Judges did boxing a great dis­ser­vice

Of­fi­cials need to be held ac­count­able for the de­ci­sions they make to pre­vent fur­ther mis­car­riages of jus­tice


FOR boxing to be taken se­ri­ously we have to make judges ac­count­able for their ac­tions.

Tyson Fury won his fight against Deon­tay Wilder, in my eyes by three rounds. For it to be deemed a draw screams of in­jus­tice. We hate to taint our sport with the word, but that type of de­ci­sion sug­gests pos­si­ble cor­rup­tion.

Scor­ing like that of Mex­i­can judge Ale­jan­dro Rochin, 115-111 in favour of Wilder, is just plain wrong. I’m not say­ing he is cor­rupt, no one wants to get sued here, but when scor­ing is that far from what we have seen, eye­brows are raised and ques­tions must be asked. For boxing to move with the times it must be po­liced bet­ter. The judges should be made to sit down in front of a screen, re-watch the fight and show how they scored it with an in­de­pen­dent ad­ju­di­ca­tor along­side them. They both started off ner­vously, try­ing to find their range. Fury set­tled quicker and, for me, won three of the first five rounds. Wilder had to wait un­til Fury tired and then was able to tag him later in the fight. Wilder couldn’t man­han­dle his op­po­nent like he has been used to. Even when Fury was knocked down, he clearly had the edge in the rounds.

The way Fury came back from the knock­downs is a credit to the camp, as well as his de­ter­mi­na­tion. Good on him. The pro­moter, Shelly Finkel, says Wilder will fight bet­ter next time and Fury won’t. Wilder has to fight bet­ter, but Fury will im­prove, too. The more he’s in the ring the sharper he will be­come. Wilder needs his next fight to be the Fury re­match. His bar­gain­ing power with An­thony Joshua is ac­tu­ally weaker to­day be­cause he hasn’t re­solved whether he is bet­ter than Fury.

Fury has been to a dark place and come through as an in­spi­ra­tion. At 30, he has age on his side and this fight will have taught him that he has to keep boxing. Boxing is his crutch. Fight­ers need a focus and Fury needs to box reg­u­larly. That’s where he will find sta­bil­ity. – Daily Mail


DEON­TAY Wilder, left, and Tyson Fury, of Eng­land, trade punches dur­ing a WBC heavy­weightcham­pi­onship boxing match onSatur­day.

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