
It sounds like a lot of you agree.
WE WANT THE REMATCH!#WilderFury pic.twitter.com/tgiYe92RBA
— Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) 2 December 2018
Floyd Mayweather had earlier said that he had Fury up 7-0 inside eight rounds when he was interviewed while in the audience.
What a Robbery. Tyson Fury is the real Champion. Made well wilder look ordinary pic.twitter.com/tpuPPYPjvz
— Billy The Kid (@BillyDib) 2 December 2018
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.
Still trying to figure out how first of all Fury got up in the last round, secondly how a judge scored it 115-111 to Wilder, and thirdly, who would’ve won if it went to a 93 yard par 3 to decide a winner??
— Tommy Fleetwood (@TommyFleetwood1) 2 December 2018
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.
No matter what the result Tyson Fury is showing a boxing masterclass. I can’t be bothered to argue with people that still believe that Wilder is a levels boxer.
— Santan (@Santandave1) 2 December 2018
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.
Tyson fury hit all the buttons a hundred times and got up
— Wale (@Wale) 2 December 2018
Fury, of course, maintains his unbeaten record. One of the many achievements that the controversial showman has marked over the last two years.