Wilder mad at him­self af­ter watch­ing fight

Heavy­weight dis­ap­pointed he didn’t knock out Fury Satur­day

Woonsocket Call - - SPORTS - By BRIAN MA­HONEY

NEW YORK — 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.

Wilder agreed it was a close, tough fight to score, but only be­cause he al­lowed it to be. Head­lin­ing a pay-per-view for the first time on per­haps the big­gest night in years for Amer­i­can heavy­weight box­ing, Wilder wanted to de­liver some­thing spec­tac­u­lar and the mo­ment got to him.

“I aban­doned the whole game plan,” Wilder said. “That was a mis­take on my be­half. Like I said, I just wanted to get in there and just knock him out. I mean I wanted to end the show in a dev­as­tat­ing way. That was the whole thing go­ing through my mind. I couldn’t clear it out of my mind for some rea­son. I couldn’t.

“The at­mos­phere was so heavy and I fi­nally had the at­ten­tion that I de­served and there was only one thing on my mind, was to knock him out. But that’s what I do any­way. It was crazy. Every time I was go­ing back to the cor­ner I was telling my­self just calm down, but I couldn’t get out of that el­e­ment.”

He be­came an­i­mated watch­ing the re­play when he saw times a straight punch would have caught Fury, who kept try­ing to duck down low, but in­stead rushed an over-thetop shot that missed.

“See that ... right there! All I had to do was straight ‘pop!’” Wilder said. “He’s right here and I’m still over­throw­ing it while he’s at a pause right here, bending over.”

But the mis­takes could pro­vide a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for a re­match Wilder in­sists will hap­pen. He said he will try to gain a sig­nif­i­cant amount of weight, with a goal of 245 pounds af­ter he came in at 209 on Satur­day. He’s open to fight­ing Fury any­where, even in Bri­tain, though his pref­er­ences would be Las Ve­gas or Bar­clays Cen­ter in New York.

Wilder couldn’t take Fury out the first time, but fig­ures he at least did enough dam­age to soften him up for the se­cond.

“I don’t think he’s go­ing to be the same, es­pe­cially go­ing into a re­match and get­ting hit like that,” Wilder said. “I know my power and I know what I can do.”

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