Wilder sees missed op­por­tu­nity in re­play of bout

The Korea Times - - SPORTS - NEW YORK (AP)

— Deon­tay Wilder fired his right hand out from his body, demon­strat­ing the way he should have punched Tyson Fury.

He was frus­trated with the ref­eree. Dis­ap­pointed in Floyd May­weather Jr. An­gry with Show­time’s scorer.

Mostly, Wilder was mad at him­self.

Five days later, the WBC heavy­weight cham­pion was still both­ered by the way he fought in his draw with Fury on Satur­day night in Los An­ge­les.

“Fury was ev­ery­thing I ex­pected him to be. It’s not what Fury did, it’s what I didn’t do,” Wilder said Thurs­day. “You seen the best of Fury, you didn’t see the best of me. “I wanted to end the show with a dev­as­tat­ing knock­out and I got too ex­cited.”

Wilder (40-0-1) watched the full fight for the first time dur­ing a lunch that was used to pro­vide footage for an all-ac­cess look at the fight that will run Satur­day af­ter Show­time airs the re­play. He was still amazed that Fury got up from a pow­er­ful com­bi­na­tion that sent him flat on his back in the 12th round, but be­lieved Fury (27-0-1) ben­e­fited from a break from ref­eree Jack Reiss.

“Look at him! Ni­i­i­i­ine,” Wilder said, im­i­tat­ing what he felt was a dra­mat­i­cally long count from Reiss to al­low Fury to get up and fin­ish the fight.

Still, Wilder be­lieved the knock­down, his se­cond of the fight, had al­lowed him to clinch the vic­tory. He said he didn’t re­gret not try­ing harder to fin­ish Fury af­ter­ward, be­cause he thought the win was se­cured.

“If it was close, that knock­down, I feel like it put me on top,” Wilder said.

Only one of the judges agreed, with one scor­ing the bout for Fury and an­other hav­ing it 113-113. That was much closer than Show­time scorer Steve Far­hood, who gave only one of the first eight rounds to Wilder on his card that fans watch­ing the fight could see af­ter each round.

“Some­one has got to ex­plain to me why this is sup­pos­edly a Tyson Fury round,” pro­moter Lou DiBella said af­ter watch­ing the end of one of those early rounds.

May­weather was even harsher to the cham­pion, giv­ing him none of the first five rounds when he was in­ter­viewed in the arena be­tween rounds. Wilder said he had no re­la­tion­ship with May­weather but im­plied the re­tired for­mer cham­pion was inse­cure any time there was too much at­ten­tion on an­other Amer­i­can fighter.

AP-Yon­hap

Tyson Fury, right, of Eng­land, con­nects with Deon­tay Wilder dur­ing a WBC heavy­weight cham­pi­onship box­ing match in Los An­ge­les on Dec. 1. Wilder is still frus­trated by the way he fought in his draw with Fury. The WBC heavy­weight cham­pion watched a re­play of the fight for the first time Thurs­day and saw things he did in­cor­rectly.

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