Roach Didn’t Think Fury Was Getting Up In 12th
In the 12th round of his December 1st WBC world heavyweight title fight against Deontay Wilder, Freddie Roach thought Tyson Fury was done.
Fury was dropped by Wilder in the final round, the second of the fight, and was spread out on the canvas. Fury would barely beat referee Jack Reiss’ count of 10, which would see Fury bounce back and force a decision.
“It didn’t look like he was getting up,” Roach told BoxingScene.com following their split draw at Staples Center. “He’s got a tremendous amount of b***s.”
“He has great footwork and he’s very smooth,” Roach said. “I think he has great legs. When he boxed in my gym, 12 rounds, three times, I said, ‘This guy is in great shape.’ He doesn’t look like it. He’s not ripped and so forth. The thing is he came from over 350 pounds. I mean, he did really well for himself. I think he should be proud of himself tonight. And, you know, they have a rematch clause and why not?”
“He has so much heart. He was in against one of the biggest punchers out there, and it didn’t look like Wilder was gonna catch him at all. But he finally got aggressive and he knew that he needed that. [Wilder] did what he had to do and that was very impressive, also.”
Roach felt that the judges cost Fury the fight, believing the two rounds Wilder won 10-8 really should have been 10-9.
“Well, the one scorecard that had 115-111, whoever it was, was way off,” Roach said of Alejandro Rochin. “Again, we wanna be quiet about this. We’ll just go into the future, win a rematch or get a better opponent. I mean, that’s our only option. We’re not gonna just take an ordinary fight.”
“A rematch would definitely be different,” Roach stated. “He would have more time [to prepare]. Let’s face it – the first two tune-up fights weren’t worth nothing. But we’d be much better prepared [for the rematch].”
Initial Report: Boxing Scene