It may come as a surprise for many boxing fans when a fighter favours a foreign panel of judges over their compatriots, but for Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs), a panel featuring judges from the United States is ideal, even when going against Deontay Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs), who hails from Alabama. The WBC heavyweight champion is just a day away from defending his belt against the former champion at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and reveals to be happy about the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) picking all three judges from the US.
U.S. boxing people are very, very fair, it’s usually the British that you get a robbery against: Tyson Fury
For Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3, the NSAC has assigned Tim Cheatham and Dave Moretti from Nevada and Steve Weisfeld from New Jersey for the judges’ panel, while veteran referee Russell Mora, who hails from Nevada as well, will conduct the bout.
Fury, who hails from Wythenshawe, Manchester, considers the all-US judges’ panel on 9th October to be working to his advantage. On top of that, the Briton possesses a house in Henderson, Nevada, which according to Fury makes him a ‘US person’ as he resides there from time to time.
In a recent interview with Boxing Scene, Fury revealed his positive outlook on getting two judges from Nevada for the Wilder fight, and he also hailed the American judges to be much fairer than their British counterparts.
“It’s good, because I’m a U.S. person,” said Fury, “I’m happy there’s only U.S. judges because this is my home here in Las Vegas. And, you know, from what I’ve found the U.S. boxing people are very, very fair people. I’ve never known them not to be. It’s usually the British that are the ones you get a robbery against.”
Recounting back to his first encounter against Wilder which ended without a winner, Fury addressed that the judge that did not favour him, Phil Edwards, lives very close to him and it is possibly the reason that makes the ‘Gypsy King’ not favour his own countrymen to be on the judges’ panel.
“In my fight in Los Angeles with Wilder the first time, it was actually the British judge that went against me. It was Phil Edwards. He actually lives 20 minutes from my house,” added Fury.
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