Wilder: ‘9 out of 10’ ref­er­ees would’ve stopped Fury fight

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

Deon­tay Wilder be­lieves that “nine out of 10” ref­er­ees would have waved off his fight with Tyson Fury fol­low­ing the dra­matic 12th-round knock­down that led to Satur­day night’s con­tro­ver­sial fin­ish to their heavy­weight ti­tle fight.

Fury was win­ning the fight un­til he was caught by a heavy right-left com­bi­na­tion that sent him crash­ing to the can­vas and seem­ingly un­con­scious. Mirac­u­lously, Fury man­aged to get back to his feet in the nick of time to beat ref­eree Jack Reiss’ count, and bat­tled through the re­main­ing two min­utes to see out the fight that re­sulted in a split-de­ci­sion draw, en­sur­ing Wilder re­tained his WBC heavy­weight ti­tle and Fury re­mains the lin­eal cham­pion.

Fury’s cor­ner were left fu­ri­ous with the de­ci­sion as they felt the for­mer WBA, IBF and WBO cham­pion had done enough to win the bout and re­claim his world ti­tle sta­tus, but Wilder be­lieves that given Fury had al­ready been down in the ninth round and looked to be knocked un­con­scious in the 12th.

“We seen what he could do, what he was able to do, es­pe­cially with that get-up,” Wilder said. “That still sur­prises me. I seen this guy’s eyes roll slowly in the back of his head. And many peo­ple felt that should’ve been waved off. Nine out of 10 refs would’ve waved that off. I’ve seen many times where they’ve done waved that off. “Look at my brother, Ma­lik Scott, when he fought Dereck Chisora. Ma­lik was on his knees at nine, stood up at 10 and they waved it off im­me­di­ately. I felt like the count was very slow. I felt like there was a lot of de­lays in there.

-The In­de­pen­dent

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