Referee Bayless Was Close To Stopping Wilder-Fury Fight
The third man in the boxing ring has one of the most important jobs out there. It is his duty to see if a fighter can continue and that they abide by the rules. Referee Kenny Bayless was going to eventually abide by the first duty. He stated he was close to ending the rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.
The fight ended in the seventh round when Wilder’s corner threw in the towel. Speaking on SirusXM’s FIGHT NATION, the veteran referee stated he himself was ready to call off the bout.
“It was a good stoppage in my opinion because in the minute’s rest between rounds before the stoppage I went over to Deontay, “Bayless stated. I looked him in the face, and I gave him the line that us referees give the fighters to let them know, ‘Hey, you’ve got to show me something.’ They know that if you go back out there and you don’t show me something, then I might have to do my job and stop it.
“Deontay is a warrior,” Bayless continued. When I saw the towel come in out of the corner of my eyes and stopped it, Deontay’s first response was, ‘Why did I stop it?’ I let him know it was his corner that stopped it, but I was very close to stopping it.”
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Mark Breland, the assistant trainer who threw in the towel, has been criticized by Wilder and head trainer Jay Deas for stopped the bout. Wilder expressed his frustrations to anyone that would hear him, stating he is a warrior and would rather die in the ring than get the fight called off.
Wilder showed no signs of coming back, forcing the corners hands.
During the bout, it appeared that Wilder was bleeding from inside the ear after the first of two knockdowns. Bayless talked about the situation that took place following the knockown round.
“I thought that the blood was coming from the inside of the ear,” Bayless went on to say. “At the end of the round when I went over to check, the doctor was already in the ring while I was picking up the scorecard. The doctor looked at me and said, “He’s all right.’ So at that point I left it alone.
“It wasn’t until after the fight that the doctor said Deontay wears those things in his earlobes, those rings. Apparently, the lobe got cut and it was the lobe that was bleeding, not the eardrum.”
Although Wilder wouldn’t’ be, it appears that Breland and Bayless were on the same page.