Deontay Wilder & Tyson Fury’s Fight Ends in Controversial Draw
Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury fought it out in a 12-round match only for it all to end as a draw.
In what most analysts have described as a questionable decision, two judges scored the match for each fighter, while a third had it as a draw.
Telegraph reports that Judge Robert Tapper scored the fight 114-112 for Fury, Alejandro Rochin gave Wilder the match with 115-111, and British judge Phil Edwards scored it a 113-113 draw.
Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury fought to a split-decision draw on Saturday night here in Los Angeles, with the Alabaman retaining his WBC heavyweight title for an eighth time after knocking down his British challenger twice.
But it was a dramatic contest, and a bewildering performance from the self-proclaimed Gypsy King, whose movement and footwork – slipping and sliding – allowed him to win most of the rounds. But when Wilder landed, he was dangerous, flooring Fury in the ninth and 12th rounds.
Fury did well to recover from the second knockdown as Jack Reiss counted him. Somehow, Fury got back to his feet and even had an exhausted Wilder in trouble.
Judge Robert Tapper scored the fight 114-112 for Fury, while Alejandro Rochin favored Wilder 115-111. Judge Phil Edwards, the only British judge, scored it a 113-113 draw.
Your correspondent had the contest by three rounds to Fury, who comprehensively outboxed Wilder to show that he is the most skilled heavyweight on the planet, and a showman.
Most analysts had Fury for the win, despite going down twice: in the 9th and 12th rounds. The boxer got back up both times, wearing Wilder out.
Although Wilder retains his WBC heavyweight title with the result, promoter Frank Warren has said he’ll demand “for a rematch which we want in the UK.”
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