Deontay Wilder has sparred against Tyson Fury twice, and the boxer can’t accept how both fights turned out to be.
The former WBC heavyweight champion of the world, who held onto the coveted green and gold belt across five years and ten successful title defenses, was outperformed by the Gypsy King during their rematch in February last year, after their first faceoff in December 2018 ended in a draw.
Since then, Wilder has brought about multiple theories behind his first professional career defeat, from claiming that his water was spiked to outright accusing Fury of cheating.
I definitely knocked him out: Deontay Wilder claims referee gave Tyson Fury time to get up
Now, the “Bronze Bomber’ dials back to the first time he faced Fury inside the squared circle. The fascinating clash was comparatively more of an even contest between the heavyweight icons, and Wilder even grounded Fury n the ninth round, likely ending the match then and there.
In an utterly remarkable turn of events, Fury beat the count of match referee Jack Reiss and got back up from Wilder’s left hook, which makes the fans drop their jaw even to this day.
Although, Wilder feels that his left hook was the winning knockout, and believes he won the fight, insisting that the referee went ‘out of character’ and did not stop the fight early.
“I won that fight hands down,” Wilder recently said, “Not only with me knocking him (Fury) out. The ref gave him more time because he felt like it would be the right thing to do because of the type of fight it was.”
“It was a highly anticipated fight, had a lot on the line,” the 35-year-old went on, “Sometimes referees go out of character, feeling like, ‘I’m going to do what’s best for the sport,’ instead of what is in the rules.”
“I definitely knocked him out. The referee was Jack Reiss, and if you go back and look at any of his fights, he stops a lot of fights early,” Wilder added. (H/T WorldBoxingNews)
Although Wilder brings up his rivalry with Fury again and again, the pugilist himself recently made it clear that he’s not looking forward to a trilogy fight with the WBC heavyweight champion and would prefer to spar against boxers he hasn’t faced yet.