Fury’s Promoter & BBoC File Complaint With WBC

Following a controversial split-decision draw on December 1st, both promoter Frank Warren and the British Boxing Board of Control are set to file a complaint over the result of Tyson Fury’s WBC world title opportunity against Deontay Wilder.

Many saw Fury as the clear winner, even with Wilder scoring two knockdowns in the later round of the fight, the judges would be split across the board, with one scoring it 113-113 even, 115-111 for Wilder, and 112-114 for Fury.

“I’ve spoken to Charlie Giles, president of the British Boxing Board of Control and they, along with us, will be writing to the WBC asking that they look at what’s gone on there and to order the rematch,” Warren said following his fighter coming up short at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

“The Mexican judge (Alejandro Rochin) got it wrong. I genuinely feel sorry for Tyson. He’s been robbed and it wasn’t right.”

Looking back at his first title fight since 2015, Fury said: “It was a great performance, if I do say so myself.

“I’m very happy with the fight, but put it this way, if I didn’t get knocked down twice in that fight, on one of the judge’s scorecards I’d have still lost, so he needs banning from boxing forever because he clearly can’t judge.

Reflecting on the judging, Fury would blast Alejandro Rochin, the judge who voted for Wilder, “Rochin, you need sacking, or to go to Specsavers, mate” claimed the lineal heavyweight champion. “I’ve never seen a worse decision in my life. I don’t know what fight those judges were watching; the guy who gave it 115-111, I don’t know what he was watching. It ain’t the first time this has happened.

“That’s as bad a decision as the first Lennox Lewis-Evander Holyfield fight (in 1999), but who am I to say anything? I’m just a fighter, I’m not the judges.

“You can’t take anything away from me or Wilder; we done our best. (But) it’s stuff like this that gives boxing a bad name.”

 

Initial report: The Guardian

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