Wilder: Fury Rematch Not Needed If Ortiz Ref Was There

Deontay Wilder feels that if the third man in the ring for his knockout of Luis Ortiz was the same for his 2018 fight with Tyson Fury, there would be no need for a rematch.

If Kenny Bayless were the referee for his draw with Tyson Fury, not Jack Reiss, Deontay Wilder feels there’d be no need for their upcoming rematch.

“The way that he fell,” Wilder said of when Ortiz hit the canvass on November 23rd in Las Vegas. “and the way his body language was looking, you know, one side of me was like, ‘Man, he can’t get up.’ You know, I looked back again to make sure he wasn’t getting up. And I think the referee did a great job of stopping that fight. If we would’ve had him in the Fury fight, we wouldn’t be talking about a Fury [rematch] right now.”

The referee in question in the Ortiz affair was Kenny Bayless, who stopped the fight as soon as Ortiz went out, while in the 2018 fight with Fury, referee Jack Reiss began a count even though Fury was knocked down more emphatically that Ortiz was.

“My only gripe is,” Ortiz said during the post-fight press conference, “obviously I really feel that being a championship fight, it’s a grudge match and the ref probably could’ve just let it go on. There was eight seconds left, seven seconds left. Let’s see what happens. [I could] recover in the corner. You know, give me the benefit of the doubt. It is what it is now, but I’m very upset that didn’t happen because I’m a fighter. I wanna fight. You know?”

Report: Boxing Scene

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