Tyson Fury’s team demand rematch after controversial draw
Tyson Fury’s promoter Frank Warren is demanding that the WBC review the controversial draw between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. Despite being knocked down twice, Fury was ahead on many experts’ scorecards and Warren wants the World Boxing Council to investigate.
Fury’s management team intend to ask the WBC to review the surprising draw in the stunning clash between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury in the early hours of Sunday morning. Fury survived two knockdowns in the fight – notably a “phoenix from the flames” recovery in the last round – but the 30-year-old took almost every other round on most peoples’ scorecards.
Rarely do fights live up to their pre-fight hype but this clash between the two unbeaten heavyweights certainly did. From initially showing respect to each other when the fight was first announced, the relationship between the pair became increasingly fraught and they had to be separated by security staff during the last press conference. Both fighters promised the knock-out of the other when the pair met in the ring.
The fight was billed as the boxer v the puncher with Fury possessing better ring skills and often proving difficult to hit due to his gigantic 6” 9” frame. With Wilder, it’s all about the power punch, with 39 of his 40 wins coming by way of a knockdown.
Fury started the fight well, his game plan to confuse Wilder was working and it was the Brit that was landing the more powerful shots. Despite being only Fury’s third fight since returning to the sport, the former heavyweight champion of the word was more energetic than his American opponent and Fury even delighted his supporters in the crowd by showboating.
Wilder is WBC champion for a reason though and reminded Fury of that fact by connecting with a shot in the 9th round that floored the Brit. Due to that knockdown, the 9th round was one of the few rounds that the American had won in many peoples’ minds and Wilder looked to be tiring badly towards the end of the fight.
Heading into the last round, Wilder probably thought that a knockout was the only way to retain his title and the 33-year-old nearly achieved the feat in a blistering attack. Just as it looked like Fury was avoiding Wilder’s power shots, he was hit with a savage combination and was knocked to the canvas.
It looked all over for Fury as he laid motionless for a precious few seconds but somehow he found the determination to beat the count. Survival was then the name of the game as he saw out the rest of the fight and the decision went to the ringside judges who scored the fight 115-111 for Wilder, 114-112 for Fury and 113-113 by the English judge. A result that meant Wilder retained his WBC belt.
Fury post-fight called the draw decision one of the worst decisions in boxing history. Many famous boxers praised Fury for his performance, with Lennox Lewis showing his supporting, saying the result was a joke. Lewis likened it to his infamous fight with Evander Holyfield. Andy Moran labeled the result and an “absolute disgrace”, whereas Frank Bruno tweeted, “draw my arse.”
Even if the WBC decide against ordering a re-match, the public hunger for another fight could well see terms agreed between the two camps. Another clash could see the mouth-watering prospect of a unification fight against Anthony Joshua take a step closer to reality.