Fans in their hundreds of thousands tuned in on pay-per-view to watch Deontay Wilder defend his WBC crown against Tyson Fury. Although last Saturday’s title bout provided fireworks, it also ended in a controversial draw…
To say Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury was like a real-life version of the ‘Rocky’ movie would be an understatement. Both in terms of the fight itself and the backstory, Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury felt like it came straight from a Hollywood script.
The undefeated WBC heavyweight champ Wilder against a man many thought was done. Tyson Fury had tasted the glory of the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO, Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight titles by defeating long-reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko.
That was three years ago and since then Fury had battled depression, addiction, obesity and mental health issues. This was to be his fairytale comeback.
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Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury, Everybody Won On Some Level
Turns out the fairytale victory was Fury’s, albeit without a win on the scorecards. Wilder too could revel in the glory as he also remained undefeated, keeping the WBC belt in tow after the controversial judge’s verdict.
The draw had fans debating globally, how did one judge score the fight in Wilder’s favour with literally just two to four rounds possibly going his way? Fury’s manager Frank Warren revealed during a post-fight press conference in LA that he would appeal what many saw as the wrong decision.
According to the WBC, who sanctioned and oversaw the fight, the decision of a split draw stands:
WBC Statement Via Boxingscene.com, The Draw Stands
“The heavyweight fight between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury resulted in a sensational and dramatic heavyweight match and the end result could not be more just with a draw by the three scoring judges,” the WBC stated.
“Even though the draw, or the difference between one judge to another, has created some negative comments in social media, the WBC is proud of both champion Wilder and challenger Fury, as well as the ring officials who worked this event.
“All three judges are honorable members of the boxing community with unquestionable integrity and honorability. Wilder and Fury fought like warriors inside the ring, but at the end gave everybody a lesson of humility. We are extremely proud for their behavior and sportsmanship.
“Wilder won, Fury win, boxing won. Boxing is a sport which is scored with objectivity. There are no goals, no runs, no baskets; it is the judges determination round by round to come up with the final score at the end of the fight.
“This fight had two knockdowns, which certainly made the difference which allowed Deontay Wilder to defend his title successfully. The WBC must recognize the California State Athletic Commission for their dedication and unquestionable leadership in boxing. I must praise the CSAC for working to find a neutral panel of officials with the consideration of having a fighter from the United States of America and a fighter from the United Kingdom.