Tyson Fury: 'I should have won, but my respects to Wilder'

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The 6-foot-9 Fury spent almost every moment of the fight nimbly avoiding Wilder's punches in a masterful display - except for the two moments when the 6-foot-7 Wilder viciously knocked him to the canvas.

"I don't think Wilder wanted to come to London, that's why Tyson (travelled)".

After somehow surviving a sustained attack from Ortiz, he slowly recovered and had to come from behind to knock his challenger out in the 10th round, leading to his fight with Fury.

Manny Pacquiao is looking forward to seeing a second chapter in the Wilder-Fury story after watching "two great heavyweights trading shots".

Fury - and much of the ringside media - felt he had won and that the WBC title should have been his.

"We're on away soil, I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight", Fury said.

Fury's veteran promoter Frank Warren is also keen for a rematch, calling for an open-air duel in Britain sometime in 2019.

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While the most common circumstances are for the defending champion, in this case Wilder, to have such an option, it has also been extended to the 30-year-old Fury, who had not planned such a unsafe fight so soon into his comeback and who is still regarded by some as the division's lineal champion. "The world knows I won the fight". "In a rematch, I can only imagine that he will be even better prepared". "I had a holy hand upon me tonight and brought me back".

"We want to do it again but we want to do it in the (United Kingdom)".

After years in the doldrums, boxing's heavyweight division has a box-office appeal that it has lacked since era of Lennox Lewis, Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield in the late 1990s. Everyone from Chadwick Boseman, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Shaquille O'Neal to boxing stars Gennady Golovkin and Mikey Garcia gathered for the marquee heavyweight bout. By the end of the round, they were going toe-to-toe as Fury regained his wits.

Fury by contrast cleverly picked his moments, finding Wilder with greater accuracy and causing a nasty swelling over the American's left eye.

But Fury never defended the belts as his life went into a downward spiral because of drug and alcohol abuse, mental health issues - including depression and suicidal thoughts - and enormous weight gain from around 260 pounds to 400.

"When I was down, I wasn't just down on that canvas for me and my family", Fury said. I showed good heart to get up. "I was representing everyone who suffers around the world. I had to get up and show that you can continue, that anything is possible".

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