The recently-concluded Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury fight has once again put the heavyweight division in the spotlight. The boxing world went abuzz after the fight ended in a tie-contest, with fans claiming that ‘The Gypsy King’ has done enough to secure the win.
But Wilder fans have countered this claim with their own theory, insisting that Fury did not actually beat the count after a vicious knockdown in the twelfth round. Supporting this position, the Bronze Bomber himself uploaded a video on social media, proving that his challenger failed to get up from his second knockdown on time.
Wilder, who was billed as the heavy favourite to win the fight, was dominated by Fury in the early rounds. But the defending champion was able to establish a momentum after scoring his first knockdown in the ninth round with a solid right hand. The 30-year-old Briton restored order in the tenth and eleventh rounds, landing significant strikes as the American champion looked for his ‘one big shot.’
The lineal heavyweight champion seemed to be in cruise control but a second knockdown in the final round boosted Wilder’s chances. Wilder thought he had knocked Fury out and went to an early celebration. To everyone’s surprise, Fury rose back from the dead and finished the fight.
After 12 intense rounds, Mexican judge Alejandro Rochin scored 115-111 in favour of ‘The Bronze Bomber’, Robert Tapper of Canada tallied 114-110 for Fury, while Phil Edwards of the United Kingdom had it tied at 113-113, resulting to a split decision draw.
Fury’s resurrection in the closing stage was one of the best highlights of the Saturday tussle, earning him a nomination for the Greatest Sporting Moment of the Year in the annual BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards. Wilder himself was clueless about how his challenger managed to come back from the dead but he sure knows that he was not able to get back up on time.
Wilder’s recent tweet contradicted his claim that he will not complain about this issue. But he cleared that a rematch with Fury is the only next fight he wants.
“God alone knows how Tyson got up from that last round knockdown and maybe the count was slow but I’m not going to complain. Tyson somehow survived and came back from hell. Some people thought he deserved to win, but some people thought I won and some people thought it was a draw. But seriously I want the rematch before any other fight. No-one else.”
‘The Bronze Bomber’ took to Twitter early this morning to prove this notion. He uploaded a video of the twelfth round knockdown with a timer, which shows that Fury was still on his knee at the count of ten. He also called his naysayers ‘sick MFS.’ Watch it below: