'Absolute joke': Pundits and fans fuming as Tyson Fury is denied victory over Deontay Wilder
Fans and pundits have reacted with disbelief after Tyson Fury's world title bout with Deontay Wilder ended a draw.
Supporters felt Fury had done enough to win the bout, outboxing the reigning champion despite being knocked to the canvas twice.
The second of those came via a vicious left hand in the 12th round that seemed to have ended the bout. Fury managed, somehow, to return to his feet before the count ended. The man himself credited God with helping him to continue the fight.
“I had a holy hand upon me tonight,” Fury said. “And it brought me back.”
The judges scored the fight at 115-111 for Wilder, 114-112 for Fury and 113-113 as a draw was declared, meaning Wilder retained his WBC heavyweight title.
There is now expected to be a rematch, which will be hands down the most anticipated match-up of 2019.
Lennox Lewis, former world heavyweight champion, said Fury was the clear winner of the bout, empathising with the 'Gypsy King' as he referenced his own fight with Evander Holyfield that ended in a controversial draw back in 1999.
"They need to get some good judges, these judges were terrible," he said.
"It happened to me and I knew it was going to happen to him. Everybody could see who won. Boxing definitely won and Tyson Fury won the fight to me.
"But that's why you've got to go in and try and knock the other person out, especially if you're not on home soil. You've got to make your fists be the judges."
I just saw @Tyson_Fury come back from drugs, depression, two years of inactivity and massive weight loss to outbox the WBC Heavyweight champion, who was gifted a draw! In a rematch, I can only imagine that he will be even better prepared. #WilderFury2— Lennox Lewis (@LennoxLewis) December 2, 2018
Former two-weight world champion Andre Ward wrote on Twitter: “A draw, I understand (even tho I feel Fury won by a 2 or 3 rds).
“With 2 knockdowns & round here or there for Wilder and you have a draw in some people’s eyes. But 115-111 for Wilder is terrible, just terrible !! That’s what’s wrong with boxing. Fury’s stock went up !!!!!”
After a truly inspirational journey back from drink, drugs & depression, @Tyson_Fury puts on a performance that will inspire millions! I thought he won the fight, but the draw means nothing. He’s already won. Congratulations mate! 👊🏼#sobriety— Carl Froch MBE (@Carl_Froch) December 2, 2018
Trainer Dave Coldwell tweeted: “I gave Wilder two 10-8s and one other round. That’s it. Fury was brilliant tonight and the only man that looked like a winner.”
Other sportsmen paid tribute to the efforts of both fighters, with former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand saluting Fury for how he has dealt with his personal demons.
He wrote on Twitter: “As a sportsman what @Tyson_Fury has done tonight must be respected. What he has been through in his personal life, to put in a performance like that.”
A draw, I understand (even tho I feel Fury won by a 2 or 3 rds). With 2 knockdowns & round here or there for Wilder and you have a draw in some people’s eyes. But 115-111 for Wilder is terrible, just terrible !! That’s what’s wrong with boxing. Fury’s stock went up !!!!!— Andre S.O.G. Ward (@andreward) December 2, 2018
Manny Pacquiao, who has won world titles in eight weight classes, added on the social networking site: “Respect to Fury for sticking to his game plan and to Wilder for closing the gap with two huge knockdowns! Can’t wait to see the rematch.”
Los Angeles Lakers basketball star LeBron James wrote: “Man that was the funniest/craziest fight I’ve ever seen in my life.”
There were plenty more backing Fury on social media.
Absolute joke. Fury gave wilder a boxing lesson tonight and has been robbed with a split decision pic.twitter.com/l8jwnG3t5w— Olly Scott (@olly_scott10) December 2, 2018
There was, however, some support for the current champ:
I’m disappointed 💔 ain’t no way it was a draw. And all y’all talking bout Fury won wide, get out of here, don’t know boxing. Wilder won! Congrats @BronzeBomber !!!!! 🍾🎊🎉— ClaressaT-rexShields (@Claressashields) December 2, 2018
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