Wilder sees missed opportunity in replay of bout
— 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.
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.