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Deontay Wilder enters tonight's contest sporting a ideal professional record of 40-0.

"This Wilder-Fury judging takes me back to my first fight with Evander Holyfield", he said on Twitter.

Entering the third saw slight boos from the crowd due to lack of engagement between the pair as Fury insisted on keeping coy and Wilder marched forward looking for an opening, tagging the former champ as the bell sounded 10 seconds to go in the round.

The 30-year-old "Gypsy King", who returned to boxing this year after missing more than two years through depression, drink and drug problems, had boxed cleverly to evade the heavy-hitting threat of Wilder for most of the fight.

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 at Staples Center on Saturday.

The American champion struggled to connect cleanly with Fury throughout an absorbing contest, all too often sending huge arcing haymakers whistling past Fury's head.

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In the ninth, Wilder found success when he walked the challenger down, landing with a right that put Fury on the backseat of his trousers. Fury's gameplan was known to everyone from the outset, fight on the outside using his length and set traps for the occasionally undisciplined Wilder to try and catch him off balance or rushing in. I showed good heart to get back.

In the tenth, Fury found much more success with his pinpoint one-two, penetrating the guard of the spindly Wilder.

There is, however, doubt as to whether Wilder would take a rematch.

When the bell sounded, Fury ran to the ring corner, nearly falling over, to salute the crowd and cheer.

"The AJ fight is up to them, they have to stop being cowards, we are moving on from him", Wilder said.


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