Judges, Referee Announced for Wilder-Fury II
Looking for a clear outcome this Saturday, February 22, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has approved the three judges and referee who are in charge of the Deontay Wilder v. Tyson Fury rematch.
According to BoxingScene, it will be all Americans scoring the fight. Glenn Feldman (Connecticut), Dave Moretti (Nevada) and Steve Weisfeld (New Jersey) will be the judges of the bout, while Kenny Bayless (Nevada) will be the referee.
The last time Wilder (42-0-1) and Fury (29-0-1) fought in 2018, they had three judges from the United States, Canada and England. Robert Tapper (Canada) scored the fight 114-112 in favor of Fury. America’s Alejandro Rochin (based in California) scored the bout 115-111 in favor of Wilder. Phil Edwards (England) scored the bout 113-113, resulting in the famed draw finish.
There are sure to be those questioning how there wasn’t another judge from outside America. Fury (Manchester) hasn’t expressed any care regarding the judges, willing to use his skills as the only way to win. He has predicted a second-round KO.
Bayless has worked with Fury before, in his return bout against Tom Schwarz last June. The other judges have no unique history with either fighter. Absent in this bout is Jack Reiss, who was the third man in the ring in 2018. Reiss has been known as a no-nonsense character, and is willing to do what he believes is right for the sport. He saw firsthand the otherworldly spirit of Fury as he rose up following a few vicious Wilder (Tuscaloosa) knockdowns.
Will there be any controversy this time around? Wilder and Fury will be facing off inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.