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"With the two knockdowns I definitely won the fight", said the American.

First in the ninth and again in the 12th, and final round.

Wilder, the undefeated WBC champion retained his title after squaring off against undefeated challenger and former WBA, WBO, IBO, and unofficial lineal champion Fury, in front of nearly 18,000 people at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Three years ago, Fury (27-0-1, 19 KO's), 30, was a three-belt unified world titleholder after he shocked the world with a lopsided unanimous decision over Wladimir Klitschko, but the celebration was short-lived, as his entire world came crashing down on him.

Despite his bad footwork & balance, Deontay Wilder (last 8 fights) landed 40.9% of his total punches- #1 among CompuBox Categorical Leaders.

Manny Pacquiao, who has won world titles in eight weight classes, added on the social networking site: "Respect to Fury for sticking to his game plan and to Wilder for closing the gap with two huge knockdowns!"

Even though Wilder made a throat-slashing gesture and mouthed "It's over", Fury beat the count and went back to work.

Wilder, wearing a new gold mask and crown, was accompanied by J-Rock to the ring whilst fireworks went off and trumpeters played him into the arena. "Life continues. It is what it is", Fury said.

Fury also taunted Anthony Joshua, the undefeated holder of the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO crowns, from the ring. In all the other rounds the fighters were separated by a single point.

The hard-hitting Wilder knocked Fury down twice, including a brutal right-left combination that sent the towering Fury to the canvas in the 12th in what initially looked to be the end of the fight.

Wilder vs. Fury tests the raw power of the 6-foot-7 Wilder against the unmatched size and mobility of the 6-foot-9 Fury in the most significant heavyweight event in the U.S.in more than 15 years. He had climbed off the floor once already, but this time, surely it was all over.

He still ended up flat on the canvas in the 12th round, his eyes rolling backward while Wilder celebrated above him.

"I really thought I had him out of there", Wilder said afterwards. The Brit though finished the round strongly and goaded his opponent by dropping his hands and goading the American. "I've got good fighting spirit".

The WBC will sit down in the coming weeks to discuss the matter and vote on whether to force Wilder into a rerun with Fury.