Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury: Controversial Decision (Details).
Let’s put this as plainly as possible, Tyson Fury was robbed on Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and it cost him the WBC heavyweight championship.
He completely outboxed Deontay Wilder for nine of the 12 rounds but was forced to settle for a split-decision draw after two judges turned in inexplicable scorecards. One scored the fight for Wilder and the other scored it a draw. Wilder scored two knockdowns in the fight, but it appeared he lost at least eight of the other nine rounds.
Wilder scored a knockdown in the ninth round after he landed a thudding blow on the top of his Fury’s head.
Fury didn’t appear to be hurt, but it was a legitimate knockdown and unquestionably had to be scored a 10-8 round.
However, in the 12th round, Wilder landed this titanic combination that appeared to finish Fury. Somehow, he made it to his feet and finished the bout offering legitimate offense that stymied any chance Wilder had of finishing the fight.
We’ve never seen any man get up from that kind of punch from Wilder, and it was a testament to Fury’s toughness and will to win. Despite the dual two-point rounds and perhaps one more frame that Wilder won, it’s hard to imagine him earning enough rounds to walk away with a draw or a win.
The fight was entertaining, but the decision was bewildering. It helps to make a rematch more feasible, but truthfully, the second knockdown already locked in the need for the two warriors to run it back. Both fighters deserve credit for their performances.
Wilder was being outboxed the entire fight, but he stayed the course and managed to land two punches that produced knockdowns. Fury, somehow, got back up from the titanic shot he took in the 12th round and not only finished but ended the fight with his own flurry. It was stunning on a whole, I just wish the judges had been as good as the fighters.
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